*Speakers and times are subject to change

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...
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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...
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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...
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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%...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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’...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Trent Knox
Jaci Hays
Jonathan Flesher
Matt Edelman
Damon Lau
Keith Pape