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GamesBeat speaker spotlight: Why the White House is interested in games

Above: The White House

Mark DeLoura is the video game technologist who went to Washington.

Mark DeLoura, White House advisor on games and digital media

Above: Mark DeLoura, White House advisor on games and digital media

Image Credit: Mark DeLoura

A former game developer who worked at tech leadership positions at Sony, Nintendo, Google, Ubisoft, and THQ, DeLoura is now the senior advisor on digital media for the White House Office of Science and Technology. That means he’s responsible for keeping the White House informed on what is happening in the video game industry and what the government should be doing when it comes to interacting with the industry.

We’ll interview Deloura in a fireside chat at our GamesBeat 2013 conference. The event is Oct. 29-Oct. 30 at the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood City, Calif.

The topics we’ll cover include the administration’s interest in games and apps for education, health and fitness, second-language learning, and crowdsourced citizen science. We’ll talk about how federal agencies are using games and game technologies, and the challenges and opportunities in developing games for impact. Why are analytics important for learning games, and why does coding literacy matter? How can you get involved? We’ll also touch on the state of game-related research, including the state of neuroscience investigations and — this may not surprise you — violent media discussions.

Here are more of the speakers we have announced for the proceedings:

  • Susan Choe, managing director of Visionnaire Ventures
  • Andrew Pascal, CEO of Playstudios
  • Kristian Segerstrale, co-founder of Initial Capital
  • Matt DiPietro, vice president of marketing at Twitch
  • Chris Early, vice president of digital games at Ubisoft
  • John Graham, COO of Humble Bundle
  • Chethan Ramachandran, CEO of Playnomics
  • Justin Saint Clair,Windows Games manager
  • Kenny Rosenblatt, CEO of Arkadium
  • John Smedley, the president of Sony Online Entertainment
  • Geoff Keighley, the host of Spike TV’s GTTV
  • Sean Ryan, the head of game partnerships at Facebook
  • Mike Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association
  • Bing Gordon, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Tim Chang, the managing director at Mayfield Fund
  • Victor Kislyi, the CEO of Wargaming
  • Julie Uhrman, the CEO of Ouya
  • John Riccitiello, an active game investor and former CEO of Electronic Arts
  • Tony Bartel, the president of GameStop
  • Simon Khalaf, the CEO of Flurry
  • Owen Mahoney, the chief financial officer and chief administrative officer at Nexon
  • Brendan Iribe, the CEO of Oculus VR
  • Robin Hunicke, the co-founder of Funomena
  • Wim Stocks, the executive vice president at Virgin Gaming
  • Mark Donovan, the president of Xfire
  • Gabriel Leydon, the CEO of Machine Zone
  • Adam Sessler, the executive producer of Revision3 Games
  • Martin Rae, the president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
  • Clive Downie, the CEO of DeNA West
  • Kevin Chou, the 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

We’ve entered the Battle Royal, an era where many firms are vying for gamers’ time. 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 titles? Which platforms will provide the best experiences? Who will make them the most money?

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Battle Royal is GamesBeat 2013's theme

We’ll have 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 for our fifth annual event.

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,” the time when so many big game companies and startups were transforming themselves by expanding from one market to the next. Our judges, meanwhile, are already busy picking the finalists in the Who’s Got Game Innovation Showdown for the best game startup.

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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Thanks to the following industry leaders for supporting GamesBeat 2013 as sponsors: Ad2Games, AppLift, GamesAnalytics, NativeX, Renren Games, and Tapjoy as Gold Sponsors; Flurry, Animoca, GameHouse, Kontagent, Playnomics, Storm8, and LifeStreet Media as Silver Sponsors; AppFlood, Twitch, Slashdot, Sleepy Giant, and Visionnaire Ventures as Event Sponsors; Akamon Entertainment, Arkadium, YoYo Games, OnLive, P4RC, and Virtuix as contributing sponsors. If you’d like to become a sponsor, please send a message to sponsors@venturebeat.com.


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