Thank you for joining PG Connects Digital, the completely-online conference from the makers of Pocket Gamer Connects. We realise this is an unfamiliar way of doing things for many people, but 2020 is proving to be a whole new world. Don’t worry, we’re all in this together and we’ll look after you! We’ve run three online conferences now and we’ve learned a lot of lessons about how to make them smooth and productive. If you’re used to seeing webinars and streams online, you’ll get the idea pretty quickly about how the video talks and panels will work.

NOTE: The Meet To Match meeting platform will go live approximately two weeks before the Digital event, and you will be automatically added to it and notified by email at that point, as long as you have registered for a ticket.

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So how does this work?

Everything you expect from a conference, except the bumping into people on the stairs or at the bar. PGC Digital aims to distil the core elements of a regular PGC conference into online form. There’ll be talks, meetings, fringe events and so on. Obviously we aren’t congregating in one physical venue, but using a series of online tools to arrange meetings and watch videos.

Does it all take place here on this website?

No. As well as this official website, there are other platforms you’ll need to get your head around. It all fits together seamlessly, don’t worry, but please be prepared to see links to these resources:

Eventbrite: our ticketing platform
MeetToMatch: our new meeting system, and you’ll receive a log-in and password link when it goes live (it runs on the web, and will be familiar to you from other trade shows and events; here’s a dedicated FAQ)
Zoom: the video broadcast system we’re using for our webinars and our meetings (download that, sharpish) and our editorial sites where you’ll find the latest b2b news and features from the games industry

When do I need to be online?

The event runs from just before 9am on Monday, November 9th, until just before 7pm on Friday, November 13th, and you can arrange meetings to take place any time during that period, to suit your local timezone.

Talks will be broadcast via Zoom webinars and take place between 9am and 1:30pm and between 3pm and 8pm. All times listed on the site here are GMT (which will be the local UK time that week).

The schedule will soon be published. During the event, we will also email you to remind you of upcoming Zoom sessions, and to share the links with you, which of course is only available to registered attendees. These links will also be visible on the Program part of the MeetToMatch platform, which is where you’ll also plan your meetings. Simply click on the Zoom link you see and you’ll become an audience member in the track.

Hang on. What is a webinar?

A webinar is an online seminar, a presentation broadcast live from anywhere in the world to your computer screen, via a video service.

PGC Digital has two main sorts of video presentations: talks (presented by one individual, often with a slide deck you can follow) which last 20 minutes, and panels (a number of individuals discussing a hot topic) which last 40 minutes. They will all be shown to you over Zoom. There’s more information available on our guide here and also below.

How do I watch the talks and panels?

Talks will be broadcast via Zoom webinars and take place between about 9am and 1:30pm (BST) and between 3pm and 8pm (BST), Monday November 9th-13th. We will email you to remind you of upcoming Zoom sessions, and to share the link with you. You will also be able to find links in the MeetToMatch platform when that is live. See the note above about scheduling.

Talks will happen in a similar way to how they do in a regular PG Connects event. We’ll organise talks into specific themed tracks with a time for each track. Typically individual talks will have a 20-minute length and panels 40 minutes.

The difference, of course, is that rather than being in a track room in London, Helsinki, or Seattle, you’ll be watching from your home, using the popular Zoom video conference chat tool. It even enables you to interact with the speakers

All the talks will be recorded with a video link posted to a private space for delegates within 48 hours. We’ll share the link with you so you can catch up later.

There’s a dedicated FAQ here about watching the scheduled sessions.

Please note: if the Zoom links are not opening for you, it’s because you’ve not logged into your Zoom account first. There are more hints here.

How am I supposed to have meetings?

Meetings will take place over video, so get your webcam ready. You’ll find people to meet, and schedule times to connect, using our matchmaking platform: MeetToMatch. You will probably have used this platform before at another event, for instance in San Francisco alongside GDC.

The platform is open now. You will receive an email explaining how to get access when you have registered. When you log into MeetToMatch then, you will be able to establish a default video meeting service: the default is 8×8 but Zoom and Skype are also easy to set up. We have a full guide and FAQ here which should answer all your questions.

There is also a Discord server for informal chat. You’ll be emailed a link to this once registered (there will also be a link within the MeetToMatch platform).

What about the fringe events?

No event would be complete without the traditional side events. We will be running a bunch of activities during the week including Big Indie Pitch (mobile and PC/console separately), Publisher SpeedMatch and Investor Connector. There are also Careers Week activities.

These have their own sign-up processes and you need to apply and be eligible – see the links in the Side Activities menu above. If you’re involved in a fringe event you need to apply using the relevant form, and then wait to be contacted by the event manager with specific details for getting involved. If you’re unsure if you’ve registered contact [email protected] with the title ‘Fringe event question’.

Who's behind all this?

This join-from-anywhere event is brought to you by Steel Media Ltd, the makers of Pocket Gamer Connects, the leading mobile games industry b2b conferences.

We have many years’ experience of running events where people learn new skills, hear from the leading industry experts, and meet other professionals to do business. We’ve got all that for you here too, using the latest web and video tools.

Sounds great. How do I get access?

Tickets are available to buy now, from our registration page or Eventbrite page (they’re identical, don’t worry). You can also register for Novemeber’s G-STAR conference at the same time, saving 20% off the total of both.

If you are one of the following special cases, we may have additional discounts and benefits for you: press, media partners, small indie studios, students, jobseekers. Please contact [email protected] to discuss.

I have more questions!

You can find out more about the video talks and panels here.

You can find out more about the PG Connects Network, your new meeting system, here.

Or you can contact the team directly here: [email protected]

If you are experiencing any issues, please contact us at [email protected]