2017 AGENDA

2017 NY Games Conference Agenda

*Schedule and speakers are subject to change
Day 1
26 Sep 2017
8:30 am - 9:30 am

REGISTRATION

WELCOME & INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital, Founder, Digital Media Wire

VIEW FROM THE TOP: THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL GAMES MARKET

Industry leaders discuss the future of the games industry as the business continues its transition towards a multi-platform future. What does it take to make a successful game these days across platforms? What emerging platforms will be the most important in the years to come? How do you acquire and retain users and make money in this increasingly complicated gaming universe?

PANELISTS:
Jeff Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer and GM, Bingo Bash – GSN Games
Jon Goldman, Managing Partner, Skybound
Randy Shaffer, Senior Director, Xbox for Oath
David Stelzer, Business Development and Engine Licensing, Epic Games
MODERATOR: Eric Goldberg, Managing Director, Crossover Technologies

David Stelzer
Jeff Anderson
Randy Shaffer

OPENING PRESENTATION: THE FUTURE OF THE MOBILE GAMES BUSINESS

PRESENTER:
Joost van Dreunen, Co-founder & CEO, SuperData Research

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH BEN FEDER OF TENCENT GAMES

Ben Feder, President, International Partnerships (North America) at Tencent Games
INTERVIEWER: Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors

Ben Feder
11:00 am - 11:30 am

MORNING BREAK

FEATURED PRESENTATION: TURNING VIEWERS INTO PLAYERS

Livestreamed gaming platforms, such as Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Microsoft Mixer, are incredibly popular with gamers and viewers. Game developers are increasingly adopting new design philosophies to create games, particularly with the influencers in mind who are so essential in gaining traction today. How should games be developed to appeal to influencers? How can developers turn traditionally passive viewing experiences into interactive play sessions?

PANELISTS:
Anatoly Ropotov, CEO, Game Insight

Anatoly Ropotov

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 metrics that matter when judging product success?

PANELISTS:
Travis Boatman, Founder and CEO, Carbonated
Matthew Pierce, Founder & CEO, Versus Systems
Mark van Ryswyk, Senior Vice President, Glu Mobile
Tom Salta, Composer/Producer/Artist, Persist Music
Ilya Shereshevsky, Head of Business Development, GameChanger SF
Moderator: Liam Callahan, Senior Business Planner, XBox Games Marketing, Microsoft

Matthew Pierce
Tom Salta
Mark van Ryswyk
Liam Callahan
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

LUNCH BREAK

VR/AR FOR GAMES & ENTERTAINMENT

This panel of leading game and entertainment executives and investors will discuss the future of VR and AR for the game and entertainment industries. What investments are being made by VCs? What are the major Hollywood studios and media companies doing in VR/AR? What’s happening with mixed reality location based experiences? What does the future hold?

PANELISTS:
Bjorn, Book-Larsson, VP of Product, HTC Vive
Chris Donahue, Senior Director, Alliances, AMD
John Linden, President, Seismic Games
Nanea Reeves, CEO & Co-Founder, TRIPP
Matthew Wang, Managing Director, Evercore
MODERATOR: Michael Gold, Co-founder and CEO, Holojam Inc

Bjorn Book-Larsson
Michael Gold
John Linden
Nanea Reeves

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW WITH MIKE SEPSO OF ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

Sundance DiGiovanni, VP Brand & Content, Activision Blizzard
INTERVIEWER: Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital; Founder, Digital Media Wire

Sundance DiGiovanni

IAB PRESENTS: WHY ENGAGING DIGITAL AD EXPERIENCES ARE THE NEW GOLD STANDARD FOR MARKETERS

This group of industry leaders from the IAB Game Committee will discuss how games are uniquely suited for brand engagement for all demographics, on all platforms, 24/7, and will highlight innovative game ad formats that allow brands to insert themselves into game content in a less intrusive, native way. What are best practices for creative strategy for impactful game advertising? What are the game content and ad formats that appeal to different target audiences, from social games to eSports and more?

PANELISTS:
Anne Frisbie, SVP, Global Brand & Programmatic, InMobi
Gabrielle Heyman, Head of Global Brand Partners, Zynga
Kym Nelson, SVP of Client Strategy, West, Twitch
Julie Shumaker, VP, Global Ads Business Development, Unity Technologies
MODERATOR: Susan Borst, Deputy Director, Mobile IAB

Gabrielle Heyman
Anne Frisbie
Julie Shumaker

THE RISE OF ESPORTS

Competitive gaming tournaments have been packing stadiums and drawing record viewers online for some time, and are increasingly becoming part of the network and cable television mix. What do the next few years look like for the growth of eSports leagues in television broadcast, live event, and online settings? Does eSports need linear broadcasting? Do the television networks need eSports?

PANELISTS:
Brendan Donohue, Managing Director, NBA 2K League
Damon Lau, Co-founder and CEO, Everyday Influencers/Press X
Ali Moiz, CEO & Co-Founder, Streamlabs
Wim Stocks, GM/CEO, WorldGaming & Collegiate StarLeague (a Division of Cineplex)
Marty Strenczewilk, CEO and Co-founder, Splyce
MODERATOR: Jacob Carlson, Digital Media Strategist- Consulting Manager, Manatt Digital

Brendan Donahue
Wim Stocks
Marty Strenczewilk
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

AFTERNOON BREAK

THE FUTURE OF ESPORTS: THE OPPORTUNITY FOR BRANDS, AGENCIES & MARKETERS

Providing a potent mix of real-life spectatorship and digital entertainment, today the worldwide phenomenon of competitive gaming counts over 200 million spectators annually and presents a unique, new avenue in the entertainment market. 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:
Dave Correa, Director, Sponsorship Sales, ESL
Mike Lee, Head of Partnerships, Everyday Influencers/Press X
Dave Madden, SVP Global Brand Solutions, EA
Mark Tekunoff, Corporate PR Manager, HyperX
Moderator: Manny Anekal, Founder & CEO, The Next Level

Dave Correa
Mark Tekunoff
Mike Lee
Paul Brewer

GAMES CRITICS ROUNDTABLE

This panel will discuss how to make a successful game for iOS, Android and emerging mobile platforms. How important is creativity? What are the metrics that matter when judging product success?

PANELISTS:
Dan Ackerman, Section Editor, CNET

Chris Byrd, Lead Video Game Critic, The Washington Post

Sara Clemens, Editor-in-Chief, Videodame

Sherri Smith, Senior Staff Writer, Purch

Antwand Pearman, Executive Producer, Producers vs Show, President, Gamer Fit Nation
Moderator: Harold Goldberg, Founder & Editor in Chief, Video Games Critics Circle

Antwand Pearman
Sherri Smith
Sara Clemens
Chris Byrd
Dan Ackerman
Harold Goldberg
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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