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

Toronto  is Canada’s hub for interactive digital media and game development where content creation, production, post-production, and the animation industry collide. Toronto is a hotbed of immersive content creation and innovation, fueled by cutting-edge R&D. The Toronto Region is also fast becoming recognized as a world leader in AI, machine learning and XR innovations.

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 over 20 hours of content from 80+ speakers across 15 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.


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:

Zoe Chisholm

Mary Sorrenti
Game Pill, Inc.

Chethan Ramachandran


Brand Solutions by Enthusiast Gaming

Explore the fascinating world where brands intersect with the thriving games industry and uncover a wealth of success stories, valuable lessons, and exciting opportunities.

Delve into the analysis of how brands have leveraged the power of gaming to captivate audiences, forge meaningful connections, and drive business growth.

Discover the strategies that have propelled brands to new heights within this dynamic and rapidly expanding realm. Don’t miss out on the insights that will shape your brand’s future in the games landscape.

Includes sessions from:

Matt Mamalyga
Xbox Canada

Josey Matos
Paramount Canada

Adam Burchill
TikTok, Head of Sports and Gaming North America


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:

Sam Parker

Ori Ohayon
On Chain Listings


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:

Farzam Molkara

Pejman Mirza-Babaei
Bluemoon UX Research and Development

Ryan Wiancko
Iron Belly


Game Dev Stories

Get inspired by the firsthand experiences of games developers as they share their latest projects, groundbreaking 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:

Michael Stolls
Gameloft Toronto

Antonio Miceli
Mega Power Games Inc

Kay Gruenwoldt


Company Culture

Establish clear goals and ignite inspiration within your team by understanding the fundamental principles that drive the forward-thinking games industry. Discover the importance of innovation, adaptability, player-centricity, collaboration, and continuous learning. Embrace a future-oriented mindset, foster creativity, and prioritise user satisfaction.

By adhering to these core principles, you can navigate the dynamic landscape of the games industry and position your team for success in an ever-evolving and competitive market.

Includes sessions from:

Matthew White
Whitethorn Games

Maxim Garber

Kelly Hinton


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:

John Nguyen

Jayson Hilchie
Entertainment Software Association of Canada


Incredible Indies

Discover essential strategies and insights on not just surviving but thriving as a smaller studio in the fiercely competitive games development landscape of today.

Learn how to leverage your strengths, cultivate a unique identity, and differentiate yourself in the market.

Explore effective techniques, smart resource management, and innovative approaches to game design. Arm yourself with the knowledge and tools to carve out a successful path for your studio in the dynamic games industry.

Includes sessions from:

Flo Burchill
Snap Finger Click

Ashley Cooper

Adam Clare
Wero Creative



Unleash the full potential of cutting-edge advertising formats, in-app purchases (IAPs), and other groundbreaking monetization developments in this specialised track.

Stay ahead of the curve by exploring the latest advancements in targeted advertising, optimising IAP strategies, and leveraging innovative monetization models.

Discover the keys to effectively monetize your games and maximise revenue streams, ensuring long-term success and profitability in an ever-evolving industry landscape.

Includes sessions from:

Allison Franci
Hyper Hippo

Patrick Moran
Stealth Startup

Jobie Tan


Tech Trends

Delve into the future of game development as we explore the transformative technologies that are reshaping the industry.

Discover emerging trends such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), cloud gaming, machine learning, and more. Gain insights into how these advancements will redefine gameplay experiences, storytelling, graphics, and player interaction.

Stay ahead of the curve by exploring the cutting-edge technologies that will shape the future of game development and propel your projects to new heights.

Includes sessions from:

Devo Harris

Robert Segal
Get Set Games


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:

Corinne Crichlow
Dragon Pine Games

Kendryx Linscott
Women in Games International

Mark Chandler
International Games Summit on Mental Health


The Art of Publishing

Unlock the secrets to successful game publishing as we delve into the vital role it plays in the gaming industry. Explore effective strategies and invaluable insights on how to collaborate with publishers to bring your game to market.

Discover the intricacies of building fruitful partnerships, navigating contractual agreements, marketing tactics, and maximising exposure.

Gain the knowledge and tools to leverage the expertise of publishers and ensure your game reaches its full potential in the market.

Includes sessions from:

Kay Gruenwoldt

Patrick Moran
Stealth Startup

Chris Ostojic
2K Games


The Growth Track

Gain indispensable insights into user acquisition, retention strategies, and the art of growing your game. Explore proven techniques for attracting and retaining users, from effective marketing campaigns to optimising player engagement.

Discover the secrets of creating compelling experiences that keep players coming back for more, leveraging data-driven analytics, personalised experiences, and community building. Unleash the power of user growth and unlock the path to success in the competitive landscape of game development.


Includes sessions from:

Jeferson Valadares
Fortis Games

Stephanie Greenall
Tilt Five

Matt Sharpe


Web3 Wonders

Discover what lies ahead for the blockchain gaming scene and delve into the transformative techniques and strategies shaping this freshly-invigorated market.

Ownership, decentralisation, NFTs and more: elevate your gaming strategy with talks and panels covering web3 technology, and hear from experts who are shaping the way games are played and monetised.

Includes sessions from:

Joshua Doner
Hulk Labs


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:

Alex Kolmakov
DLA Piper, London UK

Serge Landry