Deep discussion on what global strategic game publishers like Stillfront, SEGA, and Scopely look for when expanding into India from a development or market perspective.
- Justin Keeling, General Partner, Lumikai Fund
- Alexis Bonte, Group COO, Stillfront Group
- Saito Go, Executive Officer & Head of Japan Asia Publishing, SEGA Corporation
- Justin Scarpone, SVP & GM Asia, Scopely
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