GamesBeat Summit 2021

Digital Only: April 28 – 29, 2021

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A two-day digital event experience

GamesBeat Summit is the most intimate gaming event in the industry. Senior-level attendees return again and again knowing they’ll engage in genuine conversations, networking, and deal-making that come out of the Summit every year.

Bringing together industry leaders for the 12th annual executive summit, the GamesBeat team aims to support content surrounding inclusion, mental health, next-gen updates, and major industry changes post-IDFA.

2021 theme: Growing the next generation

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Major Industry Changes
Mobile gaming’s future post-IDFA
Ad targeting
Family play
Cross-platform gaming

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Next-Gen Gaming
Gaming’s latest consoles
The future of PC gaming
Virtual reality’s future
Blockchain and NFTs

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Inclusion & Mental Health
Mental health awareness
Mental health for developers
Mental health for gamers

GamesBeat 2021 Speakers

Phil Spencer

Head of Xbox
Microsoft

Bobby Kotick

Bobby Kotick

CEO
Activision Blizzard

Hailey Gross

Halley Gross

Co-Writer
Last of Us Part II

Laura Miele

Chief Studios Officer
Electronic Arts

Chris DeWolfe

CEO
Jam City

Congresswoman
Yvette D. Clarke

Rep. 9th District of NY
US House of Representatives

Jens Hilgers

Founder
Bitkraft Ventures

Chelsea Blasko

Co-CEO
Iron Galaxy Studios

Keisha Howard

Keisha Howard

Founder
Sugar Gamers

Robert Antokol

CEO
Playtika

Adam Boyes

Co-CEO
Iron Galaxy Studios

Brenda Romero

CEO and Co-founder
Romero Games

Nour Polloni

Studio Head
Beenox

Caroline Stokes

Founder
Forward

Geoff Keighley

Geoff Keighley

Founder
The Gaming Awards

Itamar Benedy

Co-founder & CEO
Anzu

Michael Vorhaus

CEO
Vorhaus Advisors

Ed Fries

Founding Vice President
Microsoft Games

Steve Peterson

CEO
StoryPHORCE

Aaron Loeb

Chief Business Officer
Scopely

Noah Falstein

President
The Inspiracy

Susanna Pollack

President
Games for Change

Wanda Meloni

CEO and Principal Analyst
M2 Insights


N’Gai Croal

Founder / Consultant
Hit Detection

Anthony Crouts

Senior Director of Marketing
Tencent Games North America

Katie Jansen

Chief Marketing Officer
AppLovin

Ronnie Nelis

Ronnie Nelis

CEO of Lion Castle BV, Founder of Team6 Game Studios BV


Vladimir Mastilović

Founder and GM of 3Lateral, & VP, Digital Humans Technology
Epic Games

Stanely Pierre-Louis

President & CEO
Entertainment Software Association

Simon Zhu

Head of Strategy, Investment, Globalization & Key Partnership
NetEase Games

Ryan Mullins

CEO and Creative Director
Aglet

Brad Hart

Chief Technology Officer of VCS
Perforce

Lydia Bottegoni

EVP, Story & Franchise Dev.
Blizzard

Tim O’Brien

Chief Revenue Officer
Scopely

Katie Madding

Chief Product Officer
Adjust

Jen Oneal

EVP of Development
Blizzard

Mark Chandler

Mark Chandler

Founder
The International Games Summit for Mental Health Awareness

Laila Shabir

Co-founder & CEO
Girls Make Games

Mark James

CTO
Striking Distance Studios

Amir Rahimi

President, Games
Scopely

Karthik Bala

CEO
Velan Studios

Nick Tuosto

M&A Adviser
LionTree

Gabrielle Heyman

Gabrielle Heyman

Head of Global Ad Sales
Zynga

Frank Azor

Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions
AMD

Alina Soltys

Founder/Partner
Quantum Tech Partners

Victor Lazarte

Co-founder & CEO
Wildlife Studios

Chris Hewish

President
Xsolla

Ken Martin

Co-founder & CEO
GreenPark

James Zhang

CEO
Concept Art House

Dr. Kimberly Voll

Co-founder
Fair Play Alliance

Jon Radoff

CEO
Beamable

Gabby Dizon

Co-founder
Yield Guild Games

Eunice Lee

SVP, Call of Duty Development
Activision

R. Boccamazzo

Clinical Director
Take This

Michael Metzger

Partner
Drake Star Partners

Matt Casamassina

CEO
Rogue Games

Lisa Cosmas Hanson

President
Niko Partners

Cierra McDonald

Principal Program Manager
Microsoft

Kahlief Adams

Owner/Host
The Spawn On Me Podcast

Keza MacDonald

Video Games Editor
The Guardian

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Managing Director, Digital Play
LEGO Ventures

Andrew Sheppard

Managing Director
Transcend Fund

Dan Melville

Ambassador
Open Bionics

Sushama Prasad

Sushama
Chakraverty

Technical Director, Game
Prodigy Education

Andrea Rene

Andrea Rene

Co-founder, Executive Producer
What’s Good Games

Kelli Dunlap

Adjunct Professor of Game Design
American University

Brennan Spiegel

Director of Health Services Research
Cedars-Sinai

Eve Crevoshay

Executive Director
Take This

Eric Goldberg

Managing Director
Crossover Technologies

Lauren Higgins

Laura Higgins

Director of Community Safety & Digital Civility
Roblox

Paul Doyle

Director of Product Management for Unreal Engine
Epic Games

Seth Schuler

Seth Schuler

Managing Director – Software & Platforms Strategy
Accenture

Timothy
Guhl

Head of Sales for Western US
Singtel

Agnes Kim

Senior Strategic Partner Manager, Content Partnership
Microsoft

Esteban Lora

Director, External Technology and Suppliers
Microsoft

Christian Kelly

Christian Kelly

Managing Director
Accenture Strategy


Karsten Lund

Director
Light Brick Studio

Shawn Layden

Former Chairman of PlayStation Worldwide Studios

Zombaekillz

Founder
Radically Kind Gamers

Samir El Agili

Co-CEO and President
Tilting Point

Ante Odić

Senior VP of Product
Outfit7

Mike Minotti

Reviews Editor
GamesBeat

Cathy Hackl

Futurist/Founder
Futures Intelligence Group

Michael Pachter

Managing Director, Equity Research
Wedbush Securities

Eric Seufert

Analyst and Strategy Consultant
Mobile Dev Memo

Samantha Ryan

SVP, Group GM
Electronic Arts

Marty O’Donnell

Owner/Audio Director
Highwire Games

Joost van Dreunen

Author
“One Up”

Bard Hart

Chief Technology Officer of VCS
Perforce

Emily Greer

Founder & CEO
Double Loop Games

Lars Wingefors

Founder & Group CEO
Embracer Group

Robyn St. Germain

Executive Director of Sales and Global Partnerships
Houston Outlaws

Daniel Evans

CEO
Reely

Hemal Thaker

VP & Global Head of Gaming and eSports
Goldman Sachs

Jason Docton

Founder
Rise Above The Disorder

Perry Nightingale

Head of Creative
WPP

Tammy McDonald

CEO
Axis Game Factory/Heavy H2O

Faith Price

Head of Paid User Acquisition 
Double Down Interactive

Ian Fitzpatrick

Global Director, Brand Strategy and Operations
New Balance

Stu Grubbs

CEO & Co-founder
Lightstream

GamesBeat Summit 2021 Agenda

Check out the full line-up of keynote sessions, panels, roundtables, and more.

Digital VIP Experiences

Women in Games Digital Breakfast

Women have made incredible roads in gaming, but there is still a lot of ground to cover and battles to be won. The GamesBeat Summit event is placing special emphasis on diversity, hosting a follow-up Women in Games Breakfast.


Diversity & Inclusion In Games

GamesBeat Summit 2021 is excited to bring more diverse groups to the gaming conversation. This event will be a digital meet-and-greet for this diverse audience.


Virtual Roundtables

Following the success of Virtual Roundtables at GamesBeat Summit 2020, VentureBeat is excited to bring executive-level networking and curated leads generation to this year’s GamesBeat Summit 2021.


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GamesBeat Summit 2021 Sponsors

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GamesBeat Summit 2021 Partners

Advisory Board

David Hoppe, Gamma Law
Kat Jones, Motiv PR
Mike Vorhaus, Vorhaus Advisors
Don Daglow, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Foundation
Peter Levin, Griffin Gaming Partners
Jim Ying, CVCapital
Sibel Sunar, Fortyseven
Perrin Kaplan, Zebra Partners
James Zhang, Concept Art House
Lisa Cosmas Hanson, Niko Partners
Michael Chang, NCSoft
Ivan Fernandez Lobo, GameLab
Hendrik Lesser, Remote Control Productions
Eric Goldberg, Crossover Technologies

Brandon Sheffield, Necrosoft Games
Lauren OBrien, VentureBeat
Megan Piedal, VentureBeat
Alex Olshonsky, VentureBeat
Divya Erram, Niantic
Sam Englebardt, Galaxy Interactive
Christina Yku, Advisor
Christopher Hermanowicz, NTT DOCOMO Ventures
Zsuzsa James, Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles
Elizabeth Olsen, Advisor
Michael Metzger, Drake Star Partners
Joe Minton, Digital Development Management
Kris Soumas, Verizon
Justin Berenbaum, Xsolla