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GamesBeat 2021 – 2022 Events

GamesBeat is known for having the most intimate gaming events in the industry, & now we’re expanding with more summits focused on different key gaming industry topics.

Some of our future events include GamesBeat Next, GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 2, and GamesBeat Summit 2022.

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GamesBeat Summit 2022

April 26 – Los Angeles, CA
April 27 – 28 – Virtual

Dean Takahashi and the GamesBeat team return to the digital stage for GamesBeat Summit 2021, hosted as a physical and online event this April 26-28, 2022. Bringing together industry leaders for the 14th annual executive summit, the GamesBeat team aims to support content surrounding inclusion, mental health, next-gen updates, and major industry changes throughout all of gaming.

Attendees can expect a physical and digital experience focused on connections, content, and community. We will also hold our usual Women in Gaming breakfast, our speaker lunch, and our annual Visionary Awards as well.

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GamesBeat Summit Next

November 2022

Waves of hype always crash into the game industry, but we never know if they’re going to get our feet wet or be tidal waves that change the whole industry. GamesBeat Summit Next will examine the next big opportunities in a disciplined way with the industry’s thought leaders.

We will focus on the emerging parts of gaming that could turn into the next big market. Our major subthemes will focus on key areas and how they will grow in the post-pandemic world. Those subthemes include esports, user-generated content and the creator economy, influencers and the upheavals in marketing, nonfungible tokens and cryptocurrency, emerging markets, and the changing infrastructure of games. And as always, we will look at dealmaking and the financial trends in gaming. 

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GamesBeat: Into the Metaverse 3

January 2023

From major ad ecosystem changes to the imminent arrival of the metaverse, the gaming world is flush with change that industry folk need to pay attention to. That’s why GamesBeat, VentureBeat’s dedicated gaming channel, is excited to return again to bring our second annual metaverse event to life.

Hosted digitally in January 2023, the event will bring leaders in the industry together to dig deep into the most essential topics facing developers and publishers now, including advertising and privacy changes, next-gen consoles, influencers, the rise of ad-games, the growth of triple-A mobile, and more.

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Past GamesBeat Speakers

Phil Spencer

Head of Xbox

Bobby Kotick

Bobby Kotick

Activision Blizzard

Hailey Gross

Halley Gross

Last of Us Part II

Laura Miele

Chief Studios Officer
Electronic Arts

Chris DeWolfe

Jam City

Yvette D. Clarke

Rep. 9th District of NY
US House of Representatives

Jens Hilgers

Bitkraft Ventures

Chelsea Blasko

Iron Galaxy Studios

Keisha Howard

Keisha Howard

Sugar Gamers

Robert Antokol


Adam Boyes

Iron Galaxy Studios

Brenda Romero

CEO and Co-founder
Romero Games

Nour Polloni

Studio Head

Geoff Keighley

Geoff Keighley

The Gaming Awards

Ed Fries

Founding Vice President
Microsoft Games

Wanda Meloni

CEO and Principal Analyst
M2 Insights

Anthony Crouts

Senior Director of Marketing
Tencent Games North America

Katie Jansen

Chief Marketing Officer

Stanely Pierre-Louis

President & CEO
Entertainment Software Association

Simon Zhu

Head of Strategy, Investment, Globalization & Key Partnership
NetEase Games

Lydia Bottegoni

EVP, Story & Franchise Dev.

Tim O’Brien

Chief Revenue Officer

Jen Oneal

EVP of Development

Mark Chandler

Mark Chandler

The International Games Summit for Mental Health Awareness

Laila Shabir

Co-founder & CEO
Girls Make Games

Nick Tuosto

M&A Adviser

Eunice Lee

SVP, Call of Duty Development

Matt Casamassina

Rogue Games

Cierra McDonald

Principal Program Manager

Keza MacDonald

Video Games Editor
The Guardian

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Managing Director, Digital Play
LEGO Ventures

Eve Crevoshay

Executive Director
Take This

Eric Goldberg

Managing Director
Crossover Technologies

Lauren Higgins

Laura Higgins

Director of Community Safety & Digital Civility

Paul Doyle

Director of Product Management for Unreal Engine
Epic Games