Casual Connect USA 2017 – International program to highlight emerging trends of the video games industry in several conference tracks
Computer Games Association has announced that Casual Connect USA 2017 will be held August 1-3, 2017, at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, Washington, USA. Casual Connect debuted its very first USA show in Seattle in 2006. Now, 11 years later, Casual Connect USA will return to Seattle as part of CGA’s recently announced events rotation.
Casual Connect USA is CGA’s largest event – complete with the 19th Indie Prize Awards and major networking parties. Over 2,000 professionals from different fields in the gaming industry will gather for three days of lectures, workshops, exhibition, showcases and networking events with 200 speakers and 40 Indie Prize Showcase teams.
This year, Casual Connect will offer nine different tracks in four lecture halls on August 1-3: Industry Insights, Casino, Market Navigation, The Business of Games, Design & Development, Design Innovator, Next-Gen, Growth, and Audio. Two special events will also be held on Day 0 (July 31): LiveOps Connect and United in Diversity. Casual Connect is also partnering with IGDA for its recurring mentorship program – this time bringing IGDA’s Mentor Cafe to the show.
Casual Connect Encompasses The World.
At Casual Connect events, members of the press and media have the opportunity to interview founders and CEOs of major game industry companies, cover lectures from over 100 games industry professionals, discover the world’s best indie developers before everybody else, and catch up with colleagues from around the world at high-profile networking parties.
Reporters and journalists can apply for a free press pass to any show so they can cover the event live. Streamers can apply for a free streamer pass so they can livestream Casual Connect as it happens. Media partners get branding on our websites in exchange for writing and featuring promotional articles pre- and post-show on their sites. Game Nations partners get branding on our websites and recognition in our promotional materials in exchange for hosting events with indie gamedev contests where the winner is automatically entered into an upcoming Indie Prize showcase event.