The Casual Games Association announced new locations for its game conferences in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. And the list of rotating events says some interesting things about the game industry.

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“Beginning in 2017, Casual Connect will be rotating events between regional cities regularly,” said Jessica Tams, managing director at the Casual Games Association, in a statement.

In the past year, Casual Connect had events in San Francisco, Singapore, Tel Aviv, and Berlin. But in 2017, the schedule has changed.

The Casual Connect Asia event will take place in Singapore again, from May 16 to May 18. But the San Francisco event, Casual Connect USA, will move to Seattle for August 1 to August 3.

Panel from left to right: Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat; Sean Lee, Chief Strategy Officer, Wargaming; Vlad Ceraldi, Director of Development, Hothead Games; Chris Early, VP of Digital Publishing, Ubisoft; Chris Olson, Former COO, SEGA Networks.

Above: Panel from left to right: Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat; Sean Lee, Chief Strategy Officer, Wargaming; Vlad Ceraldi, Director of Development, Hothead Games; Chris Early, VP of Digital Publishing, Ubisoft; Chris Olson, Former COO, SEGA Networks.

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And the Tel Aviv event will move to Kyiv, Ukraine, in October. Then the rotating will start again. The Casual Connect USA event will be in Anaheim, Calif., (at Disneyland) from January 16 to January 18 in 2018.

Casual Connect Europe will be in London from May 29 to May 31, 2018. And Casual Connect Tel Aviv will take place in September, 2018, and another Casual Connect Asia event will take place in Hong Kong in 2018.

Tams noted that while Casual Connect events would be rotating, its commitment to moving the games industry forward and providing developers, publishers, and others with indispensable insights would remain the same.

“We will continue to provide thoughtful, cutting-edge coverage on mobile and next-generation games, social casino gaming, design innovation, industry insights, market navigation, and more,” she said.

Disclosure: Casual Connect usually flies us out to cover their events. Our coverage remains objective.

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