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Check out the full GI Live: Online schedule

Here's the full line-up of talks, roundtables and special guests set for next week's event

GI Live: Online is a week away, and here is the final schedule of speakers, roundtable sessions and special guests.

60 publishers are set to meet with hundreds of indie developers at the show, via our 1-to-1 meeting system and in a special industry Discord.

Tickets cost $50 for developers and publishers (+ VAT), and can be bought here. The event runs Wednesday, April 14th - Friday, April 16th.

Speakers include Unity and Nifty Games' Peter Moore, Minecraft boss Helen Chiang, IO Interactive head Hakan Abrak and Velan Studios boss Guha Bala. Plus, we will have sessions with trailer experts gnet, the developer and publisher of Human: Fall Flat will discuss their relationship, Sumo CEO Carl Cavers will talk about that studio's journey, and Iam8bit will detail how anyone can take part in the physical games market.

Elsewhere, industry legends Brenda and John Romero, Debbie Bestwick, Dr Jo Twist and Warren Spector will be speaking with developers in the Discord, and we will host roundtables with a number of companies, including Valve and Xbox.

Finally, on Thursday, April 15th we will host the Indie Publishing Awards, complete with a few surprise appearances.

Here is the full event line-up. The meeting system will run from 9am (UK time) on Wednesday until 9pm (UK time) on Friday.

Wednesday, April 14th:

10am (UK), 2am (ET), 5am (PT)
TALK: Minecraft Keynote (Title TBC) (Helen Chiang, Microsoft)
Session Description TBC

11am (UK), 3am (ET), 6am (PT)
TALK: LEGO Ventures -- Adventures In Digital Play (Rob Lowe, LEGO)
LEGO discusses its goal to support and invest in companies interested in 'digital play'. Rob will also be answering questions during the session in the Discord.

12pm (UK), 4am (ET), 7am (PT)
TALK: Inside our most successful game: Hyper-casual experts CrazyLabs discuss Sculpt People
A session about the business landscape of hyper-casual game development and an in-depth look at the agility needed in order to top the charts.

1pm (UK), 5am (ET), 8am (PT)
TALK: Sumo Digital -- heavyweights of British game development (Carl Cavers, Sumo)
An Interview with Sumo CEO Carl Cavers. From Infogrames to Sumo Digital to an MBO and IPO and launching their own publishing label.

1pm (UK), 5am (ET), 8am (PT)
ROUNDTABLE: VC session with Hiro Capital
VC investor Hiro Capital host a Discord video roundtable about VC games funding, with Ian Livingstone CBE and Spike Laurie

2pm (UK), 6am (ET), 9am (PT)
ROUNDTABLE: Microsoft Xbox session
A video roundtable with Guy Richards and Ben Robinson from Microsoft discussing developing and publishing on Xbox

3pm (UK), 7am (ET), 10am (PT)
TALK: Funding the Next Generation of VR Games (Nadine Oehmcke)
nDreams has announced a $2m pot to co-fund and publish externally developed VR titles. Nadine Oehmcke discusses the VR business landscape and will join us in the Discord

3pm (UK), 8am (ET), 11am (PT)
ROUNDTABLE: Kowloon Nights Session
Major project investor Kowloon Nights host a video roundtable about their funding of games projects, with funding available between $500,000 and $5m.

4pm (UK), 9am (ET), 12pm (PT)
TALK: Finding new audiences for your mobile games (Miika Luotio, Xsolla)
An analysis of different platform audiences such as web, PC & console, and how they correlate with mobile game audiences to help you decide if you should take your mobile game to different platforms.

4pm (UK), 9am (ET), 12pm (PT)
ROUNDTABLE: Limited Run Games
The physical games experts will discuss releasing your titles in boxed form

4:30pm (UK), 9:30am (ET), 12:30pm (PT)
SPECIAL GUEST: Brenda Romero, Romero Games
Industry legend Brenda Romero joins the text chat to answer your questions

5pm (UK), 10am (ET), 1pm (PT)
ROUNDTABLE: Valve/Steam Session
A Discord video roundtable session with Alden Kroll and Molly Carroll from Valve about the Steam platform, your chance to get your questions answered.

6pm (UK), 11am (ET), 2pm (PT)
TALK: Let's get physical - Why you should consider boxed products (Amanda White and Jon Gibson, iam8bit)
An interview with the heads of physical games/merchandise specialists iam8bit

7pm (UK), 12pm (ET), 3pm (PT)
SPECIAL GUEST: Warren Spector
The Deus Ex, Thief and Epic Mickey designer joins us in the Discord to answer your questions

Thursday, April 15th:

12pm (UK), 4am (ET), 7am (PT)
SPECIAL GUEST: Team17 CEO Debbie Bestwick MBE
A Discord text chat with the head of one of the world's most famous indie publishers

1pm (UK), 5am (ET), 8am (PT)
ROUNDTABLE: Creative England Session
A Discord video roundtable session with Creative England, providing funding, mentoring and start-up help for games companies in England

2pm (UK), 6am (ET), 9am (PT)
The head of UK trade body UKIE will join the chat to answer questions around Brexit, COVID, loot boxes and more

3pm (UK), 7am (ET), 10am (PT)
ROUNDTABLE: London Venture Partners VC Session
A Discord video roundtable session with one of the major global venture capitalist firms specialising in games

3pm (UK), 8am (ET), 11am (PT)
TALK: Human: Fall Flat's 25 million sales: How it happened (Tomas Sakalauskas, No Brake Games and Gary Rowe, Curve)
The publisher and developer of Human: Fall Flat discuss their relationship and journey so far

4pm (UK), 9am (ET), 12pm (PT)
TALK: Vicarious to Velan: from indie to AAA and back again (Guha Bala, Velan Studios)
The founder of Velan Studios talks about his experience working with big brands, and the lessons learnt moving from Activision to indie

4pm (UK), 9am (ET), 12pm (PT)
ROUNDTABLE: Kickstarter Crowd-funding session
Anya Combs from Kickstarter hosts a video roundtable with game developers

5pm (UK), 10am (ET), 1pm (PT)
ROUNDTABLE: Transcend Fund and venture financing the next great games business
Discord video roundtable session with ex-GREE's Graham Gockley on what games companies should be doing to attract equity investment

5pm (UK), 10am (ET), 1pm (PT)
SPECIAL GUEST: John Romero, Romero Games
Doom and Quake legend John Romero will answer your questions in the Discord chat

6pm (UK), 11am (ET), 2pm (PT)
TALK: Lightspeed Venture Funding and advice for games studios (Amy Wu, Lightspeed Venture Partners)
Amy Wu, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, discusses the VC firm's investments and how companies can get funding. Amy will also drop into the Discord to chat to developers

7pm (UK), 12pm (ET), 3pm (PT)
TALK: An Interview With Peter Moore (Peter Moore, Nifty Games)
Ex-Sega, Xbox, EA and Liverpool legend is back, and chats about his new roles, the future of sports games and what's next for the industry

8pm (UK), 1pm (ET), 4pm (PT)
The Indie Publishing Awards
Special guests galore as we reveal the winners of the first Indie Publishing Awards

Friday, April 16th:

10am (UK), 2am (ET), 5am (PT)
TALK: Self-publishing Hitman: How IO took control of its destiny (Hakan Abrak, IO Interactive)
IO Interactive CEO on self-publishing, plus a few surprise announcements

11am (UK), 3am (ET), 6am (PT)
TALK: Shared Values: What it means to have a strategic investment partner on board (Sergey Evdokimov, My.Games)
Sergey Evdokimov, Producer at MY.GAMES Venture Capital about how games companies can enjoy better relationships with investors.

2pm (UK), 6am (ET), 9am (PT)
PANEL: Collaborating for mutual success - why indie studios can and should work together (Vincent Scheurer, Sarah Burns, Andrew Smith, Chris Dawson)
Developers from Payload Studios and more host a panel about collaborative working

5pm (UK), 10am (ET), 1pm (PT)
TALK: Making Great Game Trailers (Niko DeMordaunt, Andy Mitchell, gnet)
Trailer experts from gnet discuss how to make your game trailers work

7pm - Late
Games Industry Gathering @ GI Live
A networking gathering of industry specialists powered by the GIG

Sponsors for GI Live: Online and the Indie Publishing Awards are Xsolla, Keywords's gnet, LEGO Ventures, Creative England's Advance initiative, Renaissance PR, Curve Digital, CrazyLabs, My.Games, NDreams and Limited Run.

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