We’re taking GamesBeat Summit 2020 right into a digital online-only format. And at the moment, we’re revealing three new audio system for the occasion: John Smedley, head of Amazon Game Studios in San Diego, California; Glen Schofield, founding father of Striking Distance Studios; and Jessica Chobot, host of Expedition X.

We’ve added these audio system to the up to date agenda, posted under, for the occasion which can air on April 28 and April 29 as a digital convention. If you have an interest in attending GamesBeat Summit on-line, please join here.

After cautious thought in regards to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we determined to not use centralized studios or bodily places. But we expect we are able to serve our GamesBeat neighborhood effectively with a totally distributed, digital occasion.

The well being and security of our GamesBeat neighborhood, attendees, staff, and sponsors stays our high precedence. In this digital occasion, attendees can watch livestreamed and recorded talks, participate in on-line networking classes and digital roundtables, entry our gaming companions nearly, and extra.

John Smedley, head of Amazon Game Studios in San Diego

GamesBeat Summit Digital speakers: John Smedley, Glen Schofield, and Jessica Chobot

Above: John Smedley, CEO of Daybreak Game Company.

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John Smedley has been making video video games for greater than 30 years, and led Sony Online Entertainment for over 15 years. He joined Amazon in 2017 and leads Amazon’s recreation growth studio primarily based in San Diego, California.

GamesBeat Summit Digital speakers: John Smedley, Glen Schofield, and Jessica Chobot

He helped create main on-line video games akin to EverQuest, EverQuest II, Planetside 2, Wizardry Online, DC Universe Online, Payday: The Heist, and Star Wars Galaxies. Besides Amazon and Sony Online, Smedley has labored at Knight Technologies, Verant Interactive, and Pixelmage.

Smedley was a speaker at our very first GamesBeat convention in 2009 (speaking about Free Realms), and I’m delighted to have him again. He shall be taking the stage to speak about psychological well being for recreation professionals — an exceedingly essential subject proper now. He shall be joined onstage by Mark Chandler, founding father of The International Game Summit on Mental Health, and Eve Crevoshay, govt director of Take This.

Glen Schofield, founding father of Striking Distance Studios

GamesBeat Summit Digital speakers: John Smedley, Glen Schofield, and Jessica Chobot

Above: Glen Schofield is the founding father of Striking Distance Studios in San Ramon, California.

Image Credit: Striking Distance Studios

During the previous 12 months, Glen Schofield has been busy creating Striking Distance Studios, a brand new triple-A recreation studio in his hometown of San Ramon, California. He has employed dozens of individuals and was about to maneuver into a brand new constructing when the coronavirus struck. But he’s been rolling with the punches and is busy working from house. (I interviewed him final week about that have).

Schofield was the cofounder of Sledgehammer Games alongside Michael Condrey. They created video games akin to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: WWII. Before that, that they had created Electronic Arts’ Visceral Games studio and created the Dead Space video games. He was educated as an artist and is a uncommon particular person in rising by the ranks to turn out to be a studio chief. He additionally labored on video games akin to Gex, Legacy of Kain, The Lord of the Rings, and 007: From Russia With Love.

Schofield gave an amazing discuss on “The Art of Inspiration” in 2013 on the Dice Summit. I requested him to provide you with a sequel to that, greater than seven years later. I’m trying ahead to what he’ll say. Now he’s engaged on a recreation set within the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds universe.

Jessica Chobot, host of Expedition X

GamesBeat Summit Digital speakers: John Smedley, Glen Schofield, and Jessica Chobot

Above: Jessica Chobot is host of Expedition X on the Discovery Channel.

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Jessica Chobot can at the moment be seen within the new hit present Expedition X on the Discovery Channel. Previously she lined popular culture information and occasions because the host for Nerdist News, Nerdist News Talks Back, and Mothership over at ‪‪Nerdist.com‬‬. She’s additionally made appearances as a decide and as a sideline reporter for BattleBots.

Chobot’s 14 12 months profession has targeted on studio productions and occasion protection, together with the extremely profitable Nerdist News present, Nerdist News Talks Back, G4TV’s Attack of the Show, X­Play and Proving Ground and numerous digital applications at IGN. In addition to her studio work, She has hosted stay and live-streamed occasions such because the DICE Awards (the place I interviewed her), the GameCease Manager’s Conference, and numerous esports initiatives.

As a notable and educated girl within the tech, online game and leisure trade, Chobot has made appearances as an trade skilled for ABC World News, Extra!, Fox News Live, CBS News, and extra.

GamesBeat Summit Digital speakers: John Smedley, Glen Schofield, and Jessica Chobot

Above: Nika Nour, govt director, IGDA

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Chobot will average a fireplace chat with Nika Nour, govt director of the IGDA Foundation. They will discuss “Diversity and Inclusion: How to create virtual and accessible resources for marginalized communities during a pandemic.”

Event particulars

GamesBeat Summit Digital will present the identical nice content material and create digital networking experiences, all accessible remotely. We’ve very grateful that the overwhelming variety of our audio system (which we initially recruited for our bodily occasion) and our sponsors have stayed with us. We hope to stay as much as their perception in us with our talks across the theme of Dawn of the Next Generation.

We will proceed to be proactive in our communication and can observe up with extra details about expertise platforms and logistics within the coming days. It appears to be like like we’re heading towards a fair bigger even with about 115 audio system. The schedule remains to be topic to alter. Last week, we introduced audio system akin to former Blizzard Entertainment president and cofounder Mike Morhaime, Mike Frazzini of Amazon Game Studios, and Nexon CEO Owen Mahoney.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 (all instances Pacific time)

GamesBeat Summit Digital speakers: John Smedley, Glen Schofield, and Jessica Chobot

Above: Edward Saatchi, cofounder of Fable.

Image Credit: Fable

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Boss Stage: Introductory remarks by Dean Takahashi, lead author for VentureBeat’s GamesBeat

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Boss Stage: “Serious money going into esports and gaming: Mergers, acquisitions, and fundraising trends” with Alina Soltys, founding father of Quantum Tech Partners

​9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Boss Stage: “The rise of new independent publishers” with Michael Worosz, govt vice chairman for company growth and unbiased publishing at Take-Two Interactive, moderated by Michael Metzger, accomplice at Drake Star Partners

Hero Stage: “The future of gaming is user-generated content” with Matt Curtis, VP of Developer Relations at Roblox

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Boss stage: Owen Mahoney, CEO of Nexon

​Hero Stage: Esports with Neo Liu, head of publishing for Tencent North America; Karim Farghaly of Bandai Namco; and Jacob Navok, CEO of Genvid Technologies; moderated by David Hoppe of Gamma Law

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Boss Stage: Mike Morhaime, cofounder and former president of Blizzard Entertainment, moderated by Seth Schiesel

​Hero Stage: “The Leisure Economy” with John Linden, CEO, Mythical Games

GamesBeat Summit Digital speakers: John Smedley, Glen Schofield, and Jessica Chobot

Above: GamesBeat Summit Digital audio system

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​11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Boss Stage: Fireside Chat with Stanley Pierre-Louis, CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, moderated by Keisha Howard of Sugar Gamers

​Hero Stage: “Choose your own adventure: The evolution of storytelling through the next generation” with Gary Whitta of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, moderated by Tina Amini of IGN

​11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Boss Stage: “Gaming’s future as the best form of entertainment,” Jon Goldman of Greycroft and GC Tracker Fund, moderated by Andreea Enache of Blind Squirrel Entertainment

​Hero Stage: “We are who we pretend to be” with Edward Saatchi of Fable Studio, moderated by Dean Takahashi

​12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Breakout classes, Networking Roundtables, Slack Q&A, Community Discussion

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Boss Stage: Scopely co-CEO Javier Ferreira

Hero Stage: “Game investments in the age of the coronavirus” with Ryan McDermott of Resolute Partners Group

​1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Boss Stage: “Facebook creative testing: Why the control is so hard to beat” with Brian Bowman, CEO of Consumer Acquisition (solo discuss)

Hero Stage: “Using AI for game testing,” with PinkLion CEO Jennifer Bonine (solo discuss)

​2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Boss Stage: “Console cycles: The old, the new, and the future” with Rob Dyer, chief working officer at Capcom, moderated by Mike Vorhaus of Vorhaus Advisors

​Hero Stage: “Bulletproofing your brand strategy in the age of influencers” with Doron Nir, CEO of StreamElements

​2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Boss Stage: “What to expect in early-stage fundraising” with David Gardner of London Venture Partners; Gregory Milken of March Capital Partners; and Shanti Bergel of Transcend Fund; moderated by David Chang of Asmodee Digital

​2:30 p.m. – -3:00 p.m.

Hero Stage: “Industry-facing game education – A Snapshot of the USC Games program” with Richard Lemarchand, Associate Professor at USC Games Program, moderated by Brandon Sheffield of Necrosoft Games

​3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Hero Stage: Series A/B Panel with Phil Sanderson of Griffin Gaming Partners; Michael Cheung of Makers Fund; moderated by Eric Goldberg of Crossover Technologies

3:45 pm – Four p.m. Hero Stage break

​3:15 p.m. – Four p.m.

GamesBeat Summit Digital speakers: John Smedley, Glen Schofield, and Jessica Chobot

Above: Mihai Pohontu of Samsung at GamesBeat Summit 2016.

Image Credit: Michael O’Donnell/VentureBeat

Boss Stage: “How Thatgamecompany enabled a wholesome community in Sky” with Jenova Chen, Co-Founder of Thatgamecompany

​4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Boss Stage: “Building out charity in the games space” with Stephen Machuga of Stack-Up

​Hero Stage: “Your Gamer DNA” with Chethan Ramachandran, CEO of Skillprint; moderated by Keisha Howard of Sugar Gamers

​4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Boss Stage: Fireside Chat with Peter Akemann, CEO at Skydance Interactive

​Hero Stage: “The Realities of crossplay and managing live services” with Jesse Houston, CEO of Phoenix Labs; moderated by Dean Takahashi

​5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Boss Stage: “The Constant of Creativity” with Glen Schofield, Founder of Striking Distance Studios

​Hero Stage: “External Development Stories” with Mihai Pohontu, CEO of Amber Studios

​5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Connect with the neighborhood on-line. Join on-line Q&A, breakout classes, and take a look at enjoyable and new digital occasion expertise.

​Wednesday, April 29, 2020

GamesBeat Summit Digital speakers: John Smedley, Glen Schofield, and Jessica Chobot

Above: Andrea Rene, on-camera host, producer & author for “What’s Good Games”

Image Credit: What’s Good Games

8:00 a.m.

Women in Gaming Virtual Breakfast, Presented by Niantic. Speakers embrace Kellee Santiago of Niantic, Nonny de la Peña of Emblematic Group, and Elizabeth Howard of Aspyr

​9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Boss Stage: Opening remarks — Mike Minotti, evaluations editor at GamesBeat

​10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Boss Stage: “The future of influencer marketing” with Mari Takahashi of Smosh Games; Joshua Ovenshire of Arcade Cloud; moderated by Andrea Rene of What’s Good Games

​Hero Stage: “How to run a great writers room” with Adam Foshko of HBO; moderated by Mark Long of HBO

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Boss Stage: “Recapturing the history of games,” Josh Tsui of Ten Point Oh and Blake Harris, writer of Console Wars and A History of the Future; moderated by Dean Takahashi

Hero Stage: Lightning spherical talks

“Play with My Emotions: A Case for (more) Romance & Sex in Games’ with Zsuzsa James, Team Finland Coordinator for Video Games & Esports; Andrew Maximov, CEO of Promethean AI; Barry Jenkins, CEO of Primal Space Systems and Instant Interactive

​11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Boss Stage: “Why gaming will be at the center of the future entertainment universe” with Josh Yguado, Co-Founder & President of Jam City, moderated by Amy Allison of Skydance

​Hero Stage: Fireside Chat with Elan Lee, cofounder of Exploding Kittens; moderated by Theresa Duringer of Temple Gates Games

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

GamesBeat Summit Digital speakers: John Smedley, Glen Schofield, and Jessica Chobot

Above: Theresa Duringer is founding father of Temple Gates Games.

Image Credit: Temple Gates Games

Boss Stage: “Experiencing technical difficulty” with Mitch Lasky of Benchmark Capital; moderated by Eric Goldberg of Crossover Technologies

​11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Hero Stage: “How game developers can adapt to the world after COVID-19,” with Renee Gittins, Executive Director of IGDA, moderated by Justin Berenbaum of Xsolla

​12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Boss Stage: Fireside Chat with Bernard Kim of Zynga; moderated by Patrick Shanley of The Hollywood Reporter

​12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Breakout classes, Networking Roundtables, Slack Q&A, Community Discussion

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Boss Stage: “Gaming has always paved the way in mobile and user acquisition” with Paul Muller, CTO of Adjust; moderated by Dean Takahashi

Hero Stage: “The EVE Effect” with Hilmar Pétursson, CEO of CCP

1:30 p.m – 2:00 p.m.

Boss Stage: “The Metaverse is Coming” with Philip Rosedale of High Fidelity; Matthew Ball of Epyllion Industries; Raph Koster of Playable Worlds; Frederic Descamps of Manticore Games; moderated by Sam Englebardt of Galaxy Interactive

Hero Stage: “The mainstreaming of esports,” panel together with Mark Chang, head of gaming and esports at Intel

​2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Boss Stage: Fireside chat with Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus

Hero Stage: “Strategies for mental wellness in gaming,” audio system John Smedley of Amazon Studios; Mark Chandler of The International Game Summit for Mental Health; and Eve Crevoshay of Take This.

​2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Boss Stage: “The real world games of the future: Designing AR/Geospatial/Purposeful games,” with Greg Borrud of Niantic (solo discuss)

​Hero Stage: “Diversity and inclusion: How to create virtual and accessible resources for marginalized communities during a pandemic/in the face of uncertainty,” with Nika Nour, Executive Director of IGDA Foundation, moderated by gaming character Jessica Chobot

​3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

GamesBeat Summit Digital speakers: John Smedley, Glen Schofield, and Jessica Chobot

Above: Bing Gordon spoke on the Golden Age of Gaming on the 14th DICE Awards.

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Boss Stage: Fireside Chat with Neil Young, CEO of N3twork, moderated by Bing Gordon of Kleiner Perkins

Hero Stage: Blockchain panel with Sebastian Borget of The Sandbox; Peter Kieltyka of Horizon Blockchain Games; and Eric Schiermeyer of Blockchain Game Partners; Taehoon Kim, CEO of nWay; moderated by James Zhang of Concept Art House

​3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Breakout classes, Networking Roundtables, Slack Q&A, Community Discussion

​3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Boss Stage: “Games M&A: Open for business” with Michael Chang of NCSoft; Chris Petrovic of Zynga; Nick Tuosto of LionTree; and Affan Butt of Aream & Co.; moderated by Mark Stevens of Fenwick & West LLP

​Hero Stage: Asia Gaming Panel with Bill Wang of Giant Network; Amy Huang of Mattel163; Cynthia Du of Cocos; Jeff Lyndon of iDreamSky; moderated by Lisa Cosmas Hanson of Niko Partners ​

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Boss Stage: “Working backward from the players: Amazon’s approach to games,” with Mike Frazzini, vice chairman of Amazon, moderated by Dean Takahashi

Hero Stage: “Player behavior: Your secret growth tool,” with Carlos Figueiredo of Two Hat Security, Clara Siegal of Facebook, and Kim Voll of Stray Bombay; moderated by Kate Edwards of The Global Game Jam

​4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

GamesBeat Summit Digital speakers: John Smedley, Glen Schofield, and Jessica Chobot

Above: Danny Bilson is head of USC Games.

Image Credit: USC

Boss Stage: Singtel

​Hero Stage: Fireside Chat with Danny Bilson, Chair, Interactive Media, Games Division at USC​

5:15 pm – 5:45 pm

Boss Stage: To be introduced

​Hero Stage: To be introduced

​5:45 p.m.

Connect with the neighborhood on-line. Join on-line Q&A, breakout classes, and take a look at enjoyable and new digital occasion expertise.