Sep 15 - 16, 2014
Parc 55 Wyndham, San Francisco, CA

GamesBeat 2014 is VentureBeat’s sixth annual event on disruption in the video game market. The event gathers top execs, investors, analysts, and entrepreneurs from the hottest companies to explore the gaming industry’s latest trends and newest monetization opportunities.

This year’s theme is “Total World Domination.” Gaming is competing on the world stage to become the dominant medium for entertainment. Will it succeed? And will the game business be dominated by blockbusters across all platforms — consoles, PCs, mobile, and online — or will diversity thrive as indies stay strong?

We’ll explore these ideas and more at our must-attend, very efficient two-day event with the movers and shakers of gaming.

Speakers

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

EA

Mike Frazzini

Mike Frazzini

Amazon

Rick Thompson

Rick Thompson

Signia Venture Partners

Chris DeWolfe

Chris DeWolfe

SGN

Michael (Mike) D. Gallagher

Michael (Mike) D. Gallagher

Entertainment Software Association

Tim Chang

Tim Chang

Mayfield Fund

John Riccitiello

John Riccitiello

Syntertainment

Mitch Lasky

Mitch Lasky

Benchmark

Owen Mahoney

Owen Mahoney

Nexon

Chris Petrovic

Chris Petrovic

Kabam

Jeff Lyndon

Jeff Lyndon

iDreamsky

Bob Meese

Bob Meese

Google

Phil Sanderson

Phil Sanderson

IDG Ventures

Lucy Bradshaw

Lucy Bradshaw

Electronic Arts

Clive Downie

Clive Downie

Zynga

Peter Levin

Peter Levin

Lionsgate

Rachel Franklin

Rachel Franklin

Electronic Arts

Kym Nelson

Kym Nelson

Twitch

Peter Molyneux

Peter Molyneux

22Cans

Will Harbin

Will Harbin

Kixeye

Simon Khalaf

Simon Khalaf

Flurry

Evan Hirsch

Evan Hirsch

Engine Co.

Michael Chang

Michael Chang

Mavent Partners

David Helgason

David Helgason

Unity

Michael Pachter

Michael Pachter

Wedbush

Jens Begemann

Jens Begemann

Wooga

Eric Goldberg

Eric Goldberg

Crossover Technologies

Malathi Nayak

Malathi Nayak

Thomson Reuters

Ian Sherr

Ian Sherr

CNET News

Alina Soltys

Alina Soltys

Corum Group

James Iliff

James Iliff

Survios

Steve Wadsworth

Steve Wadsworth

Tapjoy

Dan Connors

Dan Connors

Telltale Games

Doug Creutz

Doug Creutz

Cowen & Company

Pankaj Bengani

Pankaj Bengani

InMobi

Ash Kumar

Ash Kumar

TapSense

Martin Rae

Martin Rae

Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences

Dean Takahashi

Dean Takahashi

VentureBeat

Dan "Shoe" Hsu

Dan "Shoe" Hsu

VentureBeat

Mike Vorhaus

Mike Vorhaus

Magid Advisors

Kristian Segerstrale

Kristian Segerstrale

Super Evil Megacorp

Geoff Keighley

Geoff Keighley

SpikeTV

William O'Neal

William O'Neal

TechRadar.com at Future Publishing

Jeff Grubb

Jeff Grubb

GamesBeat

Joseph Olin

Joseph Olin

IT’s A SECRET, LLC

Oliver Miao

Oliver Miao

Pixelberry Studios

James Zhang

James Zhang

Spellgun

Janis Zech

Janis Zech

Fyber

Roy Liu

Roy Liu

Forgame US

Tal Blevins

Tal Blevins

IGN Entertainment

Mikihiro Yasuda

Mikihiro Yasuda

DeNA

Andy Zhong

Andy Zhong

FunPlus

Melissa Blau

Melissa Blau

iGaming Capital

Kyu Lee

Kyu Lee

Gamevil USA

Jeff Hilbert

Jeff Hilbert

DDM

Rob Weber

Rob Weber

NativeX

Anatoly Ropotov

Anatoly Ropotov

Game Insight

Beth Kindig

Beth Kindig

Vserv.mobi

Jay H. Eum

Jay H. Eum

TransLink Capital

Aditya Rathnam

Aditya Rathnam

Kamcord

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Agenda

Innovation Showdown

Now in it’s sixth year, the GamesBeat “Who’s Got Game” Innovation Showdown is back! We’re looking for companies – from young startups to more established players – with the freshest ideas and most disruptive technologies in gaming.

This year your opportunity to showcase your product/service in front of 600+ business and gaming execs, leaders, venture capitalists, investors, and press.

Finalists will have five minutes to showcase their innovative gaming technologies live at GamesBeat. Our team of judges – made up of gaming industry experts and venture capitalists will provide feedback on the products/services presented and determine the winner based on the following criteria: freshness, innovation, and potential for business success.

The Showdown winners will be announced onstage at GamesBeat and will receive GamesBeat/VentureBeat coverage, introductions to investors and/or relevant potential customers in our network, and other prizes to be announced.

The application deadline is Monday, September 1st at 11:59 PST.

Submit an application here. 

GB University

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GamesBeat University is a parallel track during this years GamesBeat event perfect for game industry professionals to learn the recipes for success in a series of short hands-on talks. Executives from the top studios and companies will unveil tips and tricks that can help games developers build successful games and businesses. Find the full agenda for GamesBeat University here.

While the main track covers high-level, strategic discussions, GamesBeat University presentations are meant to be actionable and useful stories for game developers and entrepreneurs, and will showcase concrete solutions to common challenges.Topics may cover all aspects of making games successful, including but not limited to:

  • Porting games to mobile
  • Analytics strategies and implementation
  • Player segmentation
  • Leverage HTML5
  • Critical sources for marketing intelligence
  • User acquisition, word of mouth
  • Monetization approaches
  • Mechanics of charts and app stores rankings
  • Internationalization strategies
  • Raising funds
  • Re-engaging players
  • Building a successful franchise

One of our identified speakers is Michael Ehrenberg, consultant and former marketing manager at Apple. He will talk about what it takes to get noticed by Apple and how to position your game so it can be considered for being featured in the App Store — a critical step in helping your game stand out among the million-plus apps already in the market. Ehrenberg will offer tips based on his own experiences  pitching Apple and later working on the inside.

If you are interested in speaking, please submit an application here. We recommend applying early as we book speakers on an on-going basis. The deadline is Friday, August 29th.

The Nest

Enter the GamesBeat Nest, a brand new space at GamesBeat that spotlights a select number of emerging companies that are truly disrupting gaming.

Companies in the the Nest get:

  • a space to demo and mingle with 600+ business and gaming execs, other leaders & venture capitalists, investors, and press
  • a chance to compete on the main GamesBeat stage in the Who’s Got Game Innovation Showdown (Throughout the first day and a half, attendees will vote on their favorite Nest company, and the winner will be invited to compete in the Showdown at the end of day 2)
  • a custom onsite video interview to run on VentureBeat.com
  • on-site signage and branding on the event website

Criteria:

  • companies must be under 10M in funding
  • companies must have a product/service that is in the market
  • companies must be approved by the GamesBeat content team

Interested? We’ve got a very limited number of spaces available at a steeply discounted sponsorship rate. Email sponsors@venturebeat.com for full information.

Venue

Parc 55 Wyndham
55 Cyril Magnin St., San Francisco, CA 94102

We have secured a discounted room rate of $219/per night for GamesBeat attendees at the Cartwright Hotel. To make a reservation, please call (415) 421-2865 and reference GamesBeat or VentureBeat. The deadline to book is August 14th. We also have a discounted room rate of $399/per night at the Parc 55. The cut off date for making reservations is approaching: August 13th. Reservations can be made by calling 888-228-1952 and asking for the GamesBeat 2014 Room Block.

Valet parking is $10.00 for the first hour and $8.00 for each additional hour thereafter. Parking garages around the area include, Fifth and Mission Garage, Downtown Center Garage, California Parking Garage and Ellis/O'Farrell Parking Garage.

From SFO: Follow 101 North and merge onto Interstate 80. Take the Seventh Street exit. Merge right to Bryant Street. Turn left on Fifth Street. Cross Market Street. Fifth Street becomes Cyril Magnin. The Wyndham Parc 55 Union Square Hotel's carriage entrance is on the left side of Cyril Magnin.

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Contact

For general event information, please contact events@venturebeat.com and reference “GamesBeat”

For sponsorship information, please contact sponsors@venturebeat.com and reference “GamesBeat”

If you are interested in volunteering, please email volunteer@venturebeat.com and reference “GamesBeat”

To apply to speak at GamesBeat, please fill out the form here.

Sep 15 - 16, 2014
Parc 55 Wyndham, San Francisco, CA