Casual Connect comes to Seattle

Casual games, according to the Casual Games Association, a trade group for casual game developers and distributors, are “video games that are fun and easy to learn and play….platform agnostic…nonviolent, arcade-style games that involve puzzles, words, board and card games, game show and trivia.” Some well-known games include puzzle games like Mahjong, Tetris, Bejeweled, Luxor, Zen Gems, “time management” games like Cake Mania or Diner Dash or “hidden object” games like Mystery Case Files, all of which are fun and insanely addicting.

Casual Connect is the industry’s educational component, offering a variety of newsletters related to casual gaming as well as hosting a yearly conference series in Kiyv (Kiev), Europe and here in Seattle. The next Seattle conference takes place this month, July 21 – 23. Industry professionals will come from all over the world to Benaroya Hall to network and learn from each other, as well as introduce new games, new technology and new opportunities.

Seattle makes a great meeting point for the casual games industry since we have so many local game producers, companies like Big Fish, PopCap, Real Games and more, not to mention all the companies that make the software and hardware that make it possible to create games in the first place.

Condrences at Casual Connect Seattle this year include “Working in audio for the games industry: Freelance vs In-House/Staff”, “Designing, Balancing, and Managing Virtual Economies”, and “What Women Really Want”.

If you’re a game designer or developer, it’s really worth your while to check out this conference, see the Casual Connect site for details on attending.

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