We’d like to formally kick off our Who’s Got Game contest for the industry’s best game startup. The event will take place during our fourth annual GamesBeat 2012 conference on July 10-11 in San Francisco at the Palace Hotel.

With our fourth annual contest for the best game startup, we’re looking for the best startups in the game industry. We’ll choose five to seven finalists to present live on stage at our GamesBeat conference. Those finalists will be able to pitch their company to our audience of media, entrepreneurs, investors, and industry executives.

An all-star panel of judges will select the most promising startup, based on the following criteria:

» freshness
» innovation
» potential for business success.

The requirements are that the entrant be a startup company in the game space. Publicly traded or large, well-known private companies are not eligible.

Last year’s winner was Kaiju Empire, which was making a social game around crazy Godzilla-style monsters.

This year’s winner will be announced at GamesBeat and get introductions to game investors in our network and be featured in a blog post.

To register for GamesBeat, please click here. To submit a speaker proposal, click here. And for sponsor information, click here or send a message to sponsors@venturebeat.com. To see our current speakers, check out this page.

Deadline for submission is June 8 at 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time. Here’s the link for the entry form.