#G4L

February 8+9, 2023 | Düsseldorf, Germany

FINAL BOSS

GAMES BUSINESS AND DEVELOPER CONFERENCE

FEBRUARY 8+9, 2023 // Düsseldorf, germany

#G4L FINAL BOSS 2023

The new games business and developer conference

With the #G4L FINAL BOSS conference, we don’t want to hold just another games conference. We want to be the ones who are connecting worlds and open eyes to new, unimagined business opportunities.

Our mission is to build bridges between the games industry and the non-games industry by offering a platform for business networking and inter-profession exchange; to connect both aspects of the game development community - digital games and analog games by enabling the creators of both sides to learn from each other and share their inspiration; to help small and new developers get the visibility they deserve by putting them in front of potential publishing and funding partners. Welcome to Düsseldorf, welcome to FINAL BOSS 2023!

Continue reading below to find out what we are offering and what our thematic scope is.


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Conference Program

It wouldn't be a conference without a robust program full of inspiring sessions consisting of talks and panel discussions. We pride ourselves in having a wide variety of both, renowned speakers with many stories to tell as well as newcomers, who made new discoveries they want to share with the world.

Hone your craft of game making by learning from veterans, gain new insights from business experts or get insired from other people's stories and experiences they want to share.

B2B Expo

Show your products and find business partners, present your company and hire talent. Whatever it is you want to achieve, we will gladly offer you the space and booths to do so. Become part of the FINAL BOSS B2B expo.

Indie Open Expo

So you're an indie developer but can't afford one of those fancy booths? Still, you have a prototype that the world needs to see? No problem! At the #G4L FINAL BOSS conference, we offer you the chance to showcase your work in our Indie Open Expo. You just bring your hardware and stay as long as you like.

Scope // Focus:
Digital meets analog

One of the latest mega-trends in gaming is the accelerated fusion of the worlds of analog and digital games. However, there is no conference yet, where the creators of digital games can meet the creators of analog games to exchange thoughts and ideas with each other. We want to change that! At #G4L, everything that can be played has its home at our festival. And at our conference, we want to bring the creatives together, so that they can learn from each other. How to adapt a boardgame in VR? How to turn a Jump n Run into a boardgame? What’s the difference in publishing an indie game on Steam compared to publishing an Indie board game? Explore these and more topics together at #G4L FINAL BOSS.

Image: Rough Justice '84 by Gamma Minus

Scope // Focus:
GAMING MEETS INDustry

Games technology is being adopted left and right by the non-games industry. Digital twins of industry plants are created in 3D, using Unity or Unreal. Gamification is revolutionizing the HR sector. Game Designers develop UX solutions for non-gaming applications and products. Esports is used as a vehicle to drive marketing communication in order to reach the previously unreachables. And the list goes on. For the non-games industry, this means, that an active exchange and building relations to the games industry is now a key factor for future success. You can count on it - your company will need the expertise from gamers and geeks rather sooner than later and at the #G4L FINAL BOSS Conference, you can create these connections.

VR at SMS group Image: VR at SMS group

eSports means business!

Get a better understanding of what eSports can and can't do for your business.

XR is serious business!

No matter whether VR, AR, MR - the real world application of extended realities lies beyond gaming. At the same time, gaming is the engine that drives XR development. Show your work, discover the projects of others and have meaningful conversations on the topic.

Metaverse and Web3

Let's have fruitful and unbiased discussions and exchange on the buzzword subjects that are most polarizing, criticised, loved, vigourusly attacked as well as zealously defended. For this matter, we will have the integrated summit titled "What's the game with MetaverseWeb3NFTCrypto ?" (see further below)

Programm Highlights

But wait, we have more in store for you!

07
Feb

#G4L FINAL BOSS NETWORKING DINNER* (pre-event)

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE!

The exclusive pre-event to FINAL BOSS: On the evening of February 7, we will have a B2B networking dinner in one of Düsseldorf's most hard to get dining locations: The Paradise Now. Enjoy finest cuisine combined with a unique atmosphere. A B2B networking dinner you won't forget!

Exclusive offer, seperate ticket required | total of 140 tickets available only.

*planned

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08
Feb

#G4L MEGA INDIE AWARDS CEREMONY

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE!

Indies and newcomers are near and dear to our hearts at #G4L! That's why we created the #G4L Mega Indie Awards in order to help the game creators of outstanding indie projects get the visibility they deserve. Every exhibiting indie at the #G4L Gaming Festival's Mega Indie Showcase automatically enters the awards - completely free of charge. The #G4L Mega Indie Awards are organized by the award bureau of Stiftung Digitale Spielkultur and awarded by a renowned and diverse jury of industry experts and new blood. The award ceremony will take place at #G4L FINAL BOSS on February 8.

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08
Feb

Düsseldorf Altstadt Pub Crawl (Side-Event)

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE!

To properly end the first conference day, how about we all hit the town - or rather the old town (Altstadt) together? Düsseldorf's Altstadt is known as the longest bar of the world, with countless places and unique flair this will be a side-event to remember.

*planned

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09
Feb

#G4L MEGA BUSINESS + EXHIBITOR PARTY*

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE!

The evening of February 9 will mark the end of #G4L’s FINAL BOSS conference but will also be the night before #G4L’s Gaming Festival. So let’s get together for our Mega Business + Exhibitor party! As the description already implies, here we will bring together the attendees of the FINAL BOSS conference and the representatives of our festival exhibitors. The scenery of Messe Düsseldorf’s Halle 1 Foyer is the perfect surrounding to have a unique B2B party that blends Cyberpunk and Vaporwave, just like #G4L’s branding does.

*planned

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Conference Schedule

Here's what we have planned for you. Kindly note that the schedule may be subject to changes.

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023

09:00
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10:00
Get in, have a morning coffee
10:00
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11:30
Opening Ceremony and
Opening Keynote by TxK Gaming
11:30
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12:30
Game Development (Analog and Digital) Gaming meets Industry Gaming meets Film Game Programming and Technology
12:30
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13:30
Lunch Break
13:30
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14:30
Game Development (Analog and Digital) Gaming meets Industry Gaming meets Writing Game Programming and Technology
14:30
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15:30
Game Development (Analog and Digital) Gaming meets Industry Games Business, PR and Marketing Game Programming and Technology
15:30
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16:30
Game Development (Analog and Digital) Gaming meets Industry Games Business, PR and Marketing Gaming meets Music
16:30
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17:00
Coffee Break
17:00
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18:00
Game Development (Analog and Digital) Gaming meets Industry Games Business, PR and Marketing Games Audio and SFX
18:00
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19:30
Dinner Break
19:30
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21:00
#G4L Mega Indie Awards Ceremony
21:00
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LATE
Düsseldorf Altstadt Pub Crawl
(Side Event)

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023

09:00
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10:00
Get in, have a morning coffee
10:00
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10:30
Welcoming to Day 2 of the Final Boss Conference
10:30
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11:30
Game Development (Analog and Digital) Gaming meets Industry Game Arts
(2D and 3D)
Inclusion and Diversity
11:30
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12:30
Game Development (Analog and Digital) Gaming meets Industry Game Arts
(2D and 3D)
Inclusion and Diversity
12:30
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13:30
Lunch Break
13:30
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14:30
Game Development (Analog and Digital) Gaming meets Industry Game Arts
(2D and 3D)
Inclusion and Diversity
14:30
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15:30
Game Development (Analog and Digital) Gaming meets Industry Game Arts
(2D and 3D)
Inclusion and Diversity
15:30
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16:30
Game Development (Analog and Digital) Gaming meets Industry Game Arts
(2D and 3D)
Inclusion and Diversity
16:30
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17:00
Coffee Break
17:00
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18:00
Game Development (Analog and Digital) Gaming meets Industry Game Arts
(2D and 3D)
Inclusion and Diversity
18:00
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19:30
Dinner Break
19:30
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LATE
Closing Ceremony and
#G4L Mega Business and Exhibitor Party

Integrated Summit

Gain insights to make better business decisions.

"What's the game with MetaverseWeb3NFTCrypto ?"

No decision-maker wants to leave potential untapped. And no decision-maker wants to fall victim to a con. The answer to both is to fully understand the subject and learn from experts. That's why we will have a summit to help you make better business decisions when it comes to Metaverse, NFTs, Web3, Crypto and Blockchain, so you can tell facts from fiction, estimate potential to be leveraged and identify value for YOUR business.

Closely tied to the application of games technology in a non-gaming context is the subject of the Metaverse and the whole thematic cluster surrounding it, including Web3, NFTs and for that matter, also Crypto and Blockchain. The subject was impossible to ignore in the year of 2022. It has been debated already with people either completely embracing and promoting it or fully dismissing and rejecting it. This demonstrates, that there is a lot to learn here.

For that matter, our host Christian Schiffer, journalist and author, will lead through a discussion to let voices from both sides of the spectrum state their arguments. Additional experts will add their thoughts. The result will be a deep dive into the thematic cluster and a factual discussion to help the attendees understand all aspects and all layers and eventually, to make better business decisions.

Key people at the summit:

Host: Christian Schiffer

Christian Schiffer is a journalist for Bayerischer Rundfunk as well as publisher for Game Media Outlet Wasted.de. He will be the FINAL BOSS version of Frank Plasberg and make sure the discussion will remain civil and factual.

Advocat: Christiane Stein

Supporting "Women in NFT", Christiane Stein envisions groundbreaking solutions for a new, digital and sustainable future in Web3 and blockchain technology.

Opposer: Jürgen "tante" Geuter

Thought leader Jürgen "tante" Geuter published several articles on the matter, being highly critical. Most attention got his article titled "The Third Web".
tante.cc: "The Third Web"

Speakers

We are proud to have an awesome line-up of speakers. Some of them can be seen here:

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What else is there to say?

Location

CCD Congress center Düsseldorf

The CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf is a state-of-the-art conference and convention centre right on the banks of the Rhine. CCD comprises over 41 rooms with a capacity of up to 2,500 people in the largest room and exhibition space measuring 11,000 sqm. Through direct access to the premises of Messe Düsseldorf and the adjacent exhibition halls 1 and 3, CCD’s overall capacity can be expanded from 7,500 to 22,500 people. The two neighbouring exhibition halls boast additional exhibition space of 34,000 sqm each.

Düsseldorf Airport, Germany’s third largest airport, is only three kilometres away, and Düsseldorf Old Town with its internationally renowned “longest bar counter in the world” is just five kilometres away.


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Need more Reasons to attend?

Indies! Indies! Indies!

Are you representing a publisher or an investor? Are you looking to find the next great indie title? Good, because at #G4L FINAL BOSS 2023, you will get to meet a load of them! That's because our conference is free for every exhibitor of our festival's Mega Indie Showcase and our ticket prices are also very affordable. That means you will definitely meet a lot of indies!

Publishers! Publishers! Publishers!

Or are you representing a service provider? Why should you care? Because the large amount of indies will attract numerous publishers. Your clients! So, in turn, FINAL BOSS is a great opportunity to reach your potential business partners!

Recruit talent

Where to find your next problem-solving, highly specialized colleague? At #G4L FINAL BOSS, of course! Find talent among our attendees with your own recruitment booth!

Learn from each other

#G4L FINAL BOSS is the first games conference that aims at bringing together the creators of digital games and analog games. There's much to learn from each other and we are happy that we are the ones who finally provide you with a platform for your creative exchange.

Beyond new Business!

We created a conference program that will provide valuable insights and knowledge for all. Among our attendees, we expect numerous representatives of companies from the non-games industry, who are eager to connect with the games industry.

All this and more makes #G4L FINAL BOSS the premier B2B event to take your business beyond the horizon of ordinary games conferences.

Tickets

Get them now and support our conference!

Please note that the Student Pass is only available for students. A proof of status is required upon on-site badge pickup.

Behind the Scenes

The #G4L FINAL BOSS Conference Advisory Board and key people

Want to become a partner, too?

We have numerous partnering options such as sponsorship or exhibition opportunities and we would love welcoming you as one of our partners.

Let's have a chat and explore what is the right solution for you, your products and your brand. We will happily find a custom tailored solution for each and every one of your needs and requirements.


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Your visibility at the #G4L FINAL BOSS Conference 2023

There are multiple ways for you to become a an exhibitor, sponsor or partner and to reach and even meet your target audience. Engage with company representatives, get in touch with the gamedev community, discover and recruit fresh talent, connect with developers in search of publishers and funding partners - whatever your goals are, we will go the extra mile to help you as our partner reach them!

Be part of the B2B Expo

Promote and showcase your services, tools and technologies on-site and boost your visibility with one of our pre-configured or even a custom made booth. Various sizes are available.

Sponsorships

Become the sponsor of a single session, an entire conference stage or even of a major event like our Mega Networking Dinner, the Mega Indie Awards or the Mega Business + Exhibitor Party.

Your own on-site side-event

Want to make your presence felt? Have a drinks reception or invite everyone to lunch on-site. The possibilities are numerous and we can make all of them happen. Just talk to us.

Physical items

We can offer a wide variety of brand-perception via physical items. The classics like your logo on our lanyards or volunteer t-shirts. Or how about a goodie bag for every participant?

Three more days to celebrate gaming

#G4L GAMING FESTIVAL 2023

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE!

#G4L doesn’t stop after the FINAL BOSS conference! In fact, there’s still our Gaming Festival to experience. Join us as an exhibitor or sponsor and reach 45,000 or more consumers!


#G4L Gaming Festival Pitch Deck