GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse

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Following the success of GamesBeat Summit 2020, VentureBeat is excited to bring the community back for a continued discussion online.

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Theme: Diving deeper into the metaverse

We are diving deeper into the discussions we started at GamesBeat Summit 2020 on the metaverse. This is an event that will draw leading thinkers in the game industry and elsewhere on how and when the metaverse will come. Will it be an accidental thing like the spontaneous community around Animal Crossing, or a deliberate, engineered universe built by companies such as Roblox or Epic Games? The Metaverse seemed like pie-in-the-sky for so many decades, but now, during the pandemic, it feels like we’re nearly there. We’ll explore this topic in a variety of dimensions, from both a gaming and transformative technology perspective.

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Day 2: Into the Metaverse Agenda

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8:20 AM – 8:40 AM PT

Into the metaverse with Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer at GamesBeat at VentureBeat

8:40 AM – 9:00 AM PT

The Stepping Stones to the Oasis with Hironao Kunimitsu, Founder & Chairman at gumi & Founder of Thirdverse; moderated by Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer of GamesBeat at VentureBeat 

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM PT

Ready Player 10 with Dave Baszucki, CEO & Founder at Roblox; moderated by Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer of GamesBeat at VentureBeat 

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM PT

Why We Need an Open Metaverse with Tim Sweeney, CEO & Founder at Epic Games; interviewed by Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer of GamesBeat at VentureBeat 

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10:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT

Blueprints for the Open metaverse with Dean Abramson, Founder & Chief Architect at RP1; Sean Mann, Co-founder & CEO of RP1; Toby Tremayne, CTO at Crucible; moderated by Ryan Gill, Co-founder & CEO at Crucible 

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM PT

Investing in the metaverse with Peter Levin, Managing Director at Griffin Gaming Partners; Sam Englebardt, Managing Partner at Galaxy Interactive; Ian Livingstone CBE, Co-founder & Partner at Hiro Capital; moderated by Eric Goldberg, Managing Director of Crossover Technologies

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM PT

Virtual Beings and the metaverse with Edward Saatchi, Founder at Fable Studio, Akash Nigam, CEO and Co-founder at Genies, moderated by Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer at GamesBeat at VentureBeat 

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM PT

Will VR Unlock the Promise of the metaverse with Jesse Schell, CEO at Schell Games; Cathy Hackl, Futurist, and Author of The Augmented Workforce; moderated by Stephanie Llamas, Head of Research & Strategy, Games and XR at SuperData, a Nielson Company 

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12:00 PM – 12:30 PM PT

Making the metaverse personal with Mike Pondsmith, Founder at R. Talsorian Games and creator of Cyberpunk; moderated by Geoff Keighley, CEO at The Game Awards 

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM PT

Roundtable: Monetizing the metaverse with Steve Peterson,
CEO of StoryPHORCE Entertainment

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM PT

Notes From Our Science Fiction Future with Rony Abovitz of Sun and Thunder; Richard Taylor, Creative Director at Weta Workshop; moderated by Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, Paramount Pictures 

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM PT

Making Friends in the metaverse with Lauren Bigelow, Chief Product Officer at Together Labs; Meaghan Fitzgerald, Head of Experiences, Product Marketing at Facebook Reality Labs; Jessica Freeman Head of Marketing, Minecraft at Microsoft; moderated by Shasta Nelson, Friendship Expert 

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1:30 PM – 2:00 PM PT

Breaking the 4th Wall with Bruce Grove, CEO at Polystream; Elina Arponen, CEO & Founder at Quicksave Interactive; Si Lumb, Futurist; moderated by Wanda Meloni, CEO & Principal Analyst at M2 Insights 

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM PT

Tools of the metaverse with Timoni West, VP, XR Tools at Unity; Dr. Danny Lange, Senior Vice President of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at Unity; moderated by Charlie Fink, XR Consultant, Author, Columnist 

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM PT

The Metaverse & Transmedia Narratives: Rising Opportunities with Jeff Gomez, CEO at Starlight Runner Entertainment; Mark Long, CEO of Neon Media 

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM PT

Blockchain and the metaverse with Arthur Madrid, CEO at The Sandbox; moderated by Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer at GamesBeat at VentureBeat 

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM PT

Town Hall Closing Session with Tim Sweeney Founder & CEO at Epic Games; Hironao Kunimitsu, Founder & Chairman at gumi & Founder of Thirdverse; Jesse Schell, CEO at Schell Games; Mike Pondsmith, Founder of R. Talsorian Games; moderated by Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer at GamesBeat at VentureBeat

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM PT

Reception and Networking

Day 3: Into the Metaverse Agenda

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8:30 AM – 8:45 AM PT

Introduction by Mike Minotti of VentureBeat’s GamesBeat

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM PT

The Future Economy of the Metaverse with John Burris, Chief Strategy Officer at Together Labs

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM PT

The Evolution of Bots and Future Predictions with Alon Dayan, Founder of Unbotify at Adjust; moderated by Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer of VentureBeat’s GamesBeat

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM PT

Metaverse Startups with Frederic Descamps, CEO & Co-founder at Manticore Games; Raph Koster, CEO at Playable Worlds; moderated by Jason Wilson, Managing Editor of VentureBeat’s GamesBeat 

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM PT

5G and the metaverse with Ronan Dunne, CEO at Verizon Consumer Group; John Hanke, Founder, and CEO of Niantic Inc.; moderated by Joost van Dreunen, Author of OneUp 

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM PT

From Storytelling to Storyliving in the metaverse with Vicki Dobbs Beck, Executive in Charge at ILMxLab; Siobhan Reddy, Studio Director at Media Molecule; moderated by Jamil Moledina, CEO at Hexagram 

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM PT

How to Build the Metaverse with John Linden, CEO at Mythical Games; Chris Swan, Publishing Director at Unit 2 Games; Jacob Navok, Co-founder & CEO at Genvid Technologies; moderated by Wanda Meloni, CEO & Principal Analyst at M2 Insights 

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM PT

Diversity & the metaverse with Stanley Pierre-Louis, President & CEO at Entertainment Software Association; moderated by Dean Takahashi, Lead Writer of GamesBeat at VentureBeat

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12:15 PM – 12:45 PM PT

EVE Online: A Metaverse Blueprint with Hilmar Pétursson, CEO at CCP Games; interviewed by Mike Vorhaus, CEO at Vorhaus Advisors 

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM PT

Roundtable: Blockchain and the metaverse with James Zhang of Concept Art House/Fifth Era and Arthur Madrid, CEO at The Sandbox

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM PT

Roundtable: Indies and the metaverse with Kate Edwards, CEO at Geogrify

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM PT

Listen to the metaverse with Philip Rosedale, CEO & Co-founder at High Fidelity; Andy Vaughan, Sr. Developer Relations Manager at Dolby; moderated by Mike Minotti of VentureBeat’s GamesBeat 

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM PT

Enterprise and the metaverse with Richard Kerris, GM Media & Entertainment – Head of Worldwide Developer Relations at NVIDIA; Raffaella Camera, XR Strategist, former Global Head of Innovation & Strategy at Accenture XR; Christoph Fleischmann, CEO at Arthur; moderated by Kyle Wiggers, Staff Writer at VentureBeat 

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM PT

The Ethics of the metaverse with Richard Bartle of University of Essex; moderated by Hendrik Lesser, CEO at Remote Control Productions 

2:15 PM – 2:20 PM PT

Closing Session 

2:20 PM – 3:20 PM PT

Networking

Featured Speakers

Tim Sweeney

Tim Sweeney

CEO
Epic Games


Dave Baszucki

Founder & CEO
Roblox


Hironao Kunimitsu

Founder & Chairman, gumi & Founder, Thirdverse

Jesse Schell

CEO
Schell Games


Philip Rosedale

CEO & Co-founder
High Fidelity

Frederic Descamps

CEO & Co-founder
Manticore Games

Bruce Grove

CEO
Polystream

Edward Saatchi

Edward Saatchi

Founder
Fable Studio

Vicki Dobbs Beck

Vicki Dobbs Beck

Executive in Charge
ILMxLAB

Mike Vorhaus

Mike Vorhaus

CEO
Vorhaus Advisors

Hilmar Pétursson

Hilmar Pétursson

CEO
CCP

Akash Nigam

CEO & Co-founder
Genies

Ronan Dunne

Ronan Dunne

CEO
Verizon Consumer Group

Mike Pondsmith

Founder
R. Talsorian Games

John Burris

Chief Strategy Officer
Together Labs

Toby Tremayne

CTO
Crucible

Lauren Bigelow

CPO
Together Labs

Jamil Moledina

CEO
Hexagram

Ian Livingstone CBE

Co-founder & Partner
Hiro Capital

Jacob Navok

Co-founder & CEO
Genvid Technologies

Mark Long

CEO
Neon Media

Jeff Gomez

CEO
Starlight Runner Entertainment

Dean Abramson

Founder & Chief Architect, RP1

Sean Mann

Co-founder & CEO
RP1

Ryan Gill

Co-founder & CEO
Crucible

Rony Abovitz

Rony Abovitz

Raph Koster

Founder & CEO
Playable Worlds


Hendrik Lesser

CEO
Remote Control Productions

Stanley Pierre-Louis

President & CEO
Entertainment Software Association

John Linden

CEO
Mythical Games


John Hanke

Founder & CEO
Niantic Inc.

Elina Arponen

CEO & Co-founder
Quicksave Interactive

Wanda Meloni

CEO & Principal Analyst
M2 Insights

Arthur Madrid

CEO
Pixowl

Siobhan Reddy

Studio Director
Media Molecule

Alon Dayan

Chief Technical Officer of Unbotify
Adjust

Andy Vaughan

Senior Developer Relations Manager, Dolby

Cathy Hackl

Futurist & Author of The Augmented Workforce

Richard Kerris

Richard Kerris

GM M&E, Head of Worldwide Dev. Relations, NVIDIA

Jessica Freeman

Jessica Freeman

Head of Marketing
Minecraft

Peter Levin

Peter Levin

Managing Director
Griffin Gaming Partners

Eric Goldberg

Eric Goldberg

Managing Director
Crossover Technologies

Shasta Nelson

Shasta Nelson

Friendship Expert & Author of The Business of Friendship

Ted Schilowitz

Ted Schilowitz

Futurist
Paramount Pictures

Joost van Dreunen

Author
OneUp

Chris Swan

Publishing & Live Game Director
Unit 2 Games

Timoni West

Timoni West

VP, XR Tools
Unity

Sam Englebardt

Managing Partner
Galaxy Interactive

David Hoppe

David Hoppe

Managing Partner
Gamma Law

Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor

Creative Director
Weta Workshop

Charlie Fink

XR Consultant, Author, Columnist



Stephanie Llama

Head of Strategy and XR
SuperData

Meaghan Fitzgerald

Head of Product Mrkting, Experiences
Facebook Reality Labs

Raffaella Camera

XR Strategist, former Global Head of Innov. & Strategy, Accenture XR

Dr. Danny Lange

SVP of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Unity

Si Lumb

Futurist