Our latest round of GamesBeat 2012 speakers

VentureBeat is pleased to announce the latest speakers added to our roster for GamesBeat 2012 in San Francisco on July 10-11. We’re inviting 500 movers and shakers from throughout the games industry — social, mobile, online, and console — to talk about the “Crossover Era”. The game industry as we know it is changing. We’re seeing established companies cross over from one market to another, where once they faced barriers. As companies adapt to change, we are witnessing disruption, change, consolidation, innovation, and the arrival of big money. We’re talking billions of dollars that are at stake.

For publishers, the next consoles mean new digital revenue streams

Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 weren’t designed with a wide array of post-release revenue opportunities in mind, which has caused a number of video game publishers to implement slipshod measures such as online passes or subscription services. This won’t be an issue for the next generation of consoles, with analysts predicting future PlayStation and Xbox devices will provide the appropriate infrastructure for companies like Electronic Arts and Activision to double digital revenue.