Agenda

2017 NY Games 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 Tinzar Sherman, CEO & Co-Founder, Digital Media Wire
Tinzar Sherman
Ned Sherman

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...
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David Stelzer
Jon Goldman
Jeff Anderson
Randy Shaffer
Eric Goldberg

OPENING PRESENTATIONS: THE FUTURE OF THE MOBILE GAMES BUSINESS

Visionary presenters give their perspectives on the future of the mobile games business followed by Q/A. PANELISTS Joost van Dreunen, Co-founder & CEO, SuperData Research
Joost van Dreunen

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH BEN FEDER OF TENCENT GAMES

Ben Feder, President, International Partnerships (North America) at Tencent Games INTERVIEWER: Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors
Michael Vorhaus
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 Nick Fortugno, Chief Creative Officer, Playmatics 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
Ilya Shereshevsky
Nick Fortugno
Travis Boatman
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: 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
Michael Gold
John Linden
David Liu
Matthew Wang
Chris Donahue
Nanea Reeves

KEYNOTE INTERVIEW WITH MIKE SEPSO OF ACTIVISION BLIZZARD

Mike Sepso, SVP, Activision Blizzard INTERVIEWER: Ned Sherman, Counsel/Director, Manatt Digital; Founder, Digital Media Wire
Mike Sepso
Ned Sherman

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...
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Gabrielle Heyman
Anne Frisbie
Julie Shumaker
Kym Nelson
Susan Borst

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 Matt Mosteller, VP, Content Turner Sports Wim Stocks,...
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Brendan Donahue
Wim Stocks
Matt Mosteller
Ali Moiz
Jacob Carlson
Damon Lau
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: Paul Brewer, VP, Global Sponsorships, 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 &...
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Mark Tekunoff
Mike Lee
Manny Anekal
Paul Brewer
Dave Madden

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

NY GAMES TECH CRAWL (INVITE ONLY)