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This year GamesBeat Summit 2020 is going to be digital online-only. And right now we’re ready to introduce our next round of speakers as the conference gets closer: Mari Takahashi of Smosh Games, Joshua Ovenshire of Arcade Cloud, MissesMae, and Andrea Rene of What’s Good Games, to talk about the future of influencer marketing.

We’ve added these speakers to the updated agenda, posted below, for the event which will air on April 28 and April 29 as a virtual conference. If you are interested in attending GamesBeat Summit online, please sign up here.

After careful thought about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we decided not to use centralized studios or physical locations. But we think we can serve our GamesBeat community well with a fully distributed, digital event.

The health and safety of our GamesBeat community, attendees, employees, and sponsors remains our top priority. In this digital event, attendees can watch livestreamed and recorded talks, take part in online networking sessions and digital roundtables, access our gaming partners virtually, and more.


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And now unveiling our next session:

The Future of Influencer Marketing

Mari Takahashi of Smosh Games, Joshua Ovenshire of Arcade Cloud, MissesMae, and Andrea Rene of What’s Good Games, are coming together to talk about the future of influencer marketing.

Mari Takahashi

Above: Mari Takahashi

Mari Takahashi is a gaming personality, nerd culture advocate, former prima ballerina, reality TV competitor. She founded her personal brand AtomicMari in 2011 and is a co-founder of premiere gaming brand SmoshGames. She recently launched her newest venture NE6 (New Element Six), in which she is the founder, cast member, and executive producer. Mari is a Forbes “Top Influencer in Gaming,” entrepreneur and digital pioneer, who transitioned her love for video games, adventure and technology into being an advocate for young girls to pursue STEM careers in her philanthropic work with NASA and The Planetary Society.

Joshua Ovenshire

Above: Joshua Ovenshire

The Streamy winner and Smosh Games founding member — best known to fans as Jovenshire — has appeared on TBS’s King Of The Nerds and Disney XD’s Gamer’s Guide To Pretty Much Everything. Since the launch of Smosh Games, Joshua has branched off, now sharing thoughts and insights on entertainment news, gaming content, and all things “Geek-Culture” on his YouTube channel TheJovenshire, his Instagram, and Twitter. Joshua also lends his voice to many popular channels and video games. Some of his VO work has been featured on “How It Should Have Ended,” “The Warp Zone,” “Smosh,” and the hit video game “Smite.”


MissesMae is a former nurse turned popular livestreamer.

Above: MissesMae is a former nurse turned popular livestreamer.

Image Credit: MissesMae

Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, Jonna Mae, better known as MissesMae, is an entertainer and gaming live streamer. A former nurse turned pro-gamer, she is known for playing first-person shooter titles live on Facebook Gaming, primarily playing on PC and PS4. Mae is revered for her charismatic personality and competitive skills.

She has worked with brands such as Turtle Beach, NZXT, and Seagate to name a few. Mae has been previously seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC) as well as Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix).

Andrea Rene

Above: Andrea Rene

Image Credit: What's Good Games

Andrea Rene is an on-camera host, producer and writer with an extensive background in creative development, content management, and custom content creation. You can watch and listen to her video game commentary every week on the podcast What’s Good Games, part of the media company of the same name that she co-founded.

She was recently seen hosting EA PLAY, anchoring Facebook Gaming’s Live Studio at E3, and hosting The Nintendo World Championships. You might have seen her moderating panels at conventions like Comic-Con, PAX, or E3 for companies like Square Enix, Ubisoft, or WB. Previously, she was the face of GameStop TV inside U.S. retail locations along with being the copywriter for original, scripted content. She also hosted weekly esports coverage on Yahoo Esports and wrote, produced, and hosted a weekly series on Playboy’s Gamer Next Door. Andrea Rene will also host our Women in Gaming virtual breakfast on April 29.

Event details

GamesBeat Summit Digital will provide the same great content and create digital networking experiences, all available remotely. We’ve very grateful that the overwhelming number of our speakers (which we originally recruited for our physical event) and our sponsors have stayed with us. We hope to live up to their belief in us with our talks around the theme of Dawn of the Next Generation.

We will continue to be proactive in our communication and will follow up with more information about technology platforms and logistics in the coming days. It looks like we’re heading toward an even larger even with about 115 speakers. The schedule is still subject to change. Here’s the agenda.


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