Agenda

2016 NY Games Agenda

*Schedule and speakers are subject to change
Day 1
28 Sep 2016

WELCOME & INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire
Ned Sherman

OPENING PRESENTATIONS

THE FUTURE OF GAMES, VR/AR AND MARKETING Visionary presentations on the future of Games, VR/AR and Marketing. The State of the Games Market: All the insights, data, and trends. Valued at $104 billion this year, video games are now a mature entertainment market. The popularization of new distribution channels (digital console, downloadable PC), new devices (mobile, VR), and new revenue models (free-to-play) have grown and fundamentally changed the games industry. In this 10-minute talk you will learn everything you need to know about what’s happening in the games market today....
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Mike Sepso
Dan Porter
Joost van Dreunen

VIEW FROM THE TOP: Digital Games Leadership Roundtable

Industry leaders discuss the current state of the game industry as the business continues its transition towards a digital future. What does it take to make a successful game these days across platforms? What emerging gaming platforms will be the most important in the years to come? How do you acquire and retain users and make money in this more and more complicated gaming universe with new digital platforms competing for the time and pocketbooks of consumers? PANELISTS Kent Wakeford, COO, Kabam Shanti Bergel, SVP, Business & Corporate Development, GREE...
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Chris Petrovic
Jon Radoff
Shanti Bergel
Kent Wakeford
Eric Goldberg

KEYNOTE CONVERSATION with ROVIO

Keynote Conversation with Mikko Setälä, Chief Corporate Development Officer, Rovio Entertainment
Mikko Setälä
11:15 – 11:45

MORNING BREAK

VR/AR FOR GAMES AND ENTERTAINMENT

This panel of VR and AR leaders will discuss the latest developments for games and entertainment. The panel will focus on what is available in the market today. What are the available apps, content, devices, and head gear?  What is the current state of consumer adoption? PANELISTS David Baszucki, CEO & Founder, ROBLOX Chris Donahue, Senior Director, Alliances, AMD Christine Lee, Vice President, Global Business Development, Immersv VR Jeff Gomez, CEO, Starlight Runner Jean-Christophe Baillie, Founder & President, Novaquark Moderator: Sophia Dominguez, CEO, SVRF; Founder, AllThingsVR
Sophia Dominguez
Jean-Christophe Baillie
Christine Lee
Jeff Gomez
David Baszucki
Chris Donahue

MONETIZING GAMES THROUGH FREE TO PLAY

This panel will discuss free to play and freemium models for games. What works? What doesn’t? What’s the right mix in deploying free to play? PANELISTS Jeff Birnbaum, Head of Gaming Partnerships, Google Bill Grosso, CEO & Founder, Scientific Revenue Dave Biscegila, Co-Founder & CEO, The Tap Lab David Walls, Founder & President, Funkitron, Inc. Albert Reed, Co-Founder & CEO, Demiurge Studios Moderator: Josh Burns, Gaming Industry Consultant
Albert Reed
David Walls
Dave Bisceglia
Bill Grosso
Jeff Birnbaum
Josh Burns

Lightning Talks, Startup Pitches & Demos

Lightning Talks, Startup Pitches & Demos (5 Min Each) Followed by Q/A from Our Esteemed Panels How to Create the Next Killer App with Design The App Store is set to reach a motherload of 5 million apps by 2020, and competition is fierce. Getting users to download your app and keep returning is no easy feat, but with the right tricks up your sleeve, it can be done. Creator of chart-topping mobile game Trivia Crack, which surpassed 200 million downloads worldwide last year, Maximo Cavazzani will share his secrets for designing a...
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Maximo Cavazzani

CREATIVITY RULES: MAKING SUCCESSFUL GAMES FOR MOBILE PLATFORMS

This panel will discuss how to make a successful game for iOS, Android and emerging mobile platforms. How important is creativity? What are the the metrics that matter when judging product success? PANELISTS Jamil Moledina, Games Strategic Lead, Google Play Tom Rassweiler, VP, Games, Arkadium Margaret Wallace, CEO, Playmatics Andrew Paradise, CEO & Founder, Skillz Moderator: Nanea Reeves, President & COO, TextPlus
Andrew Paradise
Margaret Wallace
Tom Rassweiler
Jamil Moledina
Nanea Reeves

THE OPPORTUNITY OF ESPORTS FOR BRANDS, AGENCIES & MARKETERS

This panel will discuss best of brand activations of eSports teams, leagues, competitive gamers and streamers. What is the opportunity for brands, agencies and marketers? PANELISTS Paul Brewer, VP, Partnership Sales, ‎ESL Marc McEwan, VP, Client Services, RedPeg Marketing Andy Swanson, VP, eSports & Events, Twitch Moderator: Manny Anekal, Gaming and eSports Executive
Manny Anekal
Paul Brewer
Marc McEwen
Andy Swanson
12:50 - 14:00

LUNCH BREAK

KEYNOTE CONVERSATION with ELEAGUE

Keynote Conversation with Christina Alejandre, General Manager & Vice President, eSports, ELEAGUE
Christina Alejandre

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE: INFLUENCER MARKETING & USER ACQUISITION

This panel will discuss how games companies are using influencer marketing for user acquisition of mobile games. Topics include how to find the right influencer mix for your game, the deals being done, and strategies for success? PANELISTS Tom Buontempo, President, KBS’ Attention Francisco Albornoz, TheGameHuntah Gaming Marco Mereu, Founder & GM, Roostr
Marco Mereu
Francisco Albornoz
Tom Buontempo

INVESTING IN VR/AR FOR ENTERTAINMENT & GAMES

In 2015 investors poured over $602 million into 119 Virtual Reality (VR) deals around the world and more consumer products hit the market this year. 2016 was described by Juniper Research as virtual reality’s watershed year giving investors the opportunity to invest in the rise of VR in both the public and private markets. This panel will discuss the opportunities and risks in investing in this massive new market for entertainment and games. PANELISTS T. Hale Boggs, Partner, Corporate/Finance, Capital Markets and Venture Capital, Manatt Tim Chang, Managing Director, Mayfield Fund...
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Matthew Wang
Tim Chang
T. Hale Boggs
Joost van Dreunen

Lightning Talks, Startup Pitches & Demos

Lightning Talks, Startup Pitches & Demos (5 Min Each) Followed by Q/A from Our Esteemed Panels

DIVERSITY IN GAMES

This panel will discuss diversity in the game industry. PANELISTS Susanna Pollack, President, Games for Change Moderator: Jillian Mood, CEO & CFO (Chief Fun Officer), Jillian Mood & Partners
Susanna Pollack
Jillian Mood
Anna Rozwandowicz

INNOVATION FIRESIDE CHATS

Fireside Chat  MoneyBall for Hollywood Matt Marolda, Chief Analytics Officer, Legendary Entertainment Interviewed by: Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors Fireside Chat  Innovation in Brand Marketing Sam Olstein, Global Innovation Director, GE Interviewed by: David Berkowitz, Principal, Serial Marketer
David Berkowitz
Sam Olstein
Matt Marolda
Mike Vorhaus
16:00 – 16:45

AFTERNOON BREAK

VIEW FROM THE TOP: VR/AR Leadership Roundtable

VR/AR experts discuss the current state of VR/AR, consumer adoption and what it means for the games business. PANELISTS Chris Donahue, Sr. Director, Alliances, AMD Aaron Luber, Head of Content Partnerships, Google Tony Mugavero, Founder & CEO, Littlstar Moderator: Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors
Aaron Luber
Tony Mugavero
Chris Donahue
Mike Vorhaus

FIRESIDE CHAT with The New York Videogame Critics Circle

Harold Goldberg, Founder & Editor in Chief, New York Videogame Critics Circle with Special Guests PANELISTS Dan Ackerman, Section Editor, CNET Christopher Byrd, Lead Video Game Critic, The Washington Post Sara Clemens, Editor-in-Chief, Videodame Sherri Smith, Senior Staff Writer, Purch Moderator: Harold Goldberg, Founder & Editor in Chief, New York Videogame Critics Circle
Sherri Smith
Sara Clemens
Chris Byrd
Dan Ackerman
Harold Goldberg

DIGITAL INFLUENCERS DINNER

This is an invite-only event. You must be on the guest list to attend.

NYME OPEN HOUSES

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