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Mentorship Program.

The IGDA is excited to bring its popular IGDA Mentor Café to Casual Connect USA once again, this time in Anaheim, California!

IGDA Mentor Cafés are designed to provide bursts of meaningful learning and each IGDA Mentor Café is as unique as its participants. Your responses to the questions asked below play a significant role in creating an experience that is impactful to mentees and mentors alike.

The IGDA Mentor Café at Casual Connect USA 2018 will take place on Thursday, 18 January, from 10AM-1PM. The café is open only to Casual Connect attendees, though those wishing only to receive advice from mentors can apply for a temporary pass to access the mentorship area. Email Orchid at for more information.
The application will close on 14 January 2018. Applicants will be notified by 16 January of their status. Those who miss the January 14 deadline are still welcome to drop in on January 18 at North Exhibit Hall H and inquire about open slots. Email Orchid at for more information.

*IGDA members can save 30% on Casual Connect passes. Click HERE for information (requires login).

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White Papers

Take a look through the following documents to learn how to make the most of your time at conferences, gain a deeper understanding of business development, and much more.

20 Tips for a Great Conference. Conferences and conventions are an incredibly effective (and often fun) means of networking with people who share your interests and goals, and may also be a great source of new business opportunities. Here are 20 tips that will help you make the most of any business event you attend!

Go-Go-Gadget Business Development. One of the best things you can do to support your company’s long-term stability and growth is business development. This guide will introduce you to basic business development skills and useful programs and software, as well as tips for integrating business development into your daily routine.

Pitching to a Publisher. When dealing with a publisher, there are aspects you need to know how to handle and be ready for. This guide provides step-by-step instructions to make sure you bring your A-game to the publishers you're seeking to work with.

Developer Showcase.

Are you an established game developer? Come to Casual Connect to foster relationships with other developers, gain exposure for your professional development team and beautiful games, and learn how to succeed in the new games ecosystem.

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Premium Developer Showcase & Meeting Tables

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highlighting creative, fun and beautiful games

Indie Prize.

Indie Prize is a scholarship and competition focused on the up and coming creative force of the games industry. Across four global events, over 500 teams showcase their games and compete for prizes and the coveted Indie Prize Awards.

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Indie Prize Kids League.

After the success of Indie Prize KIDS League at Casual Connect Kyiv in October 2017, Kids League is going GLOBAL!

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Indie Prize Kids League

We are happy to officially announce that Casual Connect and the international Indie Prize scholarship – due to KID'IT's initiative – have added a new category to our program: Indie Prize KIDS League International. The best games created by the youngest game developers from all over the world will be chosen in three categories:
– the best game in category 5-6 years old
– the best game in category 7-8 years old
– the best game in category 9-10 years old

Criteria that will be taken into consideration by our international jury are the same as the criteria for grown-ups: game design, fun factor, art and sound. Submissions are due December 1. Those interested can apply HERE now.

KID'IT is the first EdTech platform of offline courses started in Ukraine that focuses on creativity development through technology for children (5-10 years old) and their parents. The main aim of the project is to shift child usage of technology from passive to active, giving them the understanding of how to create their own stories and games and giving them the feeling of what global citizenship is like.

Three finalists will be announced on January 18 during the Indie Prize Awards Ceremony at Casual Connect USA.

Lectures and Education.

Get Smart, Make Better Games. Learn the latest in game design, monetization, industry issues, business development, and much more.

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Famous Lecture Highlights

Casual Connect features topics that really matter to creating a successful developer. Staying in business and staying independent is a topic we take seriously.

Game Dissecting by Teut Weidemann. Amazingly detailed insider knowledge and analysis of what makes the best games tick.

Evil Game Design Challenge. On its fifth installment the EGDC is one of the most popular sessions at Casual Connect with a tongue-in-cheek exploration on the application of the new age of monetization.

Inspiration and best practices. Every year, Casual Connect invites a selection of rocking established studios such as Rovio, Nordeus, Plarium, BigPoint, Gamevil, Innogames, Goodgame Studio, Wooga and Resolution Games.

Developer success stories from luminaries such as Matt Hall and Andy Sum of Crossy Road, Yiwei P’ng of Kurechii, and Jakob Lykkegaard of PlayLab to indies staying indie.