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GamesBeat speaker highlight: GameStop boss Tony Bartel on evolving game retail

GameStop

Above: GameStop

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi

GameStop president Tony Bartel

Game retail has been in the crosshairs of digital distributors and cloud gaming services, but GameStop remains the king of selling games in its thousands of physical stores.

We’ll talk about that and the evolutionary role of retailers with Tony Bartel [right], the president of the world’s biggest game store chain, at our upcoming GamesBeat 2013 conference on Oct. 29-Oct. 30 at the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood City, Calif.

Think retail doesn’t matter? Well, look at the $1 billion in sales of Grand Theft Auto V in three days and all of the midnight store openings for the big game’s launch. GameStop is changing with the times, and it’s no longer just a bricks-and-mortar company. GameStop plays a hybrid role with multiple channels in mobile, digital, and physical stores.

Adam Sessler

Above: Adam Sessler

Image Credit: Revision3

The session will be moderated by Adam Sessler [left], a longtime video game TV personality and executive producer of Rev3 Games at Revision3. Sessler has been covering the game industry for more than 14 years on TV and the Internet. He is known for his outspoken opinions and irreverent wit.

Here are the rest of our announced speakers for the event:

  • John Riccitiello, an active game investor and former CEO of Electronic Arts
  • Simon Khalaf, the CEO of Flurry
  • Owen Mahoney, the chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, Nexon
  • Brendan Iribe, the CEO of Oculus VR
  • Frank Gibeau, the president of EA Labels at Electronic Arts
  • Tim Chang, a partner at Mayfield Fund
  • Robin Hunicke, the cofounder of Funomena
  • Wim Stocks, the executive vice president at Virgin Gaming
  • Mark Donovan, the president of Xfire
  • Gabriel Leydon, the CEO of Machine Zone
  • Geoff Keighley, the host of Spike TV’s GTTV
  • Adam Sessler, the executive producer of Revision3 Games
  • Martin Rae, the president of Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
  • Bing Gordon, a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Clive Downie, the CEO of DeNA West
  • Kevin Chou, CEO of Kabam
  • Tim Merel, the managing director at Digi-Capital
  • Sunny Dhillon, an early stage investor at Signia Venture Partners
  • Brock Pierce, the managing director of Clearstone Global Fund

Our theme for the conference is the “Battle Royal,” where all game companies compete across platforms, territories, digital and physical markets, and categories of games.

We’ve entered an era where many varied companies are competing for gamers’ time in the same space. Apple and Google want to get in the living room and are waging war against Nintendo and Sony. Microsoft already has an edge in living room entertainment with its Xbox Live service, but it wants a piece of mobile as well. It’s a confusing time for gamemakers. Where should they take their games? What platforms will provide the best gaming experiences? Who will make them the most money?

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We’ll roll out a steady drumbeat of speakers as we get closer to GamesBeat 2013′s October date. We expect to have more than 80 of the gaming industry’s best lined up from our fifth annual event.

Battle Royal

Each year, GamesBeat follows a big trend. In 2009, we focused on how “All The World’s a Game,” with the explosion of games on the global stage. In 2010, GamesBeat@GDC focused on “Disruption 2.0.” In 2011, our theme was “Mobile Games Level Up,” investigating the busy intersection of games and mobile technology. In 2012, we explored “The Crossover Era,” defined by the time when so many big game companies and startups were transforming themselves by expanding from one market to the next.

As companies adapt to change, we’re witnessing disruption, adaptation, consolidation, innovation, and the arrival of big money. We’re talking billions of dollars that are at stake. We’re expecting 400 notables from throughout the game industry — social, mobile, online, and console. Please join us.

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