SFCC Panel Lunch: The State of Play: China’s Games Industry

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Date(s) - Thursday, July 25 2013
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Kempinski Hotel


The State of Play: China’s Games Industry

The Panelists: Steve Gray, Jazy Zhang, Lisa Hanson and Greg Pilarowski

Thursday, Jul 25

 Venue: Kempinski Hotel, Lujiazui

12:00 p.m.

Join our panel of experts for a discussion of the current state of play in China’s online game industry. Experts will talk about growth prospects for mobile games, the international ambitions of China’s game operators and leaders that appear poised to win in the future.

 Venue: Kempinski Hotel, 2nd floor mezzanine, Aqua Italian Restaurant

1288 Lujiazui Ring Road  21-3867-8888


Time: Thursday July 25, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Doors open at 12:00 p.m. Event starts at 12:30 p.m. 

Admission: 100 for FCC members, 150 for non-members

About the Panelists:

Steve Gray is the executive in charge of game production at Hong Kong-listed Tencent, the China web giant which has emerged in recent years as one of the world’s largest online game companies. Prior to joining Tencent in 2009, Steve has held production and management roles many of the world’s most prominent game developers, including Ferry Games (2 years), a Chinese video game operator and publisher, EA (12 years), THQ (4 years), and Square-Enix (4 years). While at EA he managed the Lord of the Ring franchise and was on the senior leadership team for game titles that sold over 18 million units worldwide. In 1997, Steve founded Chemistry Entertainment, a game studio that was later sold to THQ and became Heavy Iron Studios.

Jazy Zhang is the chief financial officer of Giant Interactive (NYSE: GA), a leading online game company in China. Prior to joining Giant in 2011, Jazy was the chief financial officer of Shanghai Storm Entertainment, a venture capital invested pre-IPO online game company in China. She has also served in finance and accounting roles at various U.S. companies, including Magma Design Automation, Inc., Brocade Communications, Inc., and Tumbleweed Communications. Jazy also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Los Angeles and San Jose, California. She is a U.S. certified public accountant and holds a master of business taxation from the University of Southern California and a bachelor of science in engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Company website: www.ga-me.com

Lisa Hanson is the founder and managing partner of Niko Partners, a leading provider of market intelligence and custom research about the games industry in Asia. Niko’s clients include companies that are global leaders in game publishing, game services, hardware, and investments such as Sony Online Entertainment, Apple, Tencent, Zynga, Electronic Arts, Blizzard Entertainment and McKinsey & Company. Lisa and her team also maintain the Niko Blog<http://nikopartners.com/blog/> and distribute a weekly newsletter with updates on the Asian game market. Company website: www.nikopartners.com

Greg Pilarowski is the founder of Pillar Legal, a boutique international law firm with offices in Shanghai and San Francisco. He has been active in China’s video game industry since 2004, when he became the general counsel of Shanda, one of China’s leading online game companies. Pillar Legal’s clients including many of the world’s largest operators of online games as well as numerous game development studios. Greg is a graduate of Harvard Law School and is admitted to practice law in both New York and California. In addition, under the pen name Nathan Green, he is the author of The Great Firewall, a fictional political thriller set in China’s internet world. Company website: www.pilarlegal.com


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