2019 Agenda

GamesBeat Summit

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Opening Gathering

11:00 am - 12:45 pm

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm

Introductory remarks with Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat - Boss Stage

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

"The Landscape of Gaming" with Michael Pachter, Video Game Analyst - Details - Boss Stage

1:10 pm - 1:50 pm

"The Future of Gaming" with Phil Harrison, VP of Google, moderated by Amy Hennig - Boss Stage

"User Acquisition Is Dead - Facebook & Google UAC Creative Are King! " with Brian Bowman, CEO of Consumer Acquisition - Details - Boss Stage

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

"Eat or Get Eaten - Consolidation is Coming" with Bernard Kim, President of Publishing at Zynga, moderated by Michael Metzger, partner at Drake Star Partners - Details - Boss Stage

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

Q&A on "User Acquisition Is Dead - Facebook & Google UAC Creative Are King! " with Brian Bowman, CEO of Consumer Acquisition - Hero Stage

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

JamCity Coffee Break

"Communities That Last for Years" with Owen Mahoney, President & CEO of Nexon and moderated by Michael Pachter - Details - Boss Stage

5:20 pm - 5:40 pm

"Games as a Global Language" with Rami Ismail of Vlambeer, moderated by Ivan Lobo, Founder & President of Gamelab - Details - Hero Stage

"Location-Based Entertainment Then and Now" with Brent and Nolan Bushnell, moderated by Jason Robar, Co-Founder & CPO at AuthorDigital - Details - Boss Stage

5:40 pm - 6:00 pm

"The Future of Kids Communities" with Jesse Divnich, VP of Research & Strategy at Interpret, moderated by Michael Cai, President of Interpret - Details - Hero Stage

4:20 pm - 4:50 pm

"Renewal: Why Institutional VCs Are Turning to Games Again" with Gregory Milken of March Capital Partners, Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Venture Partners, Scott Rupp of BITKRAFT and moderated by Eric Goldberg of Crossover Technologies - Details - Boss Stage

4:50 pm - 5:20 pm

"Chasing the Fun" with Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment, moderated by Ted Price, CEO of Insomniac Games - Details - Boss Stage

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm

"Influencer Campaigns that Work" with Omeed Dariani, CEO of OPG.tv, Brian Perry, Senior Marketing Manager at Wizards of the Coast, Dodger, top gaming influencer, and moderated by Adam Lieb, CEO of GameSight - Details - Hero Stage

6:00 pm - 6:05 pm

Closing Remarks with Dean Takahashi - Boss Stage

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

8:00 am - 9:15 am

Registration & Breakfast

10:20 am - 10:50 am

"Surviving China's Gaming Market" with Greg Pilarowski, Founder of Pillar Legal, Taewon Yun, GM, Global Publishing at Super Evil Megacorp, Andrew Tang, Chief Business Officer at GAMEPOCH and moderated by Lisa Cosmas Hanson of Niko Partners - Details - Boss Stage

"Taking Esports to the Next Level" with Peter Levin, President, Interactive Ventures, Games & Digital Strategy at Lionsgate and Mike Sepso, Chairman, Electronic Sports Group, Investor & Strategic Advisor New York Excelsior - Details - Hero Stage

11:10 am - 11:40 am

"Video Games, Screen Time, and Parents" with Stanley Pierre-Louis, Acting President & CEO of Entertainment Software Association and moderated by Keisha Howard, Founder of Sugar Gamers - Details - Boss Stage

"Seed Stage Investing for Games" with David Gardner of London Venture Partners,

Ed Fries of 1Up Ventures, and Charles Hudson of Precursor Ventures and moderated by Eric Goldberg - Details - Hero Stage

12:00 pm - 1:10 pm

Lunch presented by Niantic

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

"The Future of Influencers and Gaming Videos" with Ryan Wyatt, Global Head, Gaming & Virtual Reality at YouTube - Details - Boss Stage

"Gamer Girls Are Masters of Community & What You Can Learn from Them" with Taina Malen, CMO & COO of Star Stable Entertainment AB moderated by Elizabeth Howard - DetailsHero Stage

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm

"Dealing With Gamers Across the Decades" with Raph Koster, Veteran Game Designer, Creative Executive & Author and moderated by Amy Jo Kim, CEO, Startup Coach & Best Selling Author - Details - Hero Stage

"Video Games Live, Intellivision and Gaming Communities" with Tommy Tallarico, President & CEO of Intellivision Entertainment and moderated by Mike Gallagher, CEO of Intrepidity - Details - Boss Stage

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm

JamCity Coffee Break

"Gaming's New Growth Areas" with Kevin Chou, CEO & Co-Founder of Forte Labs, moderated  by Mike Vorhaus - Details - Boss Stage

11:40 am - 12:00 pm

"Start-Up Dilemma - Building New Gaming Studios in Today's Exciting Industry Landscape" with Michael Condrey of Sledgehammer Games and moderated by Dean Takahashi - Details - Hero Stage

4:40 pm

Cocktail Reception presented by Worldpay

Breakout - Typical Gaming Behavior, Bot or Human? with Katie Hutcherson Madding, Global Product Director at Adjust, Yaron Oliker, Co-Founder & CEO of Unbotify, and moderated by Steve Peterson, CEO of StoryPHORCE Entertainment - Boss Stage

1:10 pm - 1:55 pm

Breakout - Blockchain Comes to Games with Arthur Madrid, Board Member of Animoca Brands, Roy Liu, Head of Business Development at the Tron Foundation, Kevin Chou, CEO of Forte Labs, and Miko Matsumura, General Partner at Gumi Ventures & Co-Founder of Evercoin Exchange, moderated by James Zhang, CEO of Concept Art House - Details - Hero Stage

Breakout - Sci-Fi, Tech, and Games with Aaron Casillas & Alex McDowell, both professers at USC, moderated by Pete Hawkes, Director of Interaction Design at Oblong - Offsite at Oblong Industries

10:50 am - 11:10 am

"MMO Gamers Are More Diverse Than You Think" with Kristen Dumont, CEO of MZ, moderated by Dean Takahashi - Details - Boss Stage

"What PC Gamers Want" with Roger Chandler, SVP of Intel, and moderated by Blair Herter, Chief Brand Officer & SVP, Partnerships at ADVNCR - Details - Hero Stage

"The Future of Interactive Storytelling" Michael Fox, CEO & CCO at Endless Entertainment and Sean Krankel, Studio Director & Co-Founder at Night School Studio, moderated by Chris Heatherly, EVP, Games and Digital Platforms, NBC Universal - Details - Boss Stage

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

"Where Game Communities are Going" with USC professors, Archie Prakish, Scott Easley, and Jesse Vigil, moderated by Gordon Bellamy of USC - Details - Hero Stage

"Gamer 2.0 – New Rules In A Crowded Field" with Chris DeWolfe, CEO of Jam City, moderated by Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush Securities - Details - Boss Stage

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm

"Games in the DNA - Growing up Bushnell" with Alissa, Brent, Tyler, Wyatt and Nolan Bushnell - DetailsHero Stage

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm

3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

"Unconcious Bias" with Celia Hodent, PhD. Game User Experience Consultant, Speaker, Author and moderated by Andrea Rene - Details - Hero Stage

"Design Principles for Gaming Communities on Facebook" with Bre Miller, Lead Designer for Facebook GamingBoss Stage

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm

"The Future of Games & Learning" with Danny Bilson, Chairman USC Interactive Media and Games Division and moderated by Tina Amini, Editor-in-Chief of Games at IGN - Hero Stage

"Crafting Culture, Creating Vision" with Ted Price, CEO of Insomniac Games, moderated by Morgan Webb, Community & Culture at Bonfire Studios - Details - Boss Stage

6:05 pm

Cocktail Reception presented by Tron

"Climate Change Games" with John Krajewski, Founder & CEO of Strange Loop Games, moderated by Eric Gradman, CTO & Mad Man at Two Bit Circus - Details - Hero Stage

1:10 pm - 1:30 pm

2:10 pm - 2:30 pm

"From Refugee to Game Developer" with Lual Mayen, Founder of Junub Games, moderated by Leo Olebe, Global Director of Games Partnerships at Facebook - Details - Boss Stage

"Building a Culture that Lasts" with Rob Pardo, Design & Operations at Bonfire Studios, moderated by Morgan Webb, community and culture at Bonfire Studios - DetailsHero Stage

3:40 pm - 4:10 pm

"Gaming Communities Today, Tomorrow, and 10 Years from Now" with Leo Olebe, Global Director, Games Partnerships at Facebook, Jason Rubin, VP of AR/VR Content & Partnerships at Facebook and moderated by Andrea Rene - Hero Stage

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

10:00 am - 10:20 am

"The Wisdom of Owning Game Studios" with David Haddad, President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and moderated by Mike Vorhaus of Vorhaus Advisors - Details - Boss Stage

"What's Coming Next" with game designer, Chris Taylor, and moderated by Dean Takahashi - Details  - Hero Stage

"Creating a Multi-generational eSports League" with Chris Greeley, Senior Manager of Esports League Operations at Riot Games - Details - Boss Stage

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

"Q&A on the Future of Influencers and Gaming Videos" with Ryan Wyatt, Global Head, Gaming & Virtual Reality at YouTube and moderated by Mike Minotti, Writer & Community Manager for GamesBeat - Details - Hero Stage

12:45 pm - 12:50 pm

Introductory remarks with Andrea Renee & Tommy Tallarico, Co-Emcees - Hero Stage

12:50 pm - 1:10 pm

"Accessible Communities" with Gabi Michel, Senior Hardware Program Manager with Microsoft Devices, moderated by Keisha Howard, Founder of Sugar Gamers - Details - Hero Stage

9:15 am - 9:20 am

Opening remarks with Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat - Boss Stage

Opening remarks with Andrea Rene & Tommy Tallarico - Hero Stage

Lightning Talks continue with Mike Wann, CEO of Mobcrush, Nick Fortugno, Co-Founder of Playmatics, and Dave Durnil, Head of Advanced Gaming & Content at Qualcomm, moderated by Juan Castañeda, CEO & Creative Director at StudioBando - Boss Stage

9:40 am - 10:00 am

"Transforming your Team Based on the Lifecycle of a Product" with Jori Pearsall, SVP, Product & Studio GM at Scopely, moderated by Michael Metzger - Hero Stage

"Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Wrapping up a fan-favorite IP" with Ian Howe, CEO of Skybound Games, moderated by Andrea Rene - Details - Hero Stage

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Lightning Talks with Niko Vuori, CEO of Drivetime, Ned Lerner, CEO of Hearo.Live, and Randy Saaf, Co-Founder & CEO of Lucid Sight, moderated by Patrick Shanley of the Hollywood Reporter - Boss Stage

9:20 am - 9:40 am

"The Future of Augmented Reality" with Ross Finman, Head of AR at Niantic, moderated by Blair Herter - Hero Stage

"The Future of the Blockchain and Crypto Gaming Community" with Brock Pierce, Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, and moderated by Dean Takahashi - Details - Boss Stage

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm

"Jupiter & Mars: Addressing climate change" with Sam Kennedy, CEO of Tigertron, and moderated by Amy Jo Kim - Details - Hero Stage