GamesBeat Summit 2018


Berkeley, April 9 & 10

If you could see the future of games before it happens, you’d clearly have a huge business advantage. GamesBeat Summit 2018 will take you into the future of games before it happens – and use that same time machine to return you to the past for critical lessons that still apply and will influence where we go next.

Monday, April 9, 2018

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm: Opening Gathering

1:50 pm - 2:00 pm: Introductory remarks with Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm: "We started at the bottom: An analyst's perspective" with Joost Van Druenen, CEO of SuperData Research

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2:10 pm - 2:30 pm: "Games as spectacle: Rise of a new sport" with Kevin Chou, CEO of KSV eSports; Dean Takahashi

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2:30 pm - 2:50 pm: "Old consoles and new ones" with Ed Fries, Former Head of Microsoft Game Studios; TBA

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2:50 pm - 3:10 pm: Panel: "The leisure economy" with Jon "Neverdie" Jacobs, CEO of Neverdie Studios; Gio Hunt, Executive VP of Operations at Blizzard Entertainment; Dean Takahashi; TBA

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3:10 pm - 3:30 pm: "Hollywood and games 2.0" with Michael Metzger; Chris Heatherly

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Afternoon break

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm: TBA

4:20 pm - 4:40 pm: "Games with ridiculous computation" with Bill Roper, CCO at Improbable

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm: "Influencers" with Perrin Kaplan, Principal at Zebra Partners; TBA

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm: "The evolution of storytelling from LucasArts to Telltale" with Dan Connors, Founder, Director, and CEO at Telltale; Dean Takahashi

5:20 pm - 5:40 pm: "How we use spaces: Physical, virtual, gaming" with John Underkoffler, CEO of Oblong Industries and Science Advisor for Minority Report

5:40 pm - 6:00 pm: "How experiential games have changed; Pioneering a new platform" with Rand Miller; Dean Takahashi

6:00 pm - 6:05 pm: Closing remarks with Dean Takahashi


6:05 pm - TBD: Reception

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

8:00 am - 9:15 am: Registration and continental breakfast

9:15 am - 9:30 am: Welcome with Dean Takahashi

9:30 am - 10:00 am: "Lightning talks" with Tam Armstrong, Polyarc; Paul Tozer, Mothership; TBA

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10:00 am - 10:20 am: "Esports: The dawn of a new sport" with Clinton Foy, managing Director of Crosscut Ventures

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10:20 am - 10:50 am: "Bucking the status quo: Diversity & discrimination then, now & as we move toward the future" with Rebecca Heineman, CEO of Olde Sküül; Charles Babb, CEO of Fairchild Consortium; Matt Conn, Founder of GaymerX; TBA

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10:50 am - 11:20 am: "China's global expansion" with Alex Xu, CEO of LeYou; Greg Pilarowski, Founder of Pillar Legal; Bill Wang, President of Overseas Business at 360 Games; Billy Hsu, Founder of SixtyFive02

11:20 am - 11:50 am: "What's hot in game investing?" with Eric Goldberg; Nabeel Hyatt, General Partner at Spark Capital; Amit Kumar; Gordon Rubenstein, Managing Partner at Raine Ventures

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: Breakout Sessions


12:35 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm: "Making IP games work in mobile" with Josh Yguado, President and COO at Jam City

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2:20 pm - 2:40 pm: "Where to find new users" with Mike Vorhaus, President of Magid Advisors; Nick Earl, CEO of Glu Mobile

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2:40 pm - 3:00 pm: Afternoon break

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm: TBA

3:20 pm - 3:40 pm: "From publisher to developer to games label" with Debbie Bestwick, CEO at Team 17; Stephanie Chan, Reporter for GamesBeat

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3:40 pm - 4:00 pm: TBA

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm: TBA

4:20 pm - 4:25 pm: Closing remarks with Dean Takahashi

4:30 pm - TBD: Closing reception