GamesBeat Summit Next: Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, Niantic’s John Hanke, Xbox’s Sarah Bond

Join gaming leaders on line at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10. Learn more about what comes next. 

Sometimes you want persons to inspire you to higher heights and to think that some remarkable technologies is just about the corner. That’s what we’ll celebrate with our inspiring talks at our GamesBeat Summit Next occasion. And from time to time you want somebody to be brutally sincere and throw some cold water on crazy tips that are overhyped and scammy.

I suspect we’ll be hearing each of these messages of our occasion (you can sign up right here) on November 9-10 with some of the most exciting pioneers of the gaming market. As the word “next” implies, this is about the tips on the edge of the market that could expand games behind its all-natural borders as the development from the pandemic comes down to earth. I’m content to announce some remarkable speakers, but I’ll leave to you to figure out who will inspire you or slap you in the face with reality.

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Our newest speakers consist of Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take-Two Interactive. A companion in ZelnickMedia due to the fact 2001, became chairman of Take-Two in March 2007 and CEO in January 2011. With studios and labels such as 2K, Rockstar Games, Hangar 13, and more, Take-Two has amassed some of the most remarkable properties in video games. They consist of Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption 2, Mafia, Civilization, and 2K NBA. Zelnick has to oversee studios that make hard calls about funding triple-A titles for as extended as seven years. And he has to make a decision whether or not to embrace new technologies or let somebody else go 1st into the terrific unknown. Again, I’ll let you guess whether or not he’ll throw cold water on nonfungible tokens (NFTs) in games.

Sarah Bond is corporate vice president at Microsoft Xbox.

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Not to worry. We’ll also have the advocates of blockchain gaming such as Yat Siu of Animoca Brands (which raised $138 million at a $1 billion valuation), John Linden of Mythical Games (which raised $75 million), Jeff Zirlin of Sky Mavis (which raised $153 million at a practically $3 billion valuation) and James Zhang of Concept Art House.


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Whether you favor one version of the future or just the status quo, we guarantee that you will have believed leadership and intelligent discussion in a pretty effective way at GamesBeat Summit Next. I’m also content to report that more than half of the 69 speakers we have so far come from diverse backgrounds.

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We’ll even have a debate about amongst former LucasArts exec Brooks Brown and NFT advocate David Kim of, which assists game organizations launch projects on the Wax blockchain protocol, and Mitch Zamara of Million on Mars. That panel will talk about whether or not mainstream gamers will come to adore NFTs and blockchain. Witek Radomski, chief technologies officer of Enjin, will aid us realize the blockchain as nicely, and Matthew Ball will do a fireside chat with Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou (one of the persons behind NBA Top Shot, which has generated $780 million in NFT sales in the previous year).

Roham Gharegozlou is CEO of Dapper Labs.

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We’re also delighted to have partnerships with Augmented World Expo, which enables us to co-stream their keynote with John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, on the future of augmented reality. And we are partnering with Nvidia’s GTC occasion. For each GTC and GamesBeat Summit Next, I will be moderating a panel with Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games Christina Heller, CEO of Metastage Morgan McGuire, chief scientist at Roblox Jinsoo Jeon, vice president metaverse business at SK Telecom Willim Cui, corporate vice president of the Interactive Entertainment Group at Tencent Patrick Cozzi of Cesium and Rev Lebaredian, vice president for the Omniverse at Nvidia.

Peter Moore, former leader at Sega, EA, and Microsoft, has joined the board at Nifty Games.

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I’ll speak with Matthew Ball of Epyllion, Anna Sweet of Bad Robot Games, Jacob Navok of Genvid Technologies, and former Rockstar designer Imran Sarwar about the Metaverse ETF, which lets you invest today in the organizations that are constructing the metaverse, the universe of virtual worlds that are all interconnected, like in novels such as Snow Crash and Ready Player One.

I’ll be performing a fireside chat about the infrastructure of the metaverse with Roblox chief technologies officer Dan Sturman, and I’ll talk about why gaming desires esports to succeed with Vindex CEO Mike Sepso.

We’ll turn the tables a bit and have Forte and Rally founder Kevin Chou moderate a panel of investors like Nick Tuosto of Griffin Gaming Partners and Liontree, Amy Wu of Lightspeed, and Jay Chi of Makers Fund — 3 of the greatest investors in gaming today. Tuosto will also moderate a speak with the deal maker at Microsoft’s Xbox division, Sarah Bond, corporate vice president.

Kevin Chou is CEO of Rally.

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Stanley Pierre-Louis of the Entertainment Software Association will moderate a session on social influence games with Jessica Lindl of Unity and David Washington of HiDef.

Amy Wu of Lightspeed Ventures will also quiz Piers Kicks of Bitkraft and Delphi Digital, Miko Matsumura of Gumi Cryptos Capital, and Gabby Dizon of Yield Guild Games about the play-to-earn chance. And Jon Brence will interview fellow influencer and new esports group owner Mari “Atomic Mari” Takahashi.

Seamus Blackley with his Feynman Van.

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We also have Wanda Meloni of M2 speak about emerging gaming markets with Maria Kochmola, cofounder of The Games Fund Salone Sehgal, companion at Lumikai and Cordel Robbin-Coker, CEO of Carry1st.

Eve Crevoshay, executive director of game developer mental wellness nonprofit Take This, will moderate a session on how to create diversity and anti-harassment into a studio from the ground up with Don Bellenger, CEO of The Beauty Cult Carolin Krenzer, cofounder of Trailmix and Theron James, CEO of Wildseed Games.


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Emily Greer of Double Loop Games will have a conversation with Anat Shperling, CEO of Toya, about reaching new audiences by way of mobile games and Roblox. Our old pal Peter Moore of Unity will speak about joining the board of Nifty Games, a new sports game maker, with Nifty CEO Jon Middleton.

We’ve even got Xbox co-creator Seamus Blackley to wax poetic about the 20th anniversary of the launch of Microsoft’s Xbox game console. Our emcees consist of Chris Mellisinos, who curated the Smithsonian’s exhibit on games, and Keisha Howard, founder of Sugar Gamers. And MIT Game Lab leader Riz Virk will moderate a roundtable on whether or not we’re living in a simulated universe.

Keisha Howard, Sugar Gamers

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Our format will be two days of on line talks, prerecorded with Zoom Q&ampA for our VIP audience, and other intimate events such as roundtables and one-on-one sessions. Our attendees usually consist of CEOs and higher-level executives. We get a diverse lot of game developers, game publishers, marketers, investors, market vendors, and other leaders with the finest tips and insights. And we will have a reception in-individual in San Francisco for our VIP attendees.

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We even anticipate to close out the occasion with a specific podcast of the GamesBeat employees, which involves me, Mike Minotti, Jeff Grubb, and Rachel Kaser. Hope to see you there. I’m thankful for our terrific advisory board that helped us round up so numerous terrific speakers.

We’re nevertheless organizing the last of our talks and will post our agenda quickly. And thanks to our sponsors that consist of Enjin, Nvidia,, Op Games, Irdeto by Denuvo, Gala Games and more. We’re glad to see them assistance our believed leadership events and analytical games journalism at GamesBeat.

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