The Future of Games

GamesBeat Summit 2018

Berkeley,  April 9 & 10

Founder, Director, CEO



Gio Hunt

Executive VP of Corporate Operations Blizzard Entertainment

Dan Connors

Nabeel Hyatt

General Partner

Spark Capital

If you could see the future of games before it happens, you’d clearly have a huge business advantage. GamesBeat Summit hosts the hottest game developers and publishers to discuss with peers and business execs their insights on the future of games.  

Join the thought leaders

GamesBeat Summit 2018 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 the hottest game developers and publishers, as well as  industry CEOs, executives, marketers, and venture capitalists.


Yvette Martinez-Rea


ESL North America

Bernie Stolar


The Stolar Group

Ramez Naam

Speaker, Author

The Infinite Resource

Bill Roper



Matt Conn

Founder & CEO


Tim Chang

Managing Director

Mayfield Fund

Debbie Bestwick


Team 17

2018 Speakers

Lisa Hanson

Founder & Managing Partner

Niko Partners

Clinton Foy

Managing Director

CrossCut Ventures

Michael Metzger


Houlihan Lokey

and more...

Steve Peterson

CEO & Founder StoryPHORCE

Maarten Noyons Founder

International Mobile Gaming Awards 

Noah Whinston



Rand Miller


Cyan Worlds

Paul Tozur


Mothership Entertainment

Kevin Chou

Chairman & Co-Founder

KSV eSports

Tam Armstrong



Greg Pilarowski


Pillar Legal PC

Perrin Kaplan


Zebra Partners

Billy Hsu



Kate Edwards

CEO, Principal Consultant


Stephanie Chan

General Assignment Reporter - NY


Alex Xu


LeYou Technologies

Gordon Rubenstein

Managing Partner

Raine Ventures

Chris Heatherly

Executive VP

Worldwide Games & Digital Platforms

Eliot Peper

Author, Editor


Nabeel Hyatt

General Partner

Spark Capital

Josh Yguado

President & COO

Jam City

Gio Hunt

Executive VP of Corporate Operations

Blizzard Entertainment

Dan Connors

Founder, Director, CEO


Ed Fries

Former Head of Microsoft Game Studios

Ping Li

General Partner



For GamesBeat Summit 2018: The Future of Games, we’ll hear from the leading visionaries of the future who 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.

2018 Topics

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.”


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.

2018 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 Summit Advisory Board

2018 Sponsors