Today we’re revealing the fourth set of speakers for our third annual GamesBeat 2011 conference. Our slate of speakers will include Tim Merel, managing director of Digi-Capital, Sana Choudary, co-founder of YetiZen game startup accelerator, and Jennifer Lu, director of business development at TinyCo.
This GamesBeat 2011 conference takes place July 12-13 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
Tim Merel will talk on our investor panel about trends in social and mobile games. Merel has been tracking game investments and acquisitions for some time, and his latest quarterly report showed that the pace is accelerating as the rest of the investment world discovers that games are one of the hottest forms of entertainment. Merel believes that social and mobile game companies will eventually overtake the consoles.
Sana Choudary (left) is co-founder and chief executive of YetiZen, a San Francisco-based game startup accelerator that we wrote about in April. She also runs the SF Game Developers Workshop with Japeth Dillman and recently moderated a panel on how venture capitalists see video game investments. Choudary will moderate a panel in investing and games and will also moderate our Who’s Got Game? contest for the best game startup.
Jennifer Lu leads business development and marketing for TinyCo, a San Francisco mobile gaming company that recently raised $18 million from uber-investor Marc Andreessen’s Andreessen Horowitz venture fund. The company has turned around and is offering $5 million to invest in developers that will make games that TinyCo will distribute. She will participate in our panel on investing in game startups.
Our previous announced speakers include Steve Perlman, chief executive of games-on-demand firm OnLive; Bart Decrem, head of mobile games at Disney and former chief executive of Tapulous; Trip Hawkins, chief executive of Digital Chocolate; Peter Relan, chairman of YouWeb and chief executive of CrowdStar; Si Shen, chief executive of PapayaMobile; David Ko, senior vice president for mobile at Zynga; our keynote speaker, longtime game entrepreneur and founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell; Tim Chang, partner at Norwest Venture Partners; Daniel Terry, co-founder of mobile game maker Pocket Gems; and Bing Gordon, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and former chief creative officer at Electronic Arts.
Each year, GamesBeat follows a big trend. In 2009, we focused on how All The World’s a Game, with the explosion of games onto a global stage. Last year, GamesBeat@GDC focused on Disruption 2.0. This year, our theme is Mobile Games Level Up, and it focuses on the busy intersection of games and mobile technology. We’ll focus on everything from smartphone games to tablets and handhelds.
Console games dominated the news in the past, but the center of attention is rapidly shifting toward mobile as more and more users play games on the run. While there are hundreds of millions of gamers on Facebook, analysts believe the number could be much higher for mobile games. Our speakers are right at this intersection. GamesBeat 2011 targets an audience of CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, investors, marketers and other key figures in the game business. Stay tuned for more speaker announcements.
We’ll be exploring the most disruptive game technologies and business models at our third annual GamesBeat 2011 conference, on July 12-13 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It will focus on the disruptive trends in the mobile games market. GamesBeat is co-located with our MobileBeat 2011 conference this year. To register, click on this link. Sponsors can message us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To pitch a startup at the Who’s Got Game contest at GamesBeat 2011, click here.