9:00 - 10:30

10:00 - 11:00

GDCy Fest Registration

10:30

GDCy Fest Opening Ceremony (main stage)
Tim Fadeev (GDCy), Andrey Ivashentsev (GDCy), Nicos Nicolaides (Mayor of Limassol)

10:45

Gaming on TikTok Keynote  (main stage)
Noam Zada (TikTok)

11:00

Fireside Chat – Promoting your game in TikTok (main stage)
Leonid Blinov (TikTok)
Natalya Chirkova (Axlebolt)
Eugene Wazhinsky (Axlebolt)


Business in Games

Technology in Games

Marketing in Games

Cyprus GameDev

11:30

11:30

Gaming in 2024 and 2025. What trends will be driving the changes in the industry in the next years?
Mariusz Gasiewski (Google)

Why develop in-house game engine in today’s industry? A glance from inside Wargaming.
Max Baryshnikov (Wargaming)

Level up your Game App Marketing – Gaming Trends for 2024
Anna Lobanova (AppsFlyer)

Unlocking Cyprus Citizenship: A Guide for Game Developers (panel)

Panelists:
Angelos Paphitis (AGP-LAW)
Roksoliana Melnyk (Emerald Group)
Georgia Papa (Pyrgou Vakis Law Firm)

Moderator:
Natalia Kardash (Successful Business Leaders’ Club)



12:00

12:00

The Future of Gaming: Cross-Pay, Cross-Play
Nick Bondarenko (Xsolla)

Yesterday’s Debt and Tomorrow’s Dream
Ali Farha (Star Stable Entertainment)

Retain and Thrive: How Your Community Manager Fuels Revenue Growth
Liza Makhina (Belka Games)

12:30

12:30

360IP – The Future of Entertainment
Patrik Wilkens (TheSoul Publishing)

Sound in Games – Fireside Chat
Matt Piersall (Certain Affinity, WolfEye Studios)
Ressa Schwarzwald (Gameowdio)

Pathways to Success: Mastering the Mechanics of Winning on the Open Internet
William Melzer (Moloco)

Tricky Questions about Cyprus for your new Passport
Natalia Kardash (Successful Business)

13:00 - 14:00

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00

14:00

Investing in Games – VC perspective (panel)

Panelists:
Ilya Karpinskiy (The Games Fund)
Diana Moldavsky (Tencent)
Eugene Koren (Kolas VC)
Evgeny Konovalov (MY.GAMES)
Andrey Kuznetsov (ex GDEV)

Moderator:
Roman Gursky (GEM Capital)




UA with predictive technologies: practical implications and insights
Andrew Bluemental (Lemon AI)
Gregory Potemkin (Lemon AI)

 Fair to Play. Under the hood of UFL – AAA football video game
Alexander Bogomolskiy (Strikerz)

Banking in business: The key to a successful global launch
Sergejs Dupleca (Unlimit)

14:30

14:30

Game Shop Design Strategies – From Layouts to LiveOps
Pavel Ignatov (Balancy.co)

Does your app *really* bring you money? Proven tips, trends, and more.
Natalia Grishkina (Yandex Ads)
Ekaterina Sokolova (Yandex Ads)

Registering and Maintaining your Game IP in Cyprus
Vasilisa Dashkouskaya (REVERA)

15:00

15:00

Starting your own game studio… Why would you do that to yourself? – Fireside Chat
Raphael Colantonio (Arkane, WolfEye Studios)
Peter Salnikov (Book Burner Games, Disgusting Men)

Launching in China – The Endless Journey
Jane Artemova (Playkot)

Master App Video Ads for Success: How important are creatives to drive results?
Marios Anastasiou (Google)

LVLUP Accelerator Demo Day
Pitch session featuring gaming studios and startups that are finalists in the acceleration program

Moderators:
Vladislav Zdorenko (LVLUP)
Evgeniya Savicheva (LVLUP)

15:30

15:30

Business Fundamentals for Gaming Startups
Mike Fischer(University of Southern California)

Atomic Heart Localization Challenges
Valeriy Timchenko(AllCorrect)

Reddit for Game Developers
Millie Fairbank (Reddit)

16:00 - 16:30

16:00 - 16:30

Break

GDCy T-Rex Rush (beach)
T-Rex Costume Race

16:30

16:30

Hybrid-Casual – Current State, New Trends, New Games, Iteration
Jakub Remiar (2.5 Gamers Podcast)

Do you really know your game?
Production stories and results.

Serg Kharchenko (CM Games)

Games for Telegram – First steps in Web3
Daria Novikova (TON Play)

Upskilling and Sustaining High-Performance Teams in 2024 (panel)

Panelists:
Elena Arkhipova (Nexters)
Ekaterina Dolgova (Redhill Games)
Ekaterina Miroshnichenko (SOTA)
Elena Artyukh (Playkot)
Mojca Ipavec (Outfit7)

Moderator:
Marina Sevastidou (Wargaming)





17:00

17:00

Decisiveness and Optionality: A Leadership Paradox in Games Industry
Matias Myllyrinne (Redhill Games)

Saving 50% of game developer’s time with AI automation
Alexander Goldybin (Code Maestro)

Killer Tips to improve your UA
Matej Lancaric (2.5 Gamers Podcast)

17:30

17:30

Game Investments in 2024 – Fireside Chat
Victor Lee (Krafton)
Mike Fischer (University of Southern California)

Advertising fraud management approaches and lifehacks
Simon Revich (InDrive)

The Game Beyond the Screen: How Community Engagement Fuels Growth
Anastasia Zaiceva (ZiMAD)

 IBU TechHub – Banking for Game Developers
Vasilis Kettis (Bank of Cyprus)

18:00

18:00

GDCy Fest Closing Ceremony (main stage)
Tim Fadeev (GDCy), Andrey Ivashentsev (GDCy)

18:30 - 23:00

18:30 - 23:00

Show Program (main stage)
Live Bands & DJ Set