Mill Valley,  April 9 & 10

GamesBeat Summit 2018

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

12:40 pm - 1:05 pm:

Opening Gathering

1:05 pm - 1:20 pm:

Introductory remarks with Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat

1:20 pm - 1:30 pm:

"Analyst Perspective: The Future of Entertainment" with Joost van Dreunen CEO of Superdata Research - Details

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm:

Fireside Chat: Disrupting the App Stores - with Perrin Kaplan, Principal at Zebra Partners; Brian Fargo, Founder of Interplay & InXile Entertainment - Details

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm:

Fireside Chat: The Future of Technology, as Viewed Through the Prism of Science Fiction & Games - with Eliot Peper, Author/Editor at Scout; John Hanke, CEO of Niantic & creator of Pokemon Go

2:10 pm - 2:30 pm:

"Games as Spectacle: Rise of a New Sport" with Kent Wakeford, Co-Founder of KSV eSports; Dean Takahaski - Details

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm:

Fireside Chat: Game Politics with Jon Radoff, CEO of Disruptor Beam and Colin Campbell, Senior Reporter at Polygon

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm:

Panel: The Leisure Economy with Adam Sessler, Co-Founder of Spiketrap; Jon "Neverdie" Jacobs, CEO of Neverdie Studios; Gio Hunt, EVP & Executive Producer of Platform Technology & Experiences at Blizzard Entertainment; Philip Rosedale, Founder & CEO of High Fidelity; Craig Donato, CBO at Roblox - Details

3:20 pm - 3:45 pm:

"Hollywood and Games 2.0" with Michael Metzger, Partner at Drake Star Partners; Chris Heatherly, Executive VP, Worldwide Games & Digital Platforms at NBCUniversal; Aaron Loeb, President of Studios at FoxNext Games - Details

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm:

Afternoon Break

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm:

Fireside Chat: Competitive Gaming, Then and Now - with Ping Li, General Partner at Accel; Dennis Fong, Co-Founder & CEO of - Details

4:20 pm - 4:40 pm:

Fireside Chat: Games with Ridiculous Computation - with Bill Roper, CCO of Improbable; Steve Peterson, CEO & Founder of StoryPHORCE

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm:

Fireside Chat: The Future of Performance, Games and Hollywood with Andrea Rene, On-Camera Host, Producer & Writer for What's Good Games; Janina Gavankar, Actress on Star Wars Battlefront II - Details

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm:

Fireside Chat: Building Triple-A Studios with Dean Takahashi; Jade Raymond, SVP & General Group Manager at Electronic Arts - Details

5:20 pm - 5:40 pm:

Solo talk: The User Interfaces of the Future: Leading with Space and Gaming with John Underkoffler, CEO of Oblong Industries and science advisor for Minority Report - Details

5:40 pm - 6:00 pm:

"How Experiential Games Have Changed; Pioneering a New Platform" with Rand Miller, Co-Founder of Cyan Worlds; Dean Takahashi

6:00 pm - 6:05 pm:

Closing remarks with Dean Takahashi

6:05 pm - TBD:


Join the thought leaders

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

8:00 am - 9:15 am:

Registration and continental breakfast

9:15 am - 9:20 am:

Opening remarks with Dean Takahashi

9:20 am - 10:00 am:

"Lightning Talks" with Royce Disini, Founder & President of Mobcrush; Mario Valle, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Altered Ventures; Jeonghee Jin, SVP, Global Business Development at Pearl Abyss; Dave Miller, Head, Global Publishing & General Manager at Athlon Games; Mike Schwartz, VP of Sales at Scalefast; Rana Sarkar, Consul General of Canada in San Francisco; Ammar Zaeem, Co-Founder & CEO of Caramel Tech Studios; Colin Campbell, Senior Reporter for Polygon

10:00 am - 10:20 am:

Fireside Chat: Esports: The Dawn of a New Sport - with Peter Levin, President Interactive Ventures, Games & Digital Strategy at Lionsgate; Yvette Martinez-Rea, CEO of ESL North America - Details

10:20 am - 10:50 am:

Panel: Diversity Then and Now: Moving Toward the Future with Tipatat Chenavasin, General Partner, The VR Fund; Rebecca Heineman, CEO, Olde Sküül; Keisha Howard, Founder of Sugar Gamers & The BlazeBreakers, Paula Angela Escuadra, Product Engagement Lead at GlassLab - Details

10:50 am - 11:10 am:

"China's Global Expansion" with Greg Pilarowski, Founder of Pillar Legal PC; Billy Hsu, Co-Founder of SixtyFive02; Michael Zhang, Founder & CEO of Firefly Games

11:10 am - 11:40 am:

Panel: Skating to Where the Puck is Going to Be: The Games VC Forecast for the Next 12 Months with Eric Goldberg, Managing Director at Crossover Technologies; Nabeel Hyatt, General Partner at Spark Capital; Greg Milken, Managing Director at March Capital Partners; Gordon Rubenstein, Managing Partner at Raine Ventures - Details

12:10 pm - 12:55 pm:

Breakout Session 1: What's Next for Monetization? with Steve Peterson, CEO & Founder of StoryPHORCE; Greg Bae, General Manager, Subscriptions & Payments at Twitch, Kevin Hennessy, Director, Digital Content at Worldpay; Natalie Portier, COO of Appodeal; Katie Weinstock, Director, Business Development at AppOnboard - Details

12:10 pm - 12:55 pm:

Breakout Session 2: Creativity for Game Designers with Maarten Noyons, Founder of International Mobile Gaming Awards; Robin Hunicke, Co-Founder of Funomena; Amy Jo Kim, CEO of Shufflebrain; David Reichelt, Founder of Color Switch - Details

12:10 pm - 12:55 pm:

Breakout Session 3: Building Games for the Platforms of Tomorrow with Brian Blau, Research Vice President at Gartner; Leo Olebe, Director, Global Gaming Partnerships at Facebook; Walter Cruttenden, Chairman at Acorns & CEO of Blast; Matt Fairchild, Co-Founder & CEO of Wavedash Games - Details

12:10 pm - 12:55 pm:

Breakout Session 4: Games and Blockchain: Sorting the Hype and Reality with Japheth Dillman, Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Blockbits Capital; Peter Relan, BOD Member at Discord & Got It; Benny Giang, Fortune Cat at CryptoKitties; Nathan Ginnever, Founder of blockEDU and Gabby Dizon, Chairman & Co-Founder of

12:10 pm - 12:55 pm:

Breakout Session 5: Connecting Influencers with Advertisers with Adam Sessler, Co-Founder of Spiketrap; Albert Schwarzmeier, CEO of ad2games; Jiri Kupiainen, Co-Founder & CEO of Matchmade; Sawyer "Sir Dimetrious" Lewis, Youtube Content Creator

12:55 pm - 2:00 pm:


2:00 pm - 2:20 pm:

Fireside Chat: Leading a Transformation- with Mike Vorhaus, President of Magid Advisors; Nick Earl, CEO of Glu Mobile - Details

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm:

Fireside Chat: Making IP Games Work in Mobile - with Michael Blank, Head of Mobile at Creative Artists Agency; Josh Yguado, President & COO of Jam City - Details

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm:

Afternoon Break

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm:

Fireside Chat: How Will We Power the Games of the Future? with Ken Moss, CTO at Electronic Arts; Mike Vorhaus, President of Magid Advisors - Details

3:20 pm - 3:40 pm:

Fireside Chat: All in on the video game industry: Investing in and launching new IPs with Dean Takahashi; Jon Goldman, Venture Partner at Greycroft - Details

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm:

Fireside Chat: Where in the World are the Game Jobs? with Dean Takahashi; James Hursthouse, Board Member at DigiBC - Details

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm:

Fireside Chat: Opportunities and Differences Between Chinese and Western Gaming Markets - with Mike Vorhaus, President of Magid Advisors; Randy Lee, Head of Business Development, North America at Tencent

4:20 pm - 4:25 pm:

Closing remarks with Dean Takahashi

4:25 pm - TBD:

Closing Reception

11:40 am - 12:10 am:

Fireside Chat: Consoles: The past and the future? with Andrew House, Former President & Global CEO at Sony Interactive Entertainment; Mike Vorhaus, President of Magid Advisors - Details