NE Games Circle Events


On December 9th from 6pm to 9pm we’ll be holding our next event at the Microsoft NERD Center (One Memorial Drive, Cambridge).

For many years games based on licensed brands had a bad reputation due to low development budgets, rushed timing, etc.. Very few games based on brands became a success. That’s now all changed with mobile games and social apps. Today the industry is experiencing huge hits based on licensed brands such as The Simpsons, The Hobbit, and Games of Thrones. Most recently the Kim Kardashian:Hollywood mobile game raked in $50 million in its first month!

Join us on Dec 9th with industry veterans to discuss the landscape for games and apps based on licensed brands. Topics will include:

  • Picking the right license.
  • Evaluating a winning partnership.
  • Negotiating the best terms.
  • Leverage awareness and marketing from the license.
  • Timing the market opportunity.

Register HERE!

Time after time we hear the same old story from indie developers. “My game rocks but I cant find funding”. Join us on May 1, 2014 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, as three indie game developers take the stage to pitch funding for their game company. A panel of mentors will critique each funding pitch and advise indie game developers and the audience on how to create a killer funding presentation. Our mentors will include gaming entrepreneurs who successfully raised funding, as well as angels and VCs who get bombarded weekly with game company funding requests.

6:00-6:45  – Networking & Check-in.

6:45-8:15  – Panel Event

8:15-9:00  – Networking

Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

Registration is required! Please register here!

Some developers see the K-12 U.S. market as a compelling revenue opportunity – with over 77 million students in school who could be game-prone to game-obsessed. But for most – it’s uncharted territory filled with many, many questions:

·      Is anyone making money and what’s their secret?

·      Who crashed and burned – and why?

·      What market evidence will investors need to actually start funding the educational gaming space?

Enter Cash Cows and Corpses: The Deadly Fun Business of Educational Gaming, the topic of February’s MIT Games Circle event. It’s part reality-check and industry check-up – and part brainstorming summit on how to position New England (with Cambridge/Boston as innovation hubs) as a leader in what promises to be a rewarding sector when it fully matures.

We don’t expect to fully update the gaming and learning success blueprint in one night, but if we work together, we’ll have better framework of the challenges, opportunities, and strategies for growth – along with tips, insights and recommendations on next steps we can all pursue in 2014 to make this the best year yet in educational gaming.

Speaker list coming soon!

6:00-6:45  – Networking & Check-in.

6:45-8:15  – Panel Event

8:15-9:00  – Networking

Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

Event Sponsored and hosted by:

New members can buy the full-price ticket below or become a member and receive discounts on this event and all future MITEF events.

Registration is required! Please register here!

Have a great game? Need funding? Need practice pitching to investors? Come to our Dec 10th Games Circle event to hear from a panel of game developers who have successfully funded their companies/games and who will discuss the various routes they’ve explored and leveraged including:

  • Bootsrapping until revenue occurs
  • Friends & Family financing
  • Crowdfunding campaign
  • Work for Hire model
  • Angel/VC financing

Moderator: Robert Ferrari, CEO, Bare Tree Media
Panelists:
Ryan Dancey , CEO,  Goblinworks
Mike Levine, President, Happy Giant Studios
Seth Sivak , CEO/ Co-founder, Proletariat
Gary Toste, CEO, Brisk Mobile

Following the panel, you can finish the night off by giving your own 2 minute pitch on stage, after which our panel provide their feedback.

The event will take place on Tuesday, Dec 10th at StartTank in the PayPal Boston office (One International Place, Boston MA) at the corner of Purchase Street and Oliver Street. The venue provides easy access from South Station and local T Stops. Plenty of low cost parking (after 5pm) can be found at nearby parking garages and lots.

6:00-7:00  – Networking & Check-in.

7:00-8:30  – Funding Panel & Game Pitch

8:30-9:30  – Networking

Light appetizers and beverages will be served. Registration for the event closes Thursday Dec 5th. No walk-ins allowed, register today!

Event sponsored by Microsoft New England Research & Development Center; Adobe; Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton; FableVision and Becker.

To register, first login to your account on our website — MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Members  will receive a $30 discount to attend the event for free; Non-Members pay $30. Pre-registration is required – there will be no at the door registration.

Registration is required! Please register here!

Does your company develop apps or online games? Then you should attend this event to learn about new regulations protecting children less than 13 years of age.

On July 1 2013, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) implemented changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that affect ALL mobile app and online game companies whose products are directed to children under 13 or that knowingly collect personal information from children under 13.

Developers must post accurate privacy policies, provide notice, verify user’s age, and obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting, using or disclosing any “personal information” about children.

Join us Sep 19th 2013 to hear FTC members, Washington DC organizations, COPPA specialists, and software developers discuss the do’s and don’ts of COPPA compliance. Learn how to review your apps, implement lawful policies and follow best compliance practices.

App platforms like Apple’s App Store and Google Play are exempted from the law and do not have to verify that apps comply with the law. Instead, it’s up to individual developers to verify compliance. Violators could incur fines in the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Protect your company by learning the facts from the experts. Come with your concerns, questions, and suggestions!

Come early or stay late to enjoy light appetizers / drinks and to network with your peers. The event will be held on Thursday, September 19th from 6pm – 9pm at the Microsoft NERD Center (One Memorial Drive, Cambridge).

Event sponsored by Microsoft New England Research & Development Center; Adobe; Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton; FableVision and Becker.

Registration is required! Please register here: http://coppa.eventbrite.com/

When an entrepreneur hears the words ‘Kickstarter’ or ‘IndieGoGo’, they think “wow, this is a great way to raise funds with no angels or VCs, presell my game, and spread the word about my goals and ambitions.” But, could it be a whole lot more, or less?

Come hear from game developers who have raised money on Kickstarter or other crowd funding platforms, as well as representatives from the crowd funding platforms themselves and industry analysts.  Learn about what it takes to have a successful crowd funding program, the benefits, and the downsides of operating in such an open environment. Our panel, which includes Mike Vorhaus of Frank Magid & Associates (moderator), John Vaskis of IndieGoGo, and others will discuss what an entrepreneur needs for a successful kickstarter, who should or should NOT try crowd funding, and what is the real cost in time and money of a crowd funding campaign.

Come early or stay late to enjoy light appetizers / drinks and to network with your peers. The event will be held on Thursday, May 30th from 6pm – 9pm at the Microsoft NERD Center (One Memorial Drive, Cambridge).

Event sponsored by Microsoft New England Research & Development Center; Adobe; Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton; FableVision and Becker.

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Networking & Light Appetizers, Refreshments

7:00pm – 8:15pm: Panel

8:15pm – 9:00pm: Post-Panel Networking

Registration is required! Please register here: http://crowdfundinggames.eventbrite.com