The Future of Games

GamesBeat Summit 2018

Berkeley, April 9 & 10, 2018

Dan Connors


Star Wars

Battlefront II

Co-Founder, CEO

Giant Spacekat

General Partner

Spark Capital

Dan Brody

Nabeel Hyatt

Featured Speakers

Executive VP of Corporate Operations

Blizzard Entertainment

Brianna Wu

Gio Hunt

VP, Business Development


Founder, Director, CEO


Janina Gavankar

Join the thought leaders

Get a huge business advantage by seeing the future of games before it happens.

GamesBeat Summit hosts the hottest game developers and publishers to discuss with peers and business execs their insights on the future of games. 

GamesBeat Summit 2018 is the destination conference for networking, inspiration, and industry insight. With the right people in the room to make great deals happen, our flagship industry event attracts the hottest game developers and publishers, as well as industry CEOs, executives, marketers, and venture capitalists.

Tam Armstrong



Chris Heatherly

Executive VP

Worldwide Games & Digital Platforms

Lisa Hanson

Founder &

Managing Partner

Niko Partners

Greg Pilarowski


Pillar Legal PC

Perrin Kaplan


Zebra Partners

Maarten Noyons


International Mobile Gaming Awards

Alex Xu


LeYou Technologies

Veronica Belmont

Product Manager in San Francisco

Noah Whinston



Brianna Wu

Co-Founder, CEO

Giant Spacekat

Michael Metzger


Houlihan Lokey

Billy Hsu



Eliot Peper

Author, Editor


Gio Hunt

Executive VP of Corporate Operations

Blizzard Entertainment

Dan Brody

VP, Business Development


Ping Li

General Partner


Bernie Stolar


The Stolar Group

Ramez Naam

Speaker, Author

The Infinite Resource

Tim Chang

Managing Director

Mayfield Fund

Clinton Foy

Managing Director

CrossCut Ventures

Kevin Chou

Chairman & Co-Founder

KSV eSports

Stephanie Chan

General Assignment Reporter - NY


Ed Fries

Former Head of Microsoft Game Studios 

Josh Yguado

President & COO

Jam City

Steve Peterson

CEO & Founder


Rand Miller


Cyan Worlds

Kate Edwards

CEO, Principal Consultant


2018 Speakers

Paul Tozur


Mothership Entertainment

Nabeel Hyatt

General Partner

Spark Capital

Matt Conn

Founder & CEO


Gordon Rubenstein

Managing Partner

Raine Ventures

Dan Connors

Founder, Director, CEO


Yvette Martinez-Rea


ESL North America

Janina Gavankar


Star Wars Battlefront II

Bill Roper



Michael Vorhaus


Magid Advisors

Debbie Bestwick


Team 17

and more...

GamesBeat Summit 2018 will show you the edge and the strategies that will succeed in the future. We'll touch on the parts of gaming that are driving excitement, growth, and new startups — including augmented reality, virtual reality, esports, mobile games, PC and console games, indies, and new game technologies.

  • 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

2018 Topics

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.”

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 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.”

“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.”

GamesBeat Summit 2018 will be at the Claremont Hotel & Resort in Berkeley, just a 20-minute drive from downtown San Francisco. The Claremont is one of America’s iconic luxury hotels, overlooking San Francisco Bay. Its close proximity to San Francisco offers out-of-town guests excellent access to all the city offers for leisure or business, but is just far enough away from downtown to provide a perfect retreat setting. 

Check out our special event + hotel package when you register.

Located at 41 Tunnel Rd, Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, California | Claremont Hotel & Resort


GamesBeat Summit Advisory Board

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

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

2018 Sponsors