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WHAT IS LA GAMES CONFERENCE?

LA Games Conference Online is a high-end favorite among game, media, and investment leaders for the high energy, focused environment for networking, meetings, and deal-making.  This 3 day online conference is part of a new complementary series to Digital Media Wire’s live events - a new venture in serving our community and sharing ideas.

LA GAMES CONFERENCE DATES

LA Games Conference Online will be presented May 10-12, 2021. Registration for this online conference is open!  We look forward to having you. 

CONFERENCE FORMAT

LA Games Conference Online features 3 tracks over 3 days - with fireside chats, roundtables, panels, and presentations on digital game investment, creation, distribution, marketing, and monetization. Stay tuned for speaker announcements!

Keynote and Featured Speakers Include:

Angela Roseboro

Chief Diversity Officer,
Riot Games

Ben Feder

President, International Partnerships (North America), Tencent Games

Bernard Kim

President of Publishing,
Zynga

Chris DeWolfe

CEO and Co-Founder,
Jam City

Jaci Hays

Chief Operations Officer,
FaZe Clan

Jeonghee Jin

CEO,
Pearl Abyss America

Maxim de Wit

Global Head of Content,
Unity Technologies

Samantha Ryan

Senior Vice President, Group GM, BioWare, Full Circle, Maxis, Motive,
Electronic Arts

Saxs Persson

Co-Chief Creative Officer, Mojang Studios,
Minecraft

Simon Sim

President and CEO,
Netmarble US

Stanley Pierre-Louis

President and CEO,
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)

Ted Schilowitz

Futurist,
Paramount Pictures

2021 Speakers Include:

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements!

Adam Arrigo

CEO and Co-Founder,
Wave

Alex Kamins

SVP, New Business & Ventures,
Warner Music Group

Andreea Enache

Head of Global Development and Strategy,
Blind Squirrel Entertainment

Andrew Wallenstein

President and Chief Media Analyst,
Variety Intelligence Platform

Andy Swanson

Head of Publisher Relations,
Mod.io

Angela Roseboro

Chief Diversity Officer,
Riot Games

Ben Feder

President, International Partnerships (North America), Tencent Games

Bernard Kim

President of Publishing,
Zynga

Bjorn Book-Larsson

VP Product + Avatars,
Roblox

Brandon Cubillas

Head of Industry for App Gaming,
Google

Cathy Hackl

Futurist & Founder of the Futures Intelligence Group, Future Metaverse Labs,
VP at Avatar Dimension

Caty Tedman

Head Of Marketing and Partnerships,
Dapper Labs

Chelsea Blasko

Co-CEO,
Iron Galaxy Studios

Chris DeWolfe

CEO and Co-Founder,
Jam City

Chris Heatherly

Former EVP Games and Digital Platforms,
NBCUniversal

Chris Hewish

President,
Xsolla

Chris Younger

President and Principal,
Ayzenberg

Damon Lau

Head of Esports,
United Talent Agency

Dan Murray

Co-CEO,
Skybound Games

David Bloom

Consultant and Columnist,
Forbes, Tubefilter

David Gardner

General Partner and Co-Founder,
London Venture Partners

David Pakman

Partner,
Venrock

Delilah Panio

VP, US Capital Formation,
Toronto Stock Exchange

Doug Scott

Co-Founder and Chief Managing Director,
Subnation Media

Francisca Phillips

Head of Global Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging,
Jam City

Frédéric Chesnais

CEO,
Atari Blockchain

Gabrielle Heyman

Head of Global Ad Sales,
Zynga

Gordon Bellamy

Visiting Scholar,
University of Southern California

Itamar Benedy

Co-founder & CEO,
Anzu.io

Jaci Hays

Chief Operations Officer,
FaZe Clan

Jamil Moledina

CEO,
Hexagram

Jeonghee Jin

CEO,
Pearl Abyss America

Jesse Janosov

GM Xbox Community,
Microsoft

Jim Gatto

Partner,
Sheppard Mullin

John Linden

CEO,
Mythical Games

Jonathan Flesher

Head of Business Development,
Discord

Julie Shumaker

Senior Vice President of Revenue, Unity Operate Solutions,
Unity Technologies

Keith Pape

CEO,
YellowPike Media

Kevin Zhang

Partner,
Upfront Ventures

Kyu Lee

President,
GAMEVIL COM2US USA

Liz Waldeck Pinckert

VP, Business Development Supply North America and Europe,
AdColony

Luke Alvarez

Managing Partner,
Hiro Capital

Margaret Wallace

Director, Business Development,
Tilting Point

Matt Edelman

Chief Commercial Officer,
Super League Gaming

Maxim de Wit

Global Head of Content,
Unity Technologies

Mike Vorhaus

CEO,
Vorhaus Advisors

Moritz Baier-Lentz

Partner,
BITKRAFT Ventures

Ned Sherman

Partner,
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Nika Nour

Executive Director,
IGDA Foundation

Phil Ranta

CEO,
Wormhole Labs

Sam Englebardt

Managing Partner,
Galaxy Interactive

Samantha Ryan

Senior Vice President, Group GM, BioWare, Full Circle, Maxis, Motive,
Electronic Arts

Saxs Persson

Co-Chief Creative Officer, Mojang Studios,
Minecraft

Simon Sim

President and CEO,
Netmarble US

Stanley Pierre-Louis

President and CEO,
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)

Susanna Pollack

President,
Games for Change

Ted Schilowitz

Futurist,
Paramount Pictures

TQ Jefferson

Chief Product Officer,
Survios

Trent Knox

Founder & CEO,
Esports Business Network

Trevor Doerksen

CEO,
ePlay Digital

Uri Marchand

Co-Founder and CEO,
Overwolf

2021 Online Agenda

May 10 - Games Business

Welcome to Tomorrow, Today

Join Ted Schilowitz, Futurist at Paramount Pictures and Doug Scott, Co-Founder, Subnation for a conversation about the Metaverse, avatars, digital collectibles and NFT’s, blockchain-based games, and other building blocks of the new digital gaming ecosystem. Moderated by David Bloom, analyst, and writer at Forbes, Tubefilter, and TVREV. Featuring: Ted Schilowitz,...
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Ted Schilowitz
Doug Scott
David Bloom

The View from the Top: 2021 State of the Industry

With stay at home orders in place during most of 2020, global gaming sales rose nearly 20% to approximately $180 billion in 2020 (source: IDC), and most experts expect growth to continue in 2021 and beyond. This panel of industry leaders will discuss the current state of the games industry...
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Jesse Janosov
Stanley Pierre-Louis
Chris Hewish
John Linden
Dan Murray
Julie Shumaker

Investing in the Games Ecosystem: How to Navigate Opportunities in this Booming Sector

Investments, M&A and IPOs in the games industry reached a total value of $33.6 billion in 2020, with venture capital and corporate investments accounting for $5.9 billion across 363 deals (source: InvestGame). This panel of venture capital and corporate investors will discuss the current climate for investing in the games...
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Luke Alvarez
David Gardner
Moritz Baier-Lentz
Kevin Zhang
Delilah Panio
Ned Sherman

Diversity and Inclusion in the Games Industry: What Needs to Happen

Gamers in the United States are almost evenly split between men (54%) and women (46%) (source: Entertainment Software Association), however, just 24% of game developers are women and only 2% identify as black (source: International Game Developers Association). Further, in-game toxicity and harassment related to sexual orientation, race, or ethnicity...
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Chelsea Blasko
Angela Roseboro
Francisca Phillips
Susanna Pollack
Nika Nour
Gordon Bellamy

Fireside Chat with Electronic Arts’ Samantha Ryan

Over the years, Samantha Ryan has been at the helm of several successful game franchises that have earned legions of invested fans across the globe, including one of the most popular gaming franchises of all time in The Sims.  Game development is a unique blend of entertainment and technology. This...
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Samantha Ryan
Margaret Wallace
May 11 - Hollywood and Creators

Building the Metaverse One ________ At A Time

While Neal Stephenson’s sci-fi classic Snow Crash may have popularized the term “metaverse” in 1992, today some of the brightest minds in the tech and games industries are bringing the concept to life in new ways as they focus on developing massive virtual worlds and experiences where users can have...
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Saxs Persson
Uri Marchand
Sam Englebardt
Bjorn Book-Larsson
Andy Swanson

Keynote Conversation with Jam City

Keynote Conversation with Chris DeWolfe, CEO and Co-Founder, Jam City, interviewed by Andrew Wallenstein, President and Chief Media Analyst of Variety Intelligence Platform
Chris DeWolfe
Andrew Wallenstein

The Rise of NFTs: Gaming Brings Blockchain Mainstream

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) shot into the public eye earlier this year, in part, due to the enormous success of NBA Top Shot, a blockchain-based trading card system that has generated over $230 in gross sales. Musicians, artists and brands have moved fast to capitalize on what is perceived as a...
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Caty Tedman
Frédéric Chesnais
David Pakman
Jim Gatto
Phil Ranta

Creating Blockbusters: The Role of Games & Interactivity in Developing Entertainment Franchises

Major movie studios, television networks and gaming studios have increasingly embraced the notion of storytelling across mediums with a focus on building long-lasting entertainment franchises that engage audiences through the artful and well-planned use of multiple-media platforms. The panel will discuss the important role that games and interactive entertainment are...
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Trevor Doerksen
Andreea Enache
TQ Jefferson
Jamil Moledina
Chris Heatherly

Fireside Chat with Warner Music Group and Wave

Virtual fan engagement has become a key area of focus and growth for the music industry through on-platform events such as virtual concerts. Alex and Adam will discuss their companies’ groundbreaking partnership, the future of music in the metaverse, new monetization models, and direct-to-fan engagement through avatars. Featuring Adam Arrigo,...
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Adam Arrigo
Alex Kamins
May 12 - Mobile and Esports

Keynote Conversation with Zynga

Featuring Bernard Kim, President of Publishing, Zynga, moderated by Mike Vorhaus, CEO, Vorhaus Advisors
Bernard Kim
Mike Vorhaus

The Growth of Mobile Games: What’s Next in Creativity & Innovation?

Mobile gaming saw a huge increase in popularity during 2020’s lockdowns. Nearly every metric is up — in-app purchases, engagement, conversion rates and ad demand – and it’s translating into revenue. However, creativity and innovation is needed for growth to sustain for the long-term. How will mobile games developers and...
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Brandon Cubillas
Gabrielle Heyman
Liz Waldeck Pinckert
Itamar Benedy
Kyu Lee
Chris Younger

Asia – The Mecca of Gaming

We will talk with experts from some of the leading Asian gaming companies about the growth of gaming in Asia, the success of Asian companies in the West, and the future for Asian and Western gaming – both in their own markets and in the worldwide markets. Panelists: Ben Feder,...
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Maxim de Wit
Simon Sim
Jeonghee Jin
Ben Feder
Mike Vorhaus

The Intersection of Esports + Gaming Culture + Lifestyle Content

The panel will discuss esports teams, games-focused brands, competitive gamers, streamers and influencers and the rapidly growing market for esports and gaming culture and lifestyle content. What content strategies are working? Which platforms are driving the most engagement? What is the expected esports monetization mix from in-person, digital, and hybrid...
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Trent Knox
Jaci Hays
Jonathan Flesher
Matt Edelman
Damon Lau
Keith Pape

2021 Sponsors and Media Partners Include: