GamesBeat Summit Subsequent: Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, Niantic’s John Hanke, Xbox’s Sarah Bond



Be a part of gaming leaders on-line at GamesBeat Summit Subsequent this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next. 

Typically you want folks to encourage you to better heights and to consider that some wonderful expertise is simply across the nook. That’s what we’ll have a good time with our inspiring talks at our GamesBeat Summit Next occasion. And typically you want somebody to be brutally sincere and throw some chilly water on loopy concepts which might be overhyped and scammy.

I believe we’ll be listening to each of these messages at our occasion (you possibly can sign up here) on November 9-10 with a number of the most fascinating pioneers of the gaming business. Because the phrase “subsequent” implies, that is in regards to the concepts on the sting of the business that would broaden video games behind its pure borders as the expansion from the pandemic comes right down to earth. I’m completely happy to announce some wonderful audio system, however I’ll go away to you to determine who will encourage you or slap you within the face with actuality.

Tim Sweeney is the outspoken CEO of Epic Games.

Above: Tim Sweeney is the outspoken CEO of Epic Video games.

Picture Credit score: Epic Video games

Our latest audio system embody Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive. A accomplice in ZelnickMedia since 2001, grew to become chairman of Take-Two in March 2007 and CEO in January 2011. With studios and labels resembling 2K, Rockstar Video games, Hangar 13, and extra, Take-Two has amassed a number of the most wonderful properties in video video games. They embody Grand Theft Auto V, Pink Lifeless Redemption 2, Mafia, Civilization, and 2K NBA. Zelnick has to supervise studios that make powerful calls about funding triple-A titles for so long as seven years. And he has to determine whether or not to embrace new applied sciences or let another person go first into the good unknown. Once more, I’ll allow you to guess whether or not he’ll throw chilly water on nonfungible tokens (NFTs) in video games.

Sarah Bond is corporate vice president at Microsoft Xbox.

Above: Sarah Bond is company vice chairman at Microsoft Xbox.

Picture Credit score: Microsoft

To not worry. We’ll even have the advocates of blockchain gaming resembling Yat Siu of Animoca Manufacturers (which raised $138 million at a $1 billion valuation), John Linden of Legendary Video games (which raised $75 million), Jeff Zirlin of Sky Mavis (which raised $153 million at a virtually $3 billion valuation) and James Zhang of Idea Artwork Home.


Three prime funding professionals open up about what it takes to get your online game funded.

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Whether or not you prefer one model of the longer term or simply the established order, we promise that you just’ll have thought management and clever dialogue in a really environment friendly method at GamesBeat Summit Subsequent. I’m additionally completely happy to report that greater than half of the 69 audio system we’ve got to date come from various backgrounds.

GamesBeat Summit Subsequent: Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, Niantic’s John Hanke, Xbox’s Sarah Bond

Above: John Hanke is CEO and founding father of Niantic.

Picture Credit score: Niantic

We’ll actually have a debate about between former LucasArts exec Brooks Brown and NFT advocate David Kim of, which helps sport corporations launch initiatives on the Wax blockchain protocol, and Mitch Zamara of Million on Mars. That panel will focus on whether or not mainstream players will come to like NFTs and blockchain. Witek Radomski, chief expertise officer of Enjin, will assist us perceive the blockchain as effectively, and Matthew Ball will do a hearth chat with Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou (one of many folks behind NBA High Shot, which has generated $780 million in NFT gross sales previously 12 months).

Roham Gharegozlou is CEO of Dapper Labs.

Above: Roham Gharegozlou is CEO of Dapper Labs.

Picture Credit score: Dapper Labs

We’re additionally delighted to have partnerships with Augmented World Expo, which allows us to co-stream their keynote with John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, on the way forward for augmented actuality. And we’re partnering with Nvidia’s GTC occasion. For each GTC and GamesBeat Summit Subsequent, I might be moderating a panel with Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Video games; Christina Heller, CEO of Metastage; Morgan McGuire, chief scientist at Roblox; Jinsoo Jeon, vice chairman metaverse firm at SK Telecom; Willim Cui, company vice chairman of the Interactive Leisure Group at Tencent; Patrick Cozzi of Cesium; and Rev Lebaredian, vice chairman for the Omniverse at Nvidia.

Peter Moore, former leader at Sega, EA, and Microsoft, has joined the board at Nifty Games.

Above: Peter Moore, former chief at Sega, EA, and Microsoft, has joined the board at Nifty Video games.

Picture Credit score: Nifty Video games

I’ll speak with Matthew Ball of Epyllion, Anna Candy of Dangerous Robotic Video games, Jacob Navok of Genvid Applied sciences, and former Rockstar designer Imran Sarwar in regards to the Metaverse ETF, which helps you to make investments right this moment within the corporations which might be constructing the metaverse, the universe of digital worlds which might be all interconnected, like in novels resembling Snow Crash and Ready Player One.

I’ll be doing a hearth chat in regards to the infrastructure of the metaverse with Roblox chief expertise officer Dan Sturman, and I’ll focus on why gaming wants esports to succeed with Vindex CEO Mike Sepso.

We’ll flip the tables a bit and have Forte and Rally founder Kevin Chou reasonable a panel of buyers together with Nick Tuosto of Griffin Gaming Companions and Liontree, Amy Wu of Lightspeed, and Jay Chi of Makers Fund — three of the largest buyers in gaming right this moment. Tuosto may also reasonable a chat with the deal maker at Microsoft’s Xbox division, Sarah Bond, company vice chairman.

Kevin Chou is CEO of Rally.

Above: Kevin Chou is founding father of Forte and Rally.

Picture Credit score: Rally

Stanley Pierre-Louis of the Leisure Software program Affiliation will reasonable a session on social influence video games with Jessica Lindl of Unity and David Washington of HiDef.

Amy Wu of Lightspeed Ventures may also quiz Piers Kicks of Bitkraft and Delphi Digital, Miko Matsumura of Gumi Cryptos Capital, and Gabby Dizon of Yield Guild Video games in regards to the play-to-earn alternative. And Jon Brence will interview fellow influencer and new esports group proprietor Mari “Atomic Mari” Takahashi.

Seamus Blackley with his Feynman Van.

Above: Seamus Blackley together with his Feynman Van.

Picture Credit score: Seamus Blackley

We even have Wanda Meloni of M2 discuss rising gaming markets with Maria Kochmola, cofounder of The Video games Fund; Salone Sehgal, accomplice at Lumikai; and Cordel Robbin-Coker, CEO of Carry1st.

Eve Crevoshay, govt director of sport developer psychological well being nonprofit Take This, will reasonable a session on the right way to construct range and anti-harassment right into a studio from the bottom up with Don Bellenger, CEO of The Magnificence Cult; Carolin Krenzer, cofounder of Trailmix; and Theron James, CEO of Wildseed Video games.

Mari "AtomicMari" is co-owner of Spacestation Gaming.

Above: Mari “AtomicMari” is co-owner of Spacestation Gaming.

Picture Credit score: Spacestation Gaming

Emily Greer of Double Loop Video games can have a dialog with Anat Shperling, CEO of Toya, about reaching new audiences via cell video games and Roblox. Our outdated good friend Peter Moore of Unity will discuss becoming a member of the board of Nifty Video games, a brand new sports activities sport maker, with Nifty CEO Jon Middleton.

We’ve even received Xbox co-creator Seamus Blackley to wax poetic in regards to the twentieth anniversary of the launch of Microsoft’s Xbox sport console. Our emcees embody Chris Mellisinos, who curated the Smithsonian’s exhibit on video games, and Keisha Howard, founding father of Sugar Players. And MIT Sport Lab chief Riz Virk will reasonable a roundtable on whether or not we’re residing in a simulated universe.

Keisha Howard, Sugar Gamers

Above: Keisha Howard, Sugar Players

Picture Credit score: Sugar Players

Our format might be two days of on-line talks, prerecorded with Zoom Q&A for our VIP viewers, and different intimate occasions resembling roundtables and one-on-one classes. Our attendees typically embody CEOs and high-level executives. We get a various lot of sport builders, sport publishers, entrepreneurs, buyers, business distributors, and different leaders with the most effective concepts and insights. And we can have a reception in-person in San Francisco for our VIP attendees.

GamesBeat Summit Subsequent: Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, Niantic’s John Hanke, Xbox’s Sarah Bond

Above: Jeff Grubb of GamesBeat attire like this each day.

Picture Credit score: Michael O’Donnell/VentureBeat

We even count on to shut out the occasion with a particular podcast of the GamesBeat employees, which incorporates me, Mike Minotti, Jeff Grubb, and Rachel Kaser. Hope to see you there. I’m grateful for our nice advisory board that helped us spherical up so many nice audio system.

We’re nonetheless organizing the final of our talks and can submit our agenda quickly. And due to our sponsors that embody Enjin, Nvidia,, Op Video games, Irdeto by Denuvo, Gala Video games and extra. We’re glad to see them assist our thought management occasions and analytical video games journalism at GamesBeat.


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