The Time Machine

GamesBeat 2017

San Francisco, October 5 & 6

CEO of The Stolar Group 


Steven Roberts

Chairman of ESL

Bernie Stolar

Hilmar Veigar Pétursson

CEO of CCP Games

If you could see the future of games before it happens, you’d clearly have a huge business advantage. GamesBeat 2017 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.

Join the thought leaders

GamesBeat 2017 is the destination conference for networking, inspiration, and intelligent interaction. With the right people in the room to make great deals happen, our flagship industry event attracts game and tech industry CEOs, executives, marketers, investors, venture capitalists, and developers.

Clinton Foy

Managing Director

CrossCut Ventures

Tim Chang

Managing Director

Mayfield Fund


Debbie Bestwick


Team 17

Noah Whinston



Steven Roberts

Executive Chairman


Hilmar Veigar Pétursson


CCP Games

2017 Speakers

Bernie Stolar


The Stolar Group

Ramez Naam

Speaker, Author

The Infinite Resource

and more...

Kevin Chou

Chairman & Co-Founder

KSV eSports

Bill Roper



Perrin Kaplan


Zebra Partners

Stephanie Chan

General Assignment Reporter - NY


Herman Narula


Chris Heatherly

Executive VP

Worldwide Games & Digital Platforms

Josh Yguado

President & COO

Jam City

2017 Topics


For GamesBeat 2017: Time Machine, we’ll be pairing visionaries of the future with icons of the past, who together will share insights into strategies for moving forward. We'll touch on the parts of gaming that are driving excitement, growth, and new startups — including augmented reality, virtual reality, esports, influencers, mobile games, PC and console games, indies, new game technologies, and the connection between games, tech, and science fiction.


We want to show you the edge and the strategies that will succeed in the future. Here’s some of what we’re planning. Stay tuned for a complete agenda to come.

Intersection of sci-fi, games and tech

Platforms: Where to place your bets? AR,VR, & more

Creating a culture of inspiration and creativity

Emerging markets for games

Monetization: How to acquire and retain users

Esports and building the community

Deals: Follow the money

Diversity and the expanding ecosystem

Early Access as a business model

How mods can launch new game genres

What game engine should you use?

“I’m just astounded by the line-up. If you go somewhere like E3, they might have a similar line-up but you have to fight tooth and nail just to have a chance to speak with them.”


“The best thing about GamesBeat is that everyone’s engaged in [the sessions] but the lobby networking is unparalleled. We’ve had some of the greatest of the greats in the games industry just chatting and bumping into each other — which is frankly why you come.”

“The unique thing about GamesBeat is the great content. And at the same time, you have decision makers, pretty senior folks together and [you] see old friends and meet new people in the industry that can actually move your business forward.”

What past attendees say

“I have to be very selective when I go to a games event. And the events done by VentureBeat and Dean are the best. I don’t want to mention names [of other events], but most of them are not curated, they’re not attended by C-level guys.”

“People who attend [GamesBeat] are serious about being here because they know the quality.”

This year, GamesBeat moves to the beautiful Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco. It offers a spectacular view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge and a unique space for networking. 

2017 Venue


Michael Metzger, Houlihan Lokey

Mihir Shah, Immersv

Zvi Greenstein, Nvidia

Gordon Bellamy, USC

Tom Sanocki, Limitless

Maarten Noyons, IMGA

Sunny Dhillon, Signia Venture Partners

Michael Chang, NCSoft

Adam Orth, First Contact

Kate Edwards, IGDA

Nicole Lazarro, XEO Design

Nick Beliaeff, Spin Master

Noah Falstein, formerly Google

James Zhang, Concept Art House

Joost van Dreunen, SuperData Research

Nathan Stewart, Wizards of the Coast

Peter Levin, Lionsgate

Ravi Belwal, Samsung

Kate Connally, Google


GamesBeat Advisory Board



2017 Sponsors