games ireland logoWith new speakers being added all the time there is now an extensive list of speakers for the Sept. 10th event in the Mansion House, Dublin which this year has a focus on product innovation.

Games Ireland, Riot, Digit, Enterprise Ireland and the IDA are co-organising the event.

Tickets (€49) and an up to date list of speakers are available at




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Keynote: Doc Norton, Former Global Director of Engineering Culture at Groupon, Founder & CEO at CTO2

Coach, mentor, advocate, facilitator. 25+ years in creation of software. Adept at working with teams to improve their processes from inception to delivery, with a special focus on engineering practices and team dynamics.



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Keynote: Travis George, Director of Product, EU at Riot Games

Over 7+ years at Riot Games, George has played a key role in the product development of League of Legends.

He is focused on identifying key opportunities for deep and meaningful experiences that are tailored to the unique needs of players in the EU region.





Keynote: Emmi Kuusikko, Director of Business and Product Management at Microsoft Studios

Emmi has over 10 years of experience in the video games industry, focusing on service based game development and a variety of business models.

Before recently moving to her new position at Microsoft she was Director, Head of Strategy and Business Management at Lionhead Studios.







Andrew Bowell, Head of Product at Unity Technologies

Unity’s new VP of Product Management will be joining us as part of our Cultures of Innovation panel. Bowell had previously blazed a trail for over 15 years at Havok in the areas of engineering and sales and became their worldwide Head of Product in 2010.


Chris Less, CEO at En Masse Entertainment

Gamer and games industry veteran Chris Lee has successfully managed and delivered creative marketing programs for blockbuster franchises like Halo, Need for Speed, Age of Empires, and Aion at companies including Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and NCsoft.


Marc Chambers, Service Providers Manager at YouTube Live

Marc works with third-party service providers, developers and device manufacturers to provide best-in-class solutions for creators on YouTube Live.


Toby Moore, Founder & CTO at Space Ape Games

Toby has spent the last 12 years in lead technical roles, designing and building products from start-up to successful global businesses across a number of sectors, most recently in gaming and entertainment as Founder and CTO at Space Ape Games.


Thomas Paincon, Marketing Director Digital Publishing at Ubisoft

Managed marketing and communication for console and mobile titles like Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed and Settlers Online. Thomas has also setup marketing strategy for PC and Console titles like Scarface, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and Blizzard titles World of Warcraft, Diablo 2 & Warcraft 3.


Jason Robar, Director of Product at Goodgame Studios

Goodgame Studios’ new Director of Product is a games industry veteran having worked for Vivendi, AisA Group and Sierra Online and consulted for some of the top games companies in the world.


James Adams, Director of Technology at Amazon

Twenty years of experience leading, developing and operating high-risk, mission critical projects and services across diverse private, government and military organizations. Repeatedly builds high performing organizations who have successfully delivered projects ranging from NASA spacecraft to video games.


Khaleeq Aziz, Co Founder & Managing Director at Symanto Research

Symanto Research bring psychometric research to social media for market research. Designed to uncover intrinsic motives through unique psychological profiling their unique technology uses an innovative method based on semantic analyses.


Paddy Benson, CTO EMEA at Groupon

Groupon’s new CTO in the EMEA region has 25 years experience building high quality software, systems and teams for big players like IONA Technologies, Newbay Software and Synchronoss Technologies while also taking an important mentoring role with Irish startup Soundwave.


Eric Bowman, VP of Engineering at Zalando

Through a combination of team empowerment and cutting edge architecture — what Zalando call Radical Agility — Bowman is helping Zalando transform how people everywhere connect with fashion.


Jeff Dixon, R&D, Senior Software Engineer at Riot Games

While he is now working on R&D for League of Legends at Riot Games’ Dublin offices, Dixon was previously Co-Founder and Lead Programmer at Magic Pixel Games and a Senior Software Engineer at EA.


Sean Fee, Co-Founder and CEO at

Sean co-founded, a social discovery platform for connecting the gaming community. He has also held top commercial roles at companies like TV3, and Mist Media.


Theo Goyvaerts, CEO at G-Series

Goyvaerts’ interest in eSport and Gaming has led him to champion the eSport industry in Ireland, creating more opportunities for Irish gamers to compete in eSport competitions and events. He is moving aggressively to secure Pro Gaming Leagues in Ireland within the next 5 years.


Bruce Grove, Co-Founder and CEO at Polystream

More than 15 years engineering management and team leadership in fast paced, cross geographic environments. Specialist in cloud gaming and virtual desktop platforms, unique insight to all aspects from engineering architecture to business models and future directions.


Christian-Peter Heimbach, Senior Manager Digital Publishing International at Warner Bros. Entertainment

Heimbach is the key point of communication between Warner Bros. Entertainment’s US digital marketing and local teams in the EMEA and APAC regions. He ensures consistency in metrics and stategy for the digital games markets – from hardcore to online and free-to-play


Lars Hoogweg, CTO at Lebara Digital Factory

Current CTO at Lebara Digital Factory in the Netherlands, Lars was previously CTO at Nimbuzz BV and the owner of Zendu.


Kaypea, Live Streamer as KayPea

KayPea has built a massive following in the gaming community live streaming her activity on League of Legends. She joins an already stellar Streaming panel to offer her comments on the role live streaming has to play in developing a rewarding community experience.


Ian Massingham, Technical Evangelist at Amazon Web Services

Joined Amazon Web Services in December 2013 as a Technical Evangelist covering the UK & Ireland. Prior to joining AWS Massingham spent just over 3 years at EMC building out the technology components of EMC’s Service Provider Alliances Program across the EMEA region.


Marcella “Nysira” De Bie, Live Streamer and Content Creator as NYSIRA

NYSIRA is a gamer, vlogger and live streamer based in Amsterdam who has grown a massive following on Twitch and YouTube. She will be joining our Streamer panel discussing community driven content creation.


Sebastian Pacetti, CCO at Warhorse Studios

Senior executive with 12+ years of experience in the media/entertainment industry, specialist in gaming, market penetration, digital distribution, customer retention and engagement.


Matthew Seaborn, Director of Software Engineering at Perform Group

A highly experienced and skilled developer, architect, leader and technologist, Seaborn has spent the last 15 years designing and developing innovative IT systems for companies like Categoric Software, Smart Media, and most recently, Perform Group.


Mark Turpin, CEO at The Yogscast

Mark Turpin joined The Yogscast, a network of talented and entertaining YouTube creators, at the beginning of 2012 and is now the CEO. Turpin ensures that The Yogscast continues to bring the best in gaming entertainment to the world whilst simultaneously running his own channel.


Melikshah Uenver, Founder at StartupCVs & MCUBATE

MCUBATE is a company-builder which focuses on building HR/Recruitment companies. Through MCUBATE Uenver has built ‘Shah Recruiting – Digital Leaders’ and StartupCVs – two recruitment companies which assist companies in the digital field with their recruitment efforts.