Special thank you to our sponsors: Jam City, Tipalti, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips,
Scuti, and Oorbit! We cannot produce these events without your support.
We would also like to thank our speakers who continue to deliver incredible insights into the
ever-changing games industry. LA Games Conference will be back next year, we hope to see you there!

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 9-11, 2022. Check out our agenda and speakers tabs!

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!

2022 Keynote Speakers Include:

Ashley Crowder

Co-Founder & CEO,
VNTANA

Josh Yguado

President and Co-Founder,
Jam City

Marc Fonzetti

Chief Revenue Officer & Chief Marketing Officer
Scuti

Nonny de la Peña

Founder,
Emblematic Group

Ophir Gertner

Co-Founder & CRO,
Buff Technologies LTD.

Ricardo Flores

Executive Producer, Avakin Life;
Studio Operations, Lockwood Publishing Lisbon

Yat Siu

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman,
Animoca Brands

2022 Speakers Include:

Andrew Chan

Head of Crypto,
Fanatics Collectibles

Andy Swanson

Head of Publisher Relations,
Mod.io

Anya Shapina

Head of Performance,
The Sandbox

Ash Koosha

CEO,
Oorbit

Ashley Crowder

Co-Founder & CEO,
VNTANA

Bao Dong

Strategic Partner Manager,
Google

Bill Young

Head of Games,
Twitch

Chris Akhavan

Chief Business Officer,
Forte

Chris Heatherly

Head of Games and Engagement,
Recur

Chris Younger

President and Principal,
Ayzenberg

David Bloom

Senior Contributor,
Forbes, Next TV

David Stelzer

UE Business Director, Games,
Epic Games

Dmitri Johnson

Founder and CEO,
dj2 Entertainment

Doug Scott

Co-Founder and Chief Managing Director,
Subnation Media

Gordon Bellamy

Visiting Scholar,
University of Southern California

Holly Liu

Partner,
PKO Investments
Co-Founder,
Kabam

Jaci Hays

Chief Corporate Alliance Officer,
FaZe Clan

James Gwertzman

General Partner,
Andreessen Horowitz

Jamil Moledina

CEO,
Hexagram

Jessica Rovello

CEO and Co-Founder,
Arkadium,

Jill Kenney

Co-Founder and CEO,
Paidia Gaming

Jill Wilson

CEO & Founder,
Robin Games

Josh Neuman

President,
MELON: Metaverse Development Studio

Josh Yguado

President and Co-Founder,
Jam City

Julie Shumaker

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

Kyu Lee

President,
GAMEVIL COM2US USA

Laura Naviaux Sturr

Head of Business Operations and Player Experience,
Amazon Games

Leanne Loombe

Head of External Games,
Netflix

Lindsay Murphy

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships,
Scopely

Marc Fonzetti

Chief Revenue Officer & Chief Marketing Officer
Scuti

Marcus Segal

CEO and Co-Founder,
ForeVR

Mark Long

CEO,
NEON

Markus Lipp

CEO,
Kongregate

Matt Edelman

Chief Commercial Officer,
Super League Gaming

Michelle Cooke

Partner and Leader, Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement,
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Mike Lee

Agent, Esports,
UTA

Mike Vorhaus

CEO,
Vorhaus Advisors

Moritz Baier-Lentz

Partner,
BITKRAFT Ventures

Nancy Beaton

Senior Vice President of Strategy,
Together Labs

Ned Sherman

Partner,
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Nonny de la Peña

Founder,
Emblematic Group

Ophir Gertner

Co-Founder & CRO,
Buff Technologies LTD.

Paco Suro

GM Global Partner Payments,
Tipalti

Phil Ranta

CEO,
Wormhole Labs

Renee Gittins

General Manager,
Phoenix Labs

Ricardo Flores

Executive Producer, Avakin Life;
Studio Operations, Lockwood Publishing Lisbon

Russell Binder

President,
Striker Entertainment

Ryan Meyers

Chief Anthrobotanical Engineer,
Flower Girls
Blockchain Developer,
Merlyn Labs

Sabaa Rehmani

GM, Covet Fashion,
EA Mobile

Seth Gerson

CEO,
Survios

Shanti Bergel

Managing Director, Transcend

Shara Senderoff

Founder & Partner,
Raised in Space

Soojeong Song

Gaming Vertical Lead, Google

Taehoon Kim

CEO & Co-Founder,
nWay

Terry Li

SVP of Emerging Business,
Crunchyroll, LLC

Yat Siu

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman,
Animoca Brands

2022 Online Agenda

Day 1: May 9 - Games Business Track

Keynote Conversation with Animoca Brands

Join us with an in-depth conversation with Yat Siu, co-founder and Chairman of Animoca Brands. Yat has been casting a vision for the open metaverse where the content is the platform since 2017 when Animoca was publicly traded on the Australian Stock Exchange. Animoca boldly followed their vision investing in...
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Holly Liu
Yat Siu

The View from the Top: 2022 State of the Industry

The global games market topped $184 billion in 2021 with game revenue coming from a mix of subscription services, downloadable content (DLC) and add-ons, as well as in-app or in-game purchase options for virtual items or game-enhancing experiences. This panel of industry leaders will discuss expectations for the industry in...
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Seth Gerson
David Stelzer
Andy Swanson
Mike Vorhaus
Julie Shumaker

Investing in the Games Ecosystem: Opportunities in this Booming Sector

Investments in the games ecosystem reached $38.5 billion in 2021, an increase of 192% year-over-year. (source: Digital Development Management). This panel of venture capital and corporate investors will discuss the current climate for investing in the games ecosystem. What categories and stages are attracting the most interest? Are valuations too...
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Moritz Baier-Lentz
James Gwertzman
Shara Senderoff
Shanti Bergel
Ned Sherman

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the Games Industry: Focusing on Change

Gamers in the United States are almost evenly split between men (55%) and women (45%) with 73% identifying as White, 9% as Hispanic, 8% as Black, and 6% as Asian (source: Entertainment Software Association), however, just 24% of game developers are women and only 2% identify as black (source: International...
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Leanne Loombe
Renee Gittins
Jessica Rovello
Jill Kenney
Gordon Bellamy

Fireside Chat with Jam City – More than Art: The Future of NFTs in Games and Entertainment

Join Jam City’s Co-Founder and President, Josh Yguado as he discusses the future of blockchain gaming, and the opportunities that NFTs present to make gaming more fun, social and community-driven. Learn more about Jam City’s recently announced blockchain game and NFT project, Champions: Ascension, and more broadly, how the video...
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David Bloom
Josh Yguado
Day 2: May 10 - Blockchain Games

Keynote Conversation with Emblematic Group and VNTANA

Keynote conversation with Nonny de la Peña, Founder of Emblematic Group and  Ashley Crowder, Co-Founder and CEO of VNTANA, interviewed by Mike Vorhaus, CEO of Vorhaus Advisors.
Nonny de la Peña
Ashley Crowder
Mike Vorhaus

The Rise of Blockchain Games: The Next Evolution of Gaming?

According to a January 2022 report, the number of active blockchain games has increased 92% from a year ago (source: DappRadar). Additionally, the number of daily unique wallets interacting with game-related smart contracts surged to 1.3 million, while venture capital firms invested $4 billion to support the development and creation...
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Ryan Meyers
Chris Akhavan
Markus Lipp
Anya Shapina
Mark Long
Kyu Lee

NFTs and Games: Fad or Opportunity?

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) shot into the public eye last year, in part, due to the enormous success of NBA Top Shot, a blockchain-based trading card system that generated hundreds of millions in gross sales (source: The Information). While musicians, sports teams, artists and brands have moved fast to capitalize on...
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Nancy Beaton
Andrew Chan
Taehoon Kim
Chris Heatherly
Phil Ranta

Into the Metaverse: Challenges & Opportunities in this Booming Market

Everybody is talking about the metaverse these days – the next big technology platform, which is attracting game developers, consumer brands, social networks and other technology leaders hoping to capture a piece of what is projected to be a $800 billion market by 2024. This panel of experts will discuss...
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Ash Koosha
Marcus Segal
Josh Neuman
Michelle Cooke
Bill Young
Jamil Moledina
Day 3: May 11 - Esports & Mobile Gaming

Featured Presentation with Scuti – How Brand Fueled Rewards Will Drive the Games Ecosystem

Player Retention and Conversion are the biggest challenges for every game maker, with many game makers unable to cover their user acquisition costs.  Many conversion solutions work against the goal of retention and others break the play immersion or even eject players from their game experience. Scuti has created a unique brand-fueled rewards marketplace which...
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Ricardo Flores
Ophir Gertner
Marc Fonzetti
Nicholas Longano

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

The mobile games market topped $93 billion in revenue in 2021, representing 52% of the global games market, while the number of active smartphones globally reached 4.6 billion (source: Newzoo). Nearly every metric is up — in-app purchases, engagement, conversion rates and ad demand – and it’s translating into revenue....
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Bao Dong
Sabaa Rehmani
Jill Wilson
Terry Li
Soojeong Song
Chris Younger

Hollywood & Games: Storytelling & Franchise Building

As a global business with revenue of over $184 million in 2021, the games market is bigger than the music, film (box office) and publishing businesses combined. It is no wonder then that major movie studios, television networks and gaming studios are increasingly working together to focus on storytelling across...
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Lindsay Murphy
Dmitri Johnson
Laura Naviaux Sturr
Russell Binder
David Bloom

The Intersection of Esports + Gaming Culture + Lifestyle Content

Games and esports content and culture continued to grow in popularity in 2021, with live streaming of games content reaching a global audience of 747 million, an increase of 11.7% year-over-year (source: Newzoo). The panel will discuss the esports orgs, brands, content creators, competitive gamers, streamers and influencers and the...
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Paco Suro
Mike Lee
Jaci Hays
Matt Edelman
Doug Scott

2022 Sponsors and Media Partners Include: