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Helsinki Hub October seminar + gathering with Next Games

  • Ravintola Maxine Kamppi shopping center, Urho Kekkosen katu 1 A, 6th floor Helsinki, 00100 Finland (map)

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17:00 Doors open
17:30 Seminar with Next Games
19:00 Gathering sponsored by Next Games

Next Games

Next Games is the first publicly listed mobile game developer and publisher in Finland, redefining the way franchise entertainment transforms into highly engaging service-based mobile games. We share a profound love for games, a burning desire and an ambitious strategy to develop lasting global mobile entertainment.

In addition to the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, Next Games launched The Walking Dead: Our World on 12 July, which utilizes cutting edge AR technology and is powered by Google Maps. Currently Next Games is working on three new games based on popular entertainment franchises including a mobile game for the popular Blade Runner franchise and an unannounced project with NBCUniversal.


In Search for Location-based Mechanics - The Walking Dead: Our World design retrospective

17.30-18.00, Sulka Haro

Sulka Haro is a veteran game designer and the Lead Designer of The Walking Dead: Our World. His 18-year experience in the games industry includes producing The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, leading design at Habbo Hotel as well as founding MakieLab, a 3D printed toys and games startup.

Earth, My Game Level - How the planet-wide gameplay in The Walking Dead: Our World came to be

18:00-18.30, Matias Ärje

Matias has been developing commercial software since the age of 10, including tens of games and in various roles. He got completely absorbed in the gaming industry 4 years ago. As Director of Technology at Next Games he has been deeply involved with the efforts required to create probably the biggest non-generative game environment in existence.

How We Gather, Use and Lose Data - On data architecture, selected results, and data retention

18:30–19:00, Jörkki Hyvönen & Vesa Palonen

As the Head of Analytics, Jörkki has been responsible of building both the company data platform and the team using it. Before joining the gaming industry, Jörkki has done things ranging from low temperature physics to biological neural network modeling and AI consulting. Most of his past activities have been characterised by big data, startups and endless curiosity towards understanding and modeling human behaviour

Vesa is a bit of a happy generalist. After doing a decade of data-analysis in physics, accelerators and related databases, he joined the Next Games crew and is now a senior game analyst of The Walking Dead: Our World. In an environment full of interesting questions, he likes to select what is important and emphasize that. On top of giving visibility to basic game numbers, this has lead to analytics on quality of service, player motivation and playtime, and social features.

Demo corner

The Demo corner is back in October! Sign up here to demo your game project at the event:

IGDA Finland Helsinki Hub October seminar + gathering with Next Games
Time: Tuesday 16.10.2018 at 17:00
Place: Maxine, Urho Kekkosen katu 1 A, 6th floor, 00100 Helsinki

Please note that you need to be at least 18 years old to attend. The cloakroom service is offered free of charge.