GamesBeat 2012 Speakers So Far

GamesBeat's Dean Takahashi has revealed some of the speakers participating in the fourth annual GamesBeat event in July.

Probably the most notable is Will Wright, creator of The Sims, SimCity, and Spore. Wright left EA's Maxis to form two different companies – his transmedia think tank Stupid Fun Club and a new studio called Hive Mind. Wright is working on a new project that focuses on a concept he calls "personal gaming," where a game can be tailored to the preferences of the person playing it in a number of different ways. No doubt he'll be talking about both of these companies and more during the two-day event.

Takahashi says that GamesBeat 2012 will revolve the themes of "disruption, change and innovation in the video game market." He also noted that this year’s conference will be expanded to include topics about the big changes in the social, online, mobile and core video game markets.

The list of speakers putting on presentations at GamesBeat 2012 includes:

-Bing Gordon, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
-Peter Relan, founder and chairman of YouWeb and CEO of CrowdStar
-Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle and chief marketing officer at Rovio
-Seamus Blackley, president and co-founder of Innovative Leisure
-Tim Chang, managing director at the Mayfield Fund
-Tim Merel, managing director at Digi-Capital
-Atul Bagga, senior equity research analyst at Lazard Capital Markets
-Mitch Lasky, general partner at Benchmark Capital
-David Perry, CEO of Gaikai

Finally, Takahashi notes that GamesBeat 2012 will be co-located with the fifth annual MobileBeat conference, with both events having a number of congruent themes and overlapping sessions. A discounted joint pass that allows for full access to both events is available.

By the time GamesBeat 2012 begins Takahashi expects to have more than 60 speakers for the event.

For more details, check out this GamesBeat article. The event will be at the Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco on July 10-11.

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