VentureBeat today announced its "big speakers" for its annual games industry focused GamesBeat event. GamesBeat 2014 takes place Sept. 15 and Sept. 16 (at the Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel) in San Francisco.
This year's headliners include Peter Molyneux, former creative director of Microsoft Games Europe, and founder of both Lionhead Studios and Bullfrog. Molyneux is currently the boss of development house 22cans. His game credits include Populous, Theme Park, Syndicate, Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper, Black & White, and the Fable series. His most recent game is the god sim Godus.
Also headlining the two-day show is Geoff Keighley, the host of Spike’s GTTV and the executive in charge of game publisher relations at Spike TV. He is scheduled to moderate a session with Molyneux called "What Godus has taught me about game design and monetization."
Clive Downie, the chief operating officer of Zynga will also be participating in this year's event. He will join GamesBeat's Dean Takahashi for a fireside chat called "Building enduring franchises in a hits driven business."
Finally, David Helgason, chief executive and cofounder of Unity Technologies, will open the conference with a fireside chat on "The future of game platforms and indie gaming."
Previously announced speakers include Jonathan Simpson-Bint, chief revenue officer at Twitch; Malathi Nayak, reporter for Reuters; Bob Meese, global head of game business development at Google Play; Lucy Bradshaw, senior vice president of the Maxis label at Electronic Arts; Rachel Franklin, the general manager of The Sims Studio at EA; Rick Thompson, the chairman of Signia Ventures; Chris DeWolfe, the chief executive of SGN; Phil Sanderson, a game-savvy partner at IDG Ventures; Peter Levin, the president of interactive ventures and games at Lionsgate; Mike Gallagher, the president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association; Jens Begemann, the chief executive of Wooga; Mitch Lasky, a general partner at Benchmark and an investor in Riot Games and Natural Motion; John Riccitiello, former CEO of Electronic Arts; Evan Hirsch, the founder of Engine Co. No. 4; Alisa Chumachenko, the CEO of Moscow-based mobile game maker Game Insight; and Tim Chang, the managing director at the Mayfield Fund.