FUNDING AND FINANCING
THE VIDEOGAME INDUSTRY
May 15-16, 2014
Angoulême, France

Welcome to Videogame Economics Forum 2014!

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Videogame Economics Forum 2014 (VEF) will take place in Angoulême, South-West of France - close to Bordeaux and Cognac - on Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16.

VEF is fully dedicated to videogame industry business models and funding and financing issues, and is the only event of its kind in Europe.

VEF brings together investors, business angels, VCs, bankers, CEOs, and analysts for two days of extremely intense meetings, keynotes, pitch projects, and “one-on-one” meetings.

 

Videogame Economics Forum 2014 is proud to announce a prestigious line-up of speakers:

Top notch international investors will be at Videogame Economics Forum:

  • Ian Baverstock - Tenshi Ventures
  • Reinout te Brake - GWC Investment
  • Dr. Lars Buttler - Madison Sandhill Global
  • Marc Jackson - Seahorn Capital Group
  • Guillaume Lautour - ID Invest
  • Jonathan Newth - Tenshi Ventures
  • John Stokes - Quebec Venture Capital Association / Real Ventures

French studios will be there as well with their investors:

François Xavier Dedde - Directeur de Participations NTIC - Omnes Capital will discuss with Charles Christory - CEO and Founder of Adictiz.
Samya Glangetas - Directeur d’investissements - Nestadio Capital - and Frédérique Doumic - CEO of OUAT Entertainement - will talk about “Supporting a studio in times of crisis”

 

We are looking forward to listening to prestigious keynote speakers:

Andrew Sheppard, Kabam Studios President, will give VEF 2014 opening keynote.

Kabam is the leader in the western world for free-to-play core games. Kabam’s hit franchise Kingdoms of Camelot has grossed more than $200 million in less than four years and is one of the top ten strategy franchises of all time. Dragons of Atlantis is another top 20 strategy game. Kabam has partnered with leading Hollywood studios for mobile and Web games based on such iconic films as The Hobbit, Fast & Furious 6, and The Godfather. Seven Kabam games gross more than $1 million per month, including three grossing more than $2 million and two grossing more than $7 million per month. Currently, three Kabam games are on the iOS Top 15 grossing list. At the end of 2012, Kabam’s first mobile game, Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North was the highest grossing app on iOS of the year.
Kabam also publishes games by third party developers, including Book of Heroes (iOS) and Wartune (Kabam.com). Launched in 2012, Kabam Publishing provides outside developers access to the same technology platform and marketing tools that Kabam’s in-house development teams use to bring wildly popular games to players worldwide. In April 2013, Kabam announced the $50 million WWDevFund to help eastern game developers bring their games to western markets.
Founded in 2006 in Silicon Valley, Kabam has 700 employees across three continents, with corporate headquarters in San Francisco, game studios in San Francisco, Austin, Tex., Vancouver, Canada, and Beijing, China, and business offices in London, England, Seoul, Korea, Strassen, Luxembourg, and Berlin, Germany.
Since 2010, Kabam bought Exploding Barrel Games, WonderHill, Fearless Studios, Gravity Bear, Wild Shadow Studios, Balanced Worlds and, more recently, Phoenix Age.

 

Another prestigious keynote speaker is Justin Bailey - COO of Double Fine Productions, producer and distributor of “Broken Age”, the latest game by Tim Schafer (Grim Fandango). Broken Age became the largest crowdfunded videogame project in 2012, raising over 3.45 million from more than 87.000 backers within the month. According to Wikipedia, “. It remains one of the highest-backed crowdfunded projects of any type, and its success helped to establish Kickstarter and other crowdfunding mechanisms as a viable alternative to traditional venture capital and publisher funding for niche video game titles”.
Justin Bailey will explain how Double Fine is leveraging its community to finance, develop, and publish games.

Justin Bailey will also participate in a panel discussion “Crowdfunding failures and successes: what went well, what went wrong”.

 

Kate Edwards, Executive Director, IGDA, will give VEF 2014 opening address and will host a panel discussion entitled “Starting up and Breaking Out: Incubators, Accelerators, Crowd-Funding”.

 

Alain Tascan, former CEO of Ubisoft Montréal and EA Montréal will interview John Stokes about investments in Canada.
John Stokes has more than 15 years of experience, both as a founder and an investor, in start-ups and growth companies. Prior to arriving in Montreal in 2007, he spent 10 years in Asia Pacific where he was an active angel investor and entrepreneur principally in the mobile, media and internet sectors. He is a Founding Partner at Real Ventures where he continues to invest and work alongside entrepreneurs operating in the wireless, internet, and media space. In addition, Mr. Stokes is an active board member of the Quebec Venture Capital Association where he continues to play a role in the development and financing of entrepreneur driven businesses in Quebec and Canada.

 

Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer, GamesBeat at Venture Beat, will share his vision of the evolution of the industry. Founded in 2006, VentureBeat - one of the “top blogs” according to the New-York Times - is the leading source for news and perspective on technology innovation. Their news, analysis, and events provide deep context to help executives, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts make smart decisions. Dean previously worked at the San Jose Mercury News where he covered venture capital, and the Wall Street Journal.

 

Last, but not least, Thierry Baujard - CEO - Peacefulfish - will explain more about “Capital Games Fund: A local drive / initiative for game productions”. Nicolas Gaume - President of SNJV - will give a keynote entitled: “How to eat soup with a fork? Challenges and opportunities in funding a videogame company in France”.

 

 

Free Master class for participants “Exciting pitch projects to convince investors…

How to pitch a project in front of investors? What are investors looking for? How to get them interested in your project in less than 3 minutes? How to keep their attention on your project? What works, what doesn't work when addressing VCs and business angels? This is the challenge in the pitch projects sessions scheduled during the Videogame Economics Forum 2013!

 

To get ready to pitch your project in front investors, free training session will take place on Monday, April 28th in Paris, from 2 pm to 6 pm at CNAM (2 rue de Conté, 75003 Paris - Salle 33 1 19). In partnership with Pôle Image Magelis, ENJMIN, CNAM, and NX Publishing, Guillaume Lautour will offer a one day training session for Videogame Economics Forum attendees who registered to pitch a project in front of investors during the event. Guillaume Lautour, partner, ID Invest, is not only an investor. He is also a gamer. And he will help you to answer these questions and many others related to funding and financing videogame studios.

 

This is a perfect opportunity for game studios representatives, who are looking for funding, to learn from a renowned Venture Capitalist. Guillaume will ask all participants to pitch their projects. Then, he will start a discussion between projects bearers. Through creative and positive critics, everybody will learn from each other, under the supervision of Guillaume Lautour.

 

Suscribe by sending an email at : ejacobjuin@magelis.org or call 05 45 38 51 54

 

 

Videogame Economics Forum is the leading European event dedicated to funding and
financing Interactive Entertainment industries

VEF 2013Videogame Economics Forum brings together influential investors, ventures capitalists and business angels, bankers, analysts, and leaders from interactive entertainment industries for two days of speed dating, project presentations, intense panel discussions and hot case studies. From new business models to new distribution pipelines, from monetization to new trends and opportunities, Videogame Economics Forum is the perfect place to share knowledge and anticipate tectonic movements Interactive Entertainment industries are facing.

 

Last year, Videogame Economics Forum had the privilege to welcome Cindy Au - Head of Community / Kickstarter, Christophe Baroux - Sales & Business Development Manager, Europe du Sud / Google Enterprise, Stéphane Bittoun - General Manager / My Major Company, Mickael Bougis - Senior Manager, Partner Management / Electronic Arts Ltd, Alain Tascan - President & CEO / SAVA Transmedia, Thibaut Revel - Partner / Clipperton Finance, Alain Benisty - General Manager / CM-CIC Capital Innovation Crédit Mutuel CIC, Tanu-Matti Tuominen - Partner & Co-Founder / Vision+ Fund, Sam Dahmani - Sales and Marketing Director / 3DDuo, Zack Karlsson - Vice President - Business Development & Digital Platforms / Capcom…

Videogame Economics Forum 2014 will take place in Angoulême, South West of France from May 15th to May 16th. Angoulême is located close to Bordeaux and Cognac.

We look forward to seeing you there.

SNJV supports Videogame Economics Forum

Julien Villedieu, General Manager of SNJV - National Syndicate of French Videogame Studios - declares: "SNJV supports Videogame Economics Forum. Financing games and game studios or publishers became a major issue for all actors of videogame industry. Organizing meetings between financers, investors and videogame actors is a key factor to improve mutual understanding and convince financers to invest into the French Videogame Industry".