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Update 8:52 a.m.: Jonathan Simpson-Bint from Twitch had to drop out. Greg Vederman, Twitch’s director of custom solutions, is taking his place. 

We’re going live!

GamesBeat has once again gathered some of the brightest and most important minds in the industry to help demystify the future. And, as always, we’re livestreaming the event. Go ahead and catch the video below to see speakers like Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney and Oculus VR worldwide studios head Jason Rubin. For a full schedule, just scroll down.

Twitch is our partner for the livestream, and one of our sessions features Greg Vederman, its director of custom solutions, as well as Matt Wolf, head of gaming at Coca-Cola. I’ll be moderating that session at 11:30 a.m.


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Monday, October 12, 2015

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Speaker: Dean Takahashi (GamesBeat)

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

The state of the game business

Speaker: Michael Pachter (Wedbush Securities)

9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Esports: The rise of the giant

Speakers: Jason Kay (AID Partners), Sunny Dhillon (Signia Venture Partners), Chris Fralic (First Round Capital), Phil Sanderson (IDG Ventures)

Moderator: Martin Rae (Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences)

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

The celebrity strategy

Speaker: Niccolo De Masi (Glu Mobile)

Moderator: Dean Takahashi (GamesBeat)

10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

A mystery chat

Speakers: Special Guest, TBA onsite

Moderator: Dean Takahashi (GamesBeat)

10:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Why authenticity is gaming’s north star​

Speakers: Greg Vederman (Twitch), Matt Wolf (The Coca-Cola Company)

Moderator: Jeff Grubb (GamesBeat)

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Breakout session: How far will esports reach?

Moderator: Jeff Grubb (GamesBeat)

Panelists: Dennis Fong (Raptr), Kristian Segerstrale (Super Evil Megacorp), Matt Zitzmann (Kamcord), Ian Sharpe (Azubu)

12:30 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

GamesBeat Online: Liberate the engineers Mikhael Naayem, CEO of Fuel Powered. Fireside chat.

12:50 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.

GamesBeat Online: The Business of Games and What the OGA Can Do for You Wanda Meloni, executive director and secretary of the Open Gaming Alliance. Fireside chat.

Creating the best virtual reality experiences

Speaker: Jason Rubin (Oculus)

Moderator: Geoff Keighley (MTV Networks)

2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Nexon’s evolution as an early pioneer in free-to-play gaming

Speaker: Owen Mahoney (Nexon)

Moderator: Mike Vorhaus (Magid Advisors)

2:20 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Fireside Chat

Speaker: Sinjin Bain (MaxPlay)

Moderator: Dean Takahashi (GamesBeat)

2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Designing for mixed reality

Speaker: Graeme Devine (Magic Leap)

Moderator: Dean Takahashi (GamesBeat)

2:50 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

The way ahead in mobile games, VR/AR, and game engines

Speaker: Tim Sweeney (Epic Games)

Moderator: Dean Takahashi (GamesBeat)

3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Reaching the whole world

Speaker: Mark Skaggs (Zynga)

Moderator: Steve Peterson (

4:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

How to choose a multiplatform strategy

Speaker: Emily Greer (Kongregate)

Moderator: Keith Boesky (Boesky & Co.)

4:20 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.

Is India the next China?

Speaker: Rajesh Rao (Dhruva Interactive / GameTantra)

Moderator: Ophir Lupu (United Talent)

4:40 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Going beyond gaming’s limits

Speaker: Brianna Wu (Giant Spacekat)

Moderator: Dean Takahashi (GamesBeat)

5:00 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

How Disney Interactive is balancing brands and platforms to tell new stories for fans

Speaker: Chris Heatherly (The Walt Disney Company)

Moderator: AJ Glasser (Facebook)

5:20 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Dean Takahashi (GamesBeat)

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