Enhance your games industry knowledge with these top tracks at PGC Jordan 2023

Pocket Gamer Connects, the leading international games industry conference, is returning to Jordan for 2023! An expected 1,500 delegates will gather near the stunning Dead Sea, only 30 minutes from Amman, for two days of the most up to date knowledge-sharing and valuable networking. Delegates from all over the world will hear from 150 top industry experts, sharing their insights and case studies on the latest innovations in the games industry. Our bespoke fringe events will also return including Very Big Indie Pitch, Investor Connector and Publisher SpeedMatch, Plus the MeetToMatch meeting platform – perfect for catching up with existing contacts and making new connections.

We’ll be covering all these topics along with the fundamentals of raising investment, launching and growing successful games and showcasing the tools and services that support them. Indeed, with content from the industry’s top speakers across multiple tracks, there will be something to inspire and inform all comers to the conference.

Our format is deliberately quick-fire to squeeze as much content as we can. Typically a single session will be around 20 minutes long, with 40-50 minutes allotted for the expert panels.


Ad Insights

In-game ads continue to play a pivotal role in studios’ monetization strategies, making them essential for success. Join us and gain valuable insights into the cutting-edge trends and expert advice in this field.

Stay ahead of the game by exploring the latest developments and optimising your approach to maximise revenue and player engagement. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Includes sessions from:

Volkan Taban

Al Safadi
Roya Media Group


AI Advances

Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are poised to revolutionise the games industry. From transforming art creation and scriptwriting to revolutionising programming techniques, these technologies will reshape how we create and communicate.

Embrace the power of AI and explore its endless possibilities to unlock new levels of innovation, efficiency, and expression in the realms of games. Prepare to embark on an exciting journey of limitless potential and redefine the boundaries of human imagination.

Includes sessions from:

Sherif Halawa
Green Meadow Studios

Yousr Amri
Ysr Studio

Davin Miyoshi


Beyond Games

AI, the metaverse, and more. Discover where games technology intersects with other media, and see how games, film, TV, comics, music, books, and pop culture are converging. How do we tell stories that cross from one medium to another? How do cutting-edge technologies like AI and VR shape how we interact with each other and our world?

Hear from the companies at the forefront of this new entertainment frontier.

Includes sessions from:

Deyaa Adam
BioMed Squad

Toma Komitski
Chase A Cloud

Mustafa Dabaibeh


Building on Blockchain

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the impact of blockchain on developers and unlock insights into this transformative technology. Explore the intricacies of blockchain and discover how cryptocurrencies seamlessly integrate with the world of gaming. Acquire a deeper understanding of the potential applications and benefits of blockchain for developers, as well as its implications for the future of the gaming industry.

Stay ahead of the curve by immersing yourself in this revolutionary intersection of technology and gaming.

Includes sessions from:

Arslan Kiran
The Sandbox


Developer Toolkit

Gain valuable expertise from game development professionals as they divulge insights into pivotal tools, software, and methodologies vital for crafting top-tier games.

Unlock optimization techniques, efficient workflows, and adept teamwork advice for ensuring excellence in game creation.

Includes sessions from:

Danar Kayfi
Game Zanga

Mesut Ozdogan


Esports Academy

Get the edge from the leading experts in the competitive gaming scene. This track takes a look at the future of multiplayer gaming in a variety of forms.

Covering anything and everything relating to esports (mobile or otherwise), ranging from expert overviews to trends, best practice, sector challenges, future outlook… all of these are fair game. Discover this super-hot and rapidly growing sector of the games industry.

Includes sessions from:

Frank Sliwka
IB Media Group


Game Dev Stories

Get inspired by the first-hand experiences of games developers as they share their latest projects, ground-breaking innovations, and invaluable lessons learned throughout their journey. Gain exclusive insights into their creative process, discover the innovative solutions they’ve implemented, and uncover the wisdom they’ve gained along the way.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry and fuel your own path to success in game development.

Includes sessions from:

Kamal Aittah
Game Hermits

Charly Harbord
Global Game Jam

Ashraf Abi-Said
Nifty Craft


Global Trends

Embark on a journey that spans across continents, as we present you with an expansive view of the games industry’s latest trends, facts, figures, and insights from around the world. Delve into the dynamic landscapes of both the East and the West, gaining a comprehensive understanding of regional nuances, market dynamics, and emerging opportunities.

Stay informed and inspired by the diverse and ever-evolving global games industry, ensuring you remain at the forefront of this thrilling and vibrant ecosystem.

Includes sessions from:

Jawad Abbassi

Joseph Shomali


Industry Visions & Values

Uncover the skills to building a stronger and more inclusive games industry, as we aspire to create a positive future for all. Explore strategies for fostering diversity, promoting ethical practices, and prioritising player well-being.

Embrace a culture of inclusivity, collaboration, and responsible game development. Together, let’s shape a brighter future where the games industry serves as a force for good, bringing joy, entertainment, and meaningful experiences to players worldwide.

Includes sessions from:

Katya Sabirova
Values Value

Rana Abbadi
Entro to Digital Marketing

Shehab Porscha
Jam3et Games


Marvellous MENA

The Middle East is still the fastest-growing market for games in the world. In this track, we look at the industry in the region, and meet the teams who are building the Arabic-language ecosystem.

We look at the MENA/SWANA region in terms of its place on the global stage, and consider the trends, statistics, contexts and perspectives which are helping to shape the Jordan game scene and beyond.

Includes sessions from:

Kay Gruenwoldt

Eyad Basheer

Abdallah Elshabrawy
FitNot Games


Show Me The Money

Stay updated on the latest trends in the world of investment and gain practical insights on how to secure impactful funding for your business. Explore strategies to attract investors, navigate funding options, and make informed financial decisions.

Join us to unlock the keys to funding success and discover the latest trends as the games industry goes through this turbulent period.

Includes sessions from:

Paul Thorpe
Taylor Wessing

Tarek Fouad
Shorooq Partners


The Growth Track

In addition to mastering gameplay mechanics, understanding user acquisition and retention techniques is crucial for growing your game. Gain essential insights into effective strategies on how to grow your business in adverse and new environments, optimise your game’s user interface, and continuously analyse player feedback.

With these strategies for expanding into new territories and adapting to changing market conditions, you can attract and retain a dedicated player base, ensuring steady growth and success for your game.

Includes sessions from:

Sham AlBdour

Mahmoud Ziater
True Gaming


Virtual Visions

Dive into the immersive world of virtual reality and augmented reality. Back in the limelight again following the Apple Vision Pro announcement, the VR/AR/XR scene has never been more exciting.

In this track, we embark on a transformative journey through the latest advancements and groundbreaking applications, exploring cutting-edge insights that will redefine the possibilities of this rapidly evolving technology landscape.

Includes sessions from:

Vlad Rannik
CM Games


Art & Design

Explore the intricate world of game development, from character art to musical scores, and witness the creative genius behind captivating gaming experiences. Delve into the realms of level design, character artistry, and graphics, while discovering the harmonious fusion of music and gameplay.

Uncover the secrets of a musical workshop where creativity flourishes, shaping the immersive landscapes of successful games. Experience the magic where artistry and innovation unite to craft unforgettable gaming adventures.

Includes sessions from:

Prof. Ismael Al-Hinti

Dave Cross
Crosshatch Games

Martin Jurasek


Game Maker Insights

Immerse yourself in real-world case studies from the forefront of the industry, delving into diverse areas such as game design, audio production, character design, user experience (UX), and narrative development.

Gain valuable insights from these practical examples that showcase successful approaches, innovative techniques, and effective strategies employed by industry professionals. Expand your knowledge and stay inspired by the experiences shared by experts in these key domains of game development and design.

Includes sessions from:

Mohammad AL-Arkobi
Bold Statement

Anwar Miqdad

Laith Jebril
Tales of Arabia