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GMGC Manila 2017 Survival Guide

GMGC Manila 2017 Survival Guide

by Chii MercedJanuary 7, 2017
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The Philippines’ first gaming event of the year will kick off next week!

The Global Mobile Game Confederation will be making its 5th stop in its South East Asian tour here in Metro Manila, Philippines with GMGC Manila 2017 to be held in the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Mandaluyong City.

Celebrating the booming industry of mobile gaming, GMGC Manila will bring together Company CEOs, Investors, Enthusiasts and, of course, Developers in the mobile gaming field under one roof for 2 days of sharing insights, ideas, and showcasing digital products.

Brief History

GMGC or Global Mobile Game Confederation was first founded in September 2012 by Mr. David Song, and had its first event in China’s capital, Beijing before venturing towards South East Asia by organizing Mobile Game Asia, which was first held in Singapore during July 2014. GMGC, which is sometimes referred to as the Global Mobile Games Conference or the Global Mobile Games Congress depending on where its held, still continues their annual industry event in Beijing, while at the same time also organizing mobile game conventions in Chinese cities Kunshan and Chengdu.

Getting to the event

GMGC Manila 2017 is held in one of the easiest to locate locations in the heart of the metro, the EDSA Shangri-La hotel which sits right next to SM Megamall along the EDSA freeway. Transportation is fairly easy as one can easily hail a cab towards the hotel or any of the available carpooling services and at the same time, if you prefer (and are used to) commuting without the use of a cab though you can always take the Bus with your arrival point being Starmall’s Mandaluyong branch, from there you can just cross the road towards EDSA Shangri-La and enter the hotel through its mall area. If you’re looking for a quicker way to travel along the EDSA route you can also take the Metro Rail Transit system or the MRT and get off at the Shaw Boulevard station, from there you can directly enter the EDSA Shangri-La mall and then make your way towards the hotel, be wary during your commute though as things can get easily hectic especially in Manila’s MRT.

Event Highlights

As GMGC Manila 2017 is largely different from the usual fan conventions that we are used to having here in the Philippines, one must take note that this is a rather more formal form of a gaming themed gathering with one highlight to include keynote speakers from different companies, there’s no need to fret too much though as spots such as the Indie Pitch Arena can still offer us our usual indulgences of being able to try out video game titles, only this time it will largely be in the mobile platform.


The exhibition area at GMGC Kuala Lumpur, a similar spot will be held in GMGC Manila, where we can all indulge in our biggest reason of attending conventions; playing video games.

Gaining Access


While you’re free to enter the EDSA Shangri-La plaza and enjoy its amenities, gaining access to GMGC Manila 2017 will obviously not be free unless on special circumstances such as if you’re part of the organizing crew, one of the speakers, a developer or part of the media. With that in hand, GMGC Manila 2017 offers 3 different ticket packages for event attendees, each with their own different access levels. For local ticket buyers, prices start at PHP 950 for a Regular ticket with the Advanced Ticket priced at PHP 4,900 and the VIP access at PHP 9,900, International ticket buyers will also have their own ticket prices, as to not get hassled by the ever changing conversion rates, namely USD 40 for Regular, USD 150 for Advanced and USD 500 for the VIP. Regular ticket holders are entitled to Main Stage and Indie Arena access while also getting free drink vouchers for the official party, VIPs on the other hand can take part in the VIP dinner and Meet & Greet sessions which will take place this Jan 11, 2017.


Ticket benefits according to Access Pass Level.

The Speakers

The Keynote speaking panels will make up a huge part of GMGC Manila 2017 this January with topics that will involve development, investment and startups. Aside from people from the Business, a few local celebrities will also be part of the speaking panel, with showbiz stars such as Anne Curtis-Smith and Alejandro “Kuya Kim” Atienza.

GMGC Manila 2017 List of Speakers

  • Nix Nolledo, Chairman & CEO, Xurpas
  • Daniel Horan, Commercial Director, GLOBE
  • Mario Wynands, Managing Director, PikPok
  • Vineet Tanwar, Business Development, Google Play South East Asia
  • Paul McCarthy, Sr. Client Services Manager, AppsFlyer
  • Alvin Juban, President, Game Developers Association of the Philippines
  • Derrick Alain Mapagu, CEO, Most Played Games
  • Gabby Dizon, CEO, Altitude Games
  • Jakob Nilsson, Co-Founder, NeoConsult
  • David Song, CEO, GMGC
  • Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, Director of Creative Multimedia, MDEC
  • Thomas Andreasen, CGO, Playlab
  • Gwen Guo, Co-founder, IMBA Interactive
  • Desmond Lee, CEO, Appxplore
  • Luna Cruz Javier, Creative Director, Altitude Games
  • Vlad Micu, Freelance Game Consultant
  • Arief Widhiyasa, CEO, Agate Studio
  • Yan Marchal, CEO, Sanuk Games
  • Chase Freo, Director of Marketing, R2Games
  • Thunyut Chienpairoj, CEO, ThinkBox Studios
  • Cholo Tagaysay, Chief Marketing Officer, Xurpas
  • Frank Sliwka, CEO, International Business Media Pte Ltd
  • Ryan Sumo, Lead Artist, Squeaky Wheel
  • Mau San Andres, Associate Director, Asia Pay
  • Raymond Racaza, CEO, Xeleb Technologies Inc.
  • Isabelle Daza, Managing Director, Xeleb Technologies Inc.
  • Alejandro “Kuya Kim” Mendoza, Managing Partner, Xeleb Technologies Inc.
  • Erwan Heussaff, Managing Director, Xeleb Technologies Inc.
  • Anne Curtis-Smith, Managing Partner, Xeleb Tehcnologies Inc.
  • LK Shelley, Managing Partner, Affinity Ventures
  • Chirag Shah, Head – Asian Region, Nazara
  • Hal Bame, CEO, Matchme Pte Ltd
  • Wei Chong Ho, Business Development Manager, Unity
  • Andrea Levinge, CEO, Whitewidget
  • Vincent Low, Director, Akamai
  • Jamie KIM, Regional Business Development Manager, App Annie
  • Reinaldo Normand, Investment Partner, GameFounders Asia
  • Thijs Hagoort, CFO, Newzoo

Getting around inside

GMGC Manila 2017 will be held inside EDSA Shangri-La’s Banque Halls and will utilize a total of 5 halls with 2 reserved for VIPs, getting around the event is pretty easy as shown in the official event floor plan, right next to the registration booth is the main stage where most of the talks will take place and  a little further will be the Developer’s Corner and Exhibition Halls, right across the hall will be the VIP Lounge and VIP Lunch areas while in between them will be the Indie Pitch Arena arena and the GMGC Developers Camp.

GMGC Manila 2017's event map, areas in Blue can be accessed by all ticket holders, whereas areas in Red are reserved for VIPs.

GMGC Manila 2017’s event map, areas in Blue can be accessed by all ticket holders, whereas areas in Red are reserved for VIPs.


Dates to remember

GMGC Manila 2017’s gates will open for attendees starting at 8:30 in the morning of Jan 12, 2017 and the event will run for the whole day, with the official event party, should you attend, to be held during day, still Jan 12, at the Sky High Bar in Ace Hotel, Kapitolyo Pasig City. As for Day 2, Jan 13, the Main Stage will open up its halls at 11:00 AM although the event registration should be held during the same time period as Day 1. Also, take note that the Indie Pitch Arena panel will start at at 10:30 in the morning on Jan 12, whereas the Developer’s Camp panel will start its discussions in Jan 13, at 1:00 PM.

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