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Epic’s hyperrealistic MetaHumans can soon be animated using an iPhone

Epic will soon let you animate your MetaHumans. The company first launched the MetaHuman creator tools in 2021 as a way of streamlining the process of making more realistic human characters. During its State of Unreal keynote at GDC 2023, the company showed off new animation tools that make it possible to create realistic facial animations using only video captured from an iPhone.

Epic showed this off with a live demonstration featuring the actor behind the upcoming game Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. It was a short clip, with the actor speaking directly into the camera, but it appeared to be rendered both quickly and accurately. Even more impressive, the company then showed off the same animations captured onstage used to bring another MetaHuman character to life. The animator is launching this summer.


GamesForum hosts events in Seattle and Barcelona that attracts more than 600 attendees from mobile, console, and PC businesses, and 80 speakers, across two days in April (Barcelona) and October (Seattle). These forums tackle cross-platform issues in game development, serving as a helpful venue for attendees who wish to bring their titles to multiple platforms.

Alongside other topics such as marketing and e-sports, it also sheds light on the design and development aspects of games that will help developers understand and solve problems that they may face when making the games. Subjects such as VR and AR capabilities are covered on the second conference day.

ICSBI 2023: International Conference on Social Business Intelligence

Date: December 9-10, 2023

Location: New York City, NY

Pricing: $269 for attendees; $485 for presenters

The International Conference on Social Business Intelligence (ICSBI) is a two-day event that attracts scientists and BI professionals from startups, multi-national corporations, and everything in-between. Organized by the World Academy of Science, Engineering, and Technology, this conference discusses the future of social business intelligence and how people share and engage with data on social media platforms.

Topics include:

  • Data algorithms and techniques

  • Text mining

  • Social data integration

  • Emotion detection

  • Multilingual sentiment analysis

  • The semantic web

  • ETL for social business intelligence

  • Social business intelligence metrics 

Register for the event on the WASET event page. More information to follow.

*ICSBI 2023 pricing reflects early registration discounts through November 11, 2023.

How Integrate.io Helps You Prepare for BI Events

Moving data to business intelligence tools is sure to be one of the hottest topics at these in-person and online events. Integrate.io is an Extract, Transform, Load (ETL), no-code data pipeline platform that can extract data from disparate sources, transform it, and load it into a data warehouse for analytics. Thanks to lightning-fast ELT & CDC, you can generate real-time reports about day-to-day functions such as sales, customer service, marketing, and financial management.  

Integrate.io’s /low-code ETL solution makes it an excellent choice for BI professionals who don’t have extensive data engineering resources. You can transfer data to a warehouse with native connectors in minutes, removing the need to build complex big data pipelines from scratch — and, while it helps, you don’t even need coding knowledge.

Other Integrate.io benefits include a simple pricing model that charges you for the number of connectors used — not your data volume. You can operationalize your warehouse and move data to other systems for improved operational analytics. Integrate.io’s drag-and-drop interface makes data integration easy.

Integrate.io revolutionizes business intelligence with over 100 native connectors. Move your data to Redshift, Snowflake, BigQuery, and other warehouses quickly with lightning-fast ETL and change data capture (CDC). If you’re ready to try it for yourself, sign up for your 14-day trial. After you sign up, schedule your ETL Trial Set-Up meeting so we can walk you through what to expect and you can get the most from your trial.

Fortnite’s generous new creator economy has an Epic catch

Image: Epic Games

Epic Games is changing the way Fortnite creators are paid, and it could have a transformative effect on the ecosystem of the game. Now, 40 percent of all the money Epic rakes in from Fortnite — hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions — is up for grabs.

Last week, Epic introduced what it calls “Creator Economy 2.0.” Under the new system, Epic will pay out 40 percent of Fortnite’s net revenues each month to creators based on how much players engage with their islands. That means 40 percent of the money Epic makes from things like V-Bucks, its Fortnite Crew subscription, and in-game outfits (like for crossovers like YouTube superstar MrBeast and Resident Evil characters) — all of that goes into the pool.

9 cool new games from GDC 2023

Naiad.Image: Hiwarp

When thousands of developers descend into one place, you know there are going to be some excellent games to check out. That was definitely the case over the past week. We’ve been attending the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and in addition to watching press conferences and attending talks, we’ve also had plenty of opportunity to go hands-on with some intriguing indie games. And there’s a lot to be excited about — so we gathered our favorites (in no particular order) right here. Most of these are due out later in 2023, so plan your free time accordingly.

Cozy games are all the rage right now, and Fae Farm looks to mix that space up a little with some dungeon crawling. It’s a cute farming game — think Stardew Valley or Harvest Moon — but with magical elements thrown in. So in addition to doing wholesome things like growing crops, catching fish, and going on dates, you’ll also get quests that involve going to dungeons in a fairy world where you hop around looking for magic keys and fighting enemies that include sentient violins.


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Danganronpa’s creator wants to make detective games more approachable

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code.Image: Spike Chunsoft

While detective stories are a mainstay in the worlds of film, television, and literature, they’re comparatively niche when it comes to video games. And with a few notable exceptions, the most beloved detective games tend to be visual novels. Kazutaka Kodaka loves detective stories and is best known for the dark adventure series Danganronpa. But for his studio’s next project, Master Detective Archives: Rain Code, he decided to take things in a slightly different direction. “Mystery games tend to be dull because it’s mostly reading text,” Kodaka says. “But for this we created a world where you can solve various kinds of mysteries and roam around freely.”

Rain Code is described as a “lucid-noir” detective game. It takes place in a sort of cyberpunk city called Kanai Ward, which is rendered as a 3D world where it never seems to stop raining. Players take on the role of an amnesiac sleuth solving mysteries throughout the city as part of a global detective group. Aside from having various locations to explore, there are a few other things that should make Rain Code feel different from other detective games. For one thing, you’ll partner up with other detectives who have special powers that just so happen to be useful for solving crimes: one can rewind time and another can visualize how a crime scene looked at the moment it was discovered.

Gamedaily Connect USA

Gamedaily Connect USA (formerly Casual Connect USA) is another useful event to visit for game developers, and is usually held in August at the Disneyland Hotel in California.

It covers game-related topics such as the implementation of in-game ads and monetization, mobile gaming and casino titles, competition between giant corporations and indie developers, and many more. An exclusive Pitch and Match meeting system facilitates career networking with a great number of game developers. More than 2,000 gaming industry professionals join the event and dive into what makes the games special.

This year, the venue will feature over 200 speakers and over 10 tracks representing the leaders of the next generation of games. The agenda also includes panels featuring experts from top game companies, publishers, and hardware companies, covering a wide variety of games and game-related topics.

Competitive & Market Intelligence 2023

Date: April 20 – June 14, 2023

Location: Butzbach, Germany

Pricing: Starts at $0.00 for ICI Alumni; Regular attendance 390€ ($420USD)

Competitive & Market Intelligence will host an 8-week conference from Butzbach, Germany comprising interactive webinars, workshops, guest lectures, and more. You can watch all of these events online and learn about the latest advances in competitive and market intelligence.

Topics include:

  • Smart tools for effective CI/MI

  • Getting serious with CI/MI

  • Market volume predictions

Learn from guest speakers, including Estelle Prin (Professor of Geopolitics, University of Paris – Dauphine), Kimberly Bauer (Director of Competitive Intelligence, Lacework), and Retired Major General Neeraj Bali (Founder & CEO, LeadScape Advisors) when you register for the event.

Цели проведения КРИ

  • Повышение престижа российской игровой индустрии как отдельной отрасли экономики.
  • Установление новых деловых связей между ведущими отечественными и западными производителями компьютерных игр.
  • Возможность для молодых студий-разработчиков заявить о себе и продемонстрировать свои проекты всем российским издателям.
  • Организация специализированных мероприятий для производителей аппаратного и программного обеспечения для разработки с целью представить продукты для создания компьютерных игр целевой аудитории.
  • Предоставление широких возможностей для всех участников по установлению деловых и образовательных контактов.

QlikWorld 2023

Date: April 17-20, 2023

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Pricing: Must be logged in to view fees.

Qlik’s annual conference heads to the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2023 for another multi-day event. Expect hundreds of data analysts, data scientists, and other BI professionals from places as far away as Florida, Illinois, Texas, Portugal, and the Middle East. 

Qlik has yet to announce specific topics for this BI event, but you can expect conversations about topics such as automation, deep learning, eTail, and more. There will be a welcome session, Qlik certifications, breakout sessions, and discussions about case studies. 

Guest speakers haven’t been announced yet, but this is QlikWorld’s first in-person conference since 2019 and promises to be a spectacular showing of the world’s best and brightest minds in business intelligence. Register now to save your space. 

Minecraft Legends is a blast in multiplayer

Image: Microsoft

Minecraft Legends is a strategy spinoff of Minecraft — but it might also be the next competitive multiplayer craze. I had a chance to spend a few hours with the game last month at GDC in San Francisco, and while it seems like it has a solid campaign to dig into, I had a lot more fun with the team-based multiplayer. It’s kind of like Minecraft mashed with League of Legends and StarCraft, and in the one match I played, it involved a lot of yelling (in a good way).

Legends is built on the same “bedrock” engine as the main Minecraft game, and the two look pretty much identical. You control a blocky little character running through a similarly blocky world. The difference here is what you’re doing. To get acclimated, I first played around two hours of the campaign. Here, you’re basically exploring a big procedurally generated map filled with enemy camps to destroy and cities under siege that need liberating.


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Epic is going to give 40 percent of Fortnite’s net revenues back to creators

Image: Epic Games

Epic Games is trying to make a better economy for Fortnite creators with what its calls “Creator Economy 2.0,” which it announced at its State of Unreal keynote on Wednesday.

Previously, Epic creators participated in the company’s “Support-A-Creator” program. In the program, creators were issued individual codes, and if somebody bought something in the Fortnite store with that code, that creator would get 5 percent of your purchase. But the significant downside of that model is that creators would have to promote their code and just hope that people would remember to use it when making purchases.

Power BI Summit 2023

Date: March 6-10, 2023

Location: Virtual

Pricing: $99.99 Standard Ticket (access to all sessions live during conference and recorded sessions after conference conclusion)

The Power BI Summit returns this March for another 5-day virtual conference with over 100 sessions speakers and multiple session tracks each day across across three time-zones, making it the largest Power BI event in North America. 

Topics include:

  • Visualization

  • Dataflow

  • Data governance such as HIPAA for healthcare professionals

  • Data architecture

  • Data science

  • Power BI report server

Learn from guest speakers such as Jeroen ter Heerdt (Dutch Data Dude and Program Manager at Microsoft), Marco Russo of SQLBI, and many more when you register for the event.  

Life by You is trying to shake up life sims with a greater sense of freedom

Life by You.Image: Paradox Interactive

Rod Humble knows a bit about life sim games. He spent years as an executive at EA helping steer The Sims franchise before leaving to join Second Life maker Linden Lab. So when it came for his new studio, Paradox Tectonic, to try its hand at the genre, he knew exactly what he wanted to change. “What the genre needed was less constraints,” Humble says.

The studio’s first release, Life by You, was officially unveiled last week ahead of the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. It looks similar to The Sims but with a few important differences. For one thing, in place of the iconic (and fictional) Simlish, Life by You utilizes a procedurally generated real-language system for dialogue. It’s also a much more in-depth simulation. According to Humble, every single character in the game’s fictional city is fully simulated. They have jobs, homes, relationships, and the same basic needs as your own player character (i.e., they need to eat, sleep, and pee).

Мероприятия КРИ

  • Лекции российских и зарубежных разработчиков о программировании, игровом и графическом дизайне, управлении проектами и бизнес-моделях
  • Лекции и семинары производителей компьютерного железа и производителей программного обеспечения для разработки
  • Ярмарка проектов, дающая возможность издателям увидеть все новые проекты на одной площадке, а разработчикам — представить свои игры всем российским издателям
  • Выставка достижений игровой индустрии для финансовых институтов, массовой прессы и зарубежных партнеров с выдачей призов лучшим разработчикам и издателям в нескольких номинациях

India Game Developers Conference (IGDC)

IGDC is the premier event for the vibrant Indian gaming ecosystem, usually held in November at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre in Hyderabad, India.

This annual conference covers a wide range of game-related subjects, including mobile and console gaming, game design and development, localization, eSports, virtual and augmented reality, and monetization strategies. This year, it’s set to host over 5,000 attendees enjoying 10+ parallel sessions, featuring visionaries and thought leaders shaping the future of gaming in India and beyond. IGDC is a unique opportunity to connect, learn, and grow within the rapidly expanding Indian gaming market.

AI & Big Data Expo

Date: May 17-18, 2023

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Pricing: TBA

This two-day BI conference discusses the latest business intelligence tools and trends, with over 6,000 people expected to attend the event in Santa Clara. You can also network with software vendors, service providers, and business leaders. 

Topics include:

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Chatbots

  • Virtual Assistants

  • Business Intelligence

  • Development

  • Deep Learning

There will be more than 250 speakers at the event, including Abishek Joshi (Senior Director, Analytics at Visa) and Andrew Thomson (Technology Leader at Johnson & Johnson). 

If this is the BI event you’ve been waiting for, pre-register your interest.

Краткий обзор КРИ

КРИ была разбита на две части — собственно конференцию и выставку. На конференц-части ведущие специалисты по играм из России, ближнего и дальнего зарубежья делились с коллегами бесценным опытом в режиме докладов, семинаров, мастер-классов и так далее. Экспо-часть позволяла хорошо известным и ещё только начинающим компаниям демонстрировать коллегам и прессе свои игры — обычно те, которые ещё только находятся в разработке.

Среди представленных на КРИ проектов жюри выбирало лучшие и награждало их создателей премиями KRI Awards (на тот момент – единственная в России профессиональная премия в области компьютерных и видеоигр). Награды присуждались в таких номинациях, как «Лучшая игра», «Лучшая компания-разработчик» и другие.

Fortnite and Roblox are dueling for the future of user-built games

Image: Epic Games

We’re racing toward a world where Fortnite and Roblox could rival Steam and the App Store in terms of the size of their game libraries. Both have growing ecosystems of millions of players who build and spend time in custom battle royales, chat rooms, and all kinds of other games. We’re looking at the fight for what could be the next YouTube. 

While the two giants may be the biggest in the space, they are far from the only companies building out a catalog of tools that make the jump from game playing to game making far simpler than traditional game engines Unity or Unreal. All sorts of platforms, including the browser-based dot big bang and the top-down-focused CliCli, are looking for a piece of a market that already holds the attention of hundreds of millions of players. 

MicroStrategy World 2023

Date: May 1-4, 2023

Location: Orlando, Florida

Pricing: Early Bird World 2023 Full Pass (early registration ends January 31, 2023): $995; World 2023 Full Pass: $1495 per person. Groups registering 10 or more attendees: $747.50 per person.

MicroStrategy World’s annual conference is headed to Orlando, Florida for 2023, and will feature the 80+ product and customer sections delivered by the world’s best speakers and analytics leaders. Event organizers offer a top 10 list of reasons why you should attend this year — modernizing your enterprise analytics is just the start.

This year includes a women’s networking event, as well as tracks covering topics such as:

  • Bitcoin and blockchain for corporations

MicroStrategy World’s 2023 global conference will also host fast-track courses for two certifications this year:

  • Departmental Analyst Course & Certification

  • Project Architect Course & Certification

There will also be digital workshops, multitrack sessions, and the chance to meet other BI professionals. 

Register for World 2023 online at MicroStrategy’s event page.

How Wordle lives on at The New York Times

Image: Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images

Depending on who you ask, the biggest video game last year wasn’t the award-winning Elden Ring: it was actually Wordle. The word game continued to take the world by storm in 2022, beating out Queen Elizabeth and the election results in search volume. It was purchased by The New York Times in January 2022, and though its user growth has plateaued, it still has more daily active users than other newspaper offerings like the crossword puzzle or sudoku.

“When we bought Wordle, our main mission was don’t break anything. Just let it keep going,” said Zoe Bell, executive producer at The New York Times, in an interview. “Then over time, we shifted into this mindset of anything we do has to provide player value. So we’re not going to be trying to squeeze players.”

Tim Sweeney explains how the metaverse might actually work

Tim Sweeney.Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

At its State of Unreal event at GDC, Epic announced… a lot of different things. There were animation tools for virtual humans, a sprawling digital asset marketplace, a new Fortnite creator economy, an Unreal Engine-powered creation tool for Fortnite, and more. But to wrap up the keynote, Epic’s outspoken CEO, Tim Sweeney, took some time to talk about one of his favorite topics, the metaverse, which is something the company is putting a lot of money into.

Right after the event, I had the chance to sit down with Sweeney, as well as Epic’s executive VP Saxs Persson, to talk about just what the heck a metaverse is and how it might work in practice. This involved a lengthy discussion about everything from interoperability standards to how Epic’s most popular products — including Fortnite and the Unreal Engine — fit into this potential future. (There were also a few swipes at Apple, as expected.)

9th Global Entrepreneurship & Business Management Summit

Date: November 29-30, 2023

Location: Toronto, Canada 

Pricing: Student, Business, and Academic pricing available; varies

The 9th Global Entrepreneurship & Business Management Summit is a conference that encompasses guest speakers from various business disciplines. However, there will be several keynote speeches about the obstacles facing marketers who use business intelligence. This event attracts people from across Canada, including Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa, as well as international visitors. 

Some of the topics discussed at the event will include:

  • Machine learning

  • Big data 

  • Cloud computing

Event organizers will release a list of guest speakers at a later date, but in the meantime, you can register for the event.

The shape of Kirby

Image: Nintendo / The Verge

The line for the “Many Dimensions of Kirby” panel at GDC was so long that it stretched from the doors of the conference room, wrapped around the third floor of the main hall of the Moscone Center, and continued out onto the roof. The presentation was given by Kirby’s stepdads, general director for the Kirby franchise Shinya Kumazaki and director of Kirby and the Forgotten Land Tatsuya Kamiyama. It covered the design challenges the team at HAL Laboratory faced trying to make 3D action Kirby games. But more than that, the presentation and my subsequent chat with the two directors afterward revealed a bit of insight into the mind and ethos of Kirby: 

You are what you eat.

Unite by Unity Technologies

Unite, organized by Unity Technologies, is for anyone who is passionate about creating assets and developing games using the Unity game engine. Depending on the season, Unite takes place in various parts of the world, including the Austin, Texas, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Singapore, and Kochi, India. It serves as a platform for artists, developers, and filmmakers to gain precious insights from Unity Technologies moguls and other developers.

Hearing about contemporary techniques from the heads of Unity departments can help you make a leap in understanding of how to produce your own game in the Unity engine. The event also highlights major engine additions, making the event the right direction to choose for becoming a Unity game development guru.


Date: February 22-24, 2023

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Pricing (starts at):

  • Member of INSTICC 3-day pass (daily lunch included): 535€ ($576USD)

  • Non-member 3-day pass (daily lunch and free INSTICC membership included*): 595€ ($640USD)

The 9th International Conference on Information Systems Security and Privacy (ICISSP) returns to in-person presentation in February 2023 for its annual conference on business intelligence. Conference chairs and speakers represent industry leaders from the UK, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, and the United States, and the event attracts data professionals from around the world.

Keynote lectures include:

  • “Usable Security: Security ‘Warnings’ 2.0” presented by Professor Melanie Volkamer,  Department of Economics and Management, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, regarding security awareness and viable solutions.

  • “Cybersecurity, Nicolas Cage, and Peppa Pig” by Professor Luca Vigano, Department of Informatics, King’s College London in the United Kingdom. Professor Vigano will use the films of Nicolas Cage to illustrate cybersecurity concepts, risk management, and the importance of data management in a way that’s accessible for non-cybersecurity specialists to understand.

Register to attend this event by logging into your INSTICC account. Registration for ICISSP 2023 grants access to the 12th annual International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods. ICPRAM 2023 is also in Lisbon this year and runs adjacent to the ICISSP 2023 conference.

*non-Members receive an INSTICC membership that grants access to all remaining 2023 INSTICC conferences at Member pricing.

Conferences for Games as Entertainment

There are a number of other industry events that mainly serve the purpose of entertainment. While visiting these venues might not boost your game development skills, it can help you get acquainted with recent releases and learn more about the overall state of the industry.

  • Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is the largest gaming trade event for software developers, publishers, and hardware manufacturers to advertise and introduce upcoming production releases. Held in Los Angeles, it draws more than 68K attendees and is considered to be a game changer when it comes to defining what and how people will play next year.
  • BlizzCon is Blizzard’s mega conference, a place where friendships are forged, heroes come to life, and the most passionate community in the world takes center stage. If you’re just learning about it now, it’s probably too late to get a ticket… start planning for next year!
  • Paris Games Week is an annual trade fair that often is held at the end of the year as a “closing event” where the latest releases are announced or showcased. It is now the third biggest game expo on the planet, surpassing 310K visitors in recent years.
  • Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is a series of gaming culture festivals held across the world that include multiple entertainment features such as video, table, and arcade games, and attracts gamer-geeks from all over the world. It’s also a platform for indie game developers to showcase their products in front of 70,000 visitors.
  • Tokyo Game Show is the biggest gaming expo in Japan that mostly features games from local publishers. However, there is a place for foreign companies as well. Despite having Capcom, Square Enix, and many other recognizable names on the list, many of the 270K attendees are interested in Sony Entertainment, an oversized leader in the console game market.
  • Taipei Game Show is currently the largest video games event in the world with more than 450K visitors and growing each year.

Why classic gaming names like Atari and MapleStory are still going in on the blockchain

Image: Nexon

MapleStory is the rare 2003 game that’s still going to this day, despite its reputation for being a pay-to-win grind fest. So perhaps it’s fitting that its developers want to bring the title to the blockchain next, complete with non-fungible tokens, its own cryptocurrency, and the possibility of playable Bored Apes.

A lot of games have died in the timeframe that MapleStory has existed. I grew up playing the side-scrolling multiplayer game in elementary school and decided to revisit it in college. Back in 2015, I was surprised to find the game still had a robust community powered by a few “whales,” or people who tend to spend significant amounts of real money on the game.

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