The DeanBeat: GamesBeat 2012 in July will focus on disruption, change, and innovation

We’ve unveiled our first speakers and other details for our fourth annual game conference, GamesBeat 2012. Our roster of speakers includes Will Wright, creator of blockbuster video games from Sim City to The Sims and Spore. Wright is now the founder of transmedia think tank called Stupid Fun Club. His next big project is based on what he calls “personal gaming,” where a game can be customized to the tastes and habits of an individual player.

GamesBeat weekly news roundup

You may not have noticed, but we’re now publishing a lot of game stories exclusively on the GamesBeat section of our site these days. These are stories that we feel are less geared to the general readership but will especially appeal to gamers and readers involved in the game industry. If you’ve missed any of those stories, our weekly roundup will point them out for you. And please visit the GamesBeat section to catch up on game news. We’re ramping up our game coverage, so you’ll find more and more news at GamesBeat.

VentureBeat is hiring game writers

We’ve steadily built GamesBeat into a respected and well-read section of VentureBeat over the past few years and are now going to add to that. We’re looking for talented writers who are passionate about the business and innovations in games, and we’re also looking for game reviewers and videographers. We’re looking for both external freelancers and a staff writer.

Free-to-play mobile games to be highlighted at GamesBeat 2011

Today we’re revealing the sixth set of speakers for our third annual GamesBeat 2011 conference. Our newest slate of speakers will be part of a panel on the free-to-play mobile gaming market. They include Jeferson Valadares, general manager of games at Flurry; Gabe Leydon, chief executive of Addmired; Lou Fasulo, chief operating officer of Z2Live, and Dave Casteluovo, CEO of Bolt Creative.

More new speakers for GamesBeat 2011

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.

Check out the latest speakers for GamesBeat 2011

Today we’re revealing the third set of speakers for our third annual GamesBeat 2011 conference. Our slate of speakers will include Bing Gordon, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and the former chief creative officer at Electronic Arts; Daniel Terry, chief executive and co-founder of mobile game maker Pocket Gems; and Tim Chang, partner at Norwest Venture Partners.