LA Games Conference Draws Big Names

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LA Games Conference ( to be held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles on April 28 - 29, 2009, will feature many of today’s most successful, multi-platform companies representing the latest emerging business models shaping the gaming industry.

The LA Games conference focuses on the evolution of the business of gaming and multimedia. Leading representatives of major Television and Film studios will present how they navigate this new landscape, and gaming companies will show the latest in console, mobile, online and PC gaming. What is next in the popular music games genre with titles such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band? Will iPhone gaming finally lead to mobile gaming becoming a mass-market phenomenon? Is there room for a new game console in the digital living room? What is cloud-gaming and what will it mean for the traditional gaming business? How can traditional media companies incorporate gaming into their business model? Is gaming on social networks such as Facebook and MySpace the next big thing? What is next for MMOGs like World of Warcraft and Virtual Worlds such as Habbo Hotel?

Side by side with top gaming business executives and creatives, some of the most compelling and innovative speakers and companies across the gaming landscape appearing at the event include:

Nolan Bushnell, Founder, Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, CEO, uWink and Chairman, NeoEdge

One of the founding fathers of the video game industry and the man behind Atari, Bushnell basically developed the first gaming console. Historically, Bushnell gave Steve Jobs his first real job and paved the way for a generation of Silicon Valley companies. "One of the 50 men that changed America" will reveal his thoughts about new game consoles like Nintendo Wii and the new landscape of gaming.

David Roberts, CEO, PopCap Games

A leading casual gaming developer and publisher, based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2000 by John Vechey, Brian Fiete and Jason Kapalka. PopCap’s games have been downloaded more than 1 billion times. PopCap’s success is the casual gaming space that has been born out of the vision of turning everyone into gamers. Popcap is one of the few companies who saw a rise in sales during 2008, which has caused intrigue in the search for a recession-proof business model.

Mike Yuen, Sr. Director, Games Services, Qualcomm

Qualcomm was founded in 1985 and has just invested in a new wireless 3G game console for developing countries called Zeebo. Rather than be aimed at the saturated U.S. gaming market, they target middle-class gamers in emerging markets like Brazil, Russia, India and China, and it only plays downloadable games, in order to combat the piracy of disc-based games.

Mitch Lasky, General Partner, Benchmark Capital

Mitch has spent more than two decades in the mobile gaming, new media and interactive entertainment business. Prior to joining Benchmark Capital, Mitch served as executive vice president of Mobile and Online at Electronic Arts.

These companies and executives join over 200 decision-makers, creatives, analysts, press and leading professional gamers. Speakers include:

  • Nolan Bushnell, Founder, Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, CEO, uWink and Chairman, NeoEdge Networks
  • Mitch Lasky, General Partner, Benchmark Capital
  • David Roberts, CEO, PopCap Games
  • Mike Yuen, Sr. Director, Games Services, Qualcomm
  • John Kavanagh, SVP, Interactive / Head of Games, Paramount Pictures
  • Gareth Davis, Platform Manager, Facebook
  • Spencer Hunt, VP, Game Production & Digital Product Development, Sony Pictures TV Int’l
  • Kuk Yi, Managing Director, Best Buy Capital
  • Bill Young, Western Region Sales Director, Electronic Arts
  • Jason Oberfest, SVP of Business Development, MySpace
  • Reuben Steiger, CEO, Millions of Us
  • Robert Norton, Managing Director, North America,
  • Jana Friedman, SVP of Worldwide Advertising Sales, Double Fusion
  • David Reitman, VP, Content & Ent. Practice, Switch and Data
  • Kate Connally, Vice President, AddictingGames/MTV Networks
  • Bill Kispert, VP, Interactive, NBC Interactive
  • Jesse Redniss, Vice President, USA Network Digital
  • Eric Goldberg, Managing Director, Crossover Technologies
  • Nick Williams, Director, Media & Entertainment Insights, OTX Research
  • Anu Shukla, Founder and CEO, Offerpal Media
  • Scott Scherer, VP of Product Management, Hands-on Mobile
  • Michael Rubinelli, SVP of Game Development, Genius Products
  • George Kurtyka, 3P Account Manager, Nokia
  • Nash Parker, Director, Emerging Technology & Media, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Braden Moulton, Senior Manager Partner Development, Massive (Microsoft)
  • Michael Chang, CEO & Co-Founder, Greystripe
  • Vijay Rao, VP, Director of Open Planning, Optimedia US
  • Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
  • Nichole Goodyear, CEO & Co-Founder, Brickfish
  • Bob Ferrari, VP, Publishing & Bus. Dev., Sanrio Digital
  • Michael Cai, Vice President, Video Games, Interpret
  • Kyu Lee, President, Gamevil
  • Kyle Laughlin, Senior Director, Yahoo! Games
  • Dave Long, CEO/Co-Founder, Exponential Entertainment, Inc.
  • Matt Palmer, EVP & GM, Stardoll Network
  • Jim Drewry, Executive Director of Marketing, Turbine
  • Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors
  • Teemu Huuhtanen, President, N.A., Sulake Inc. (Habbo)
  • Matthew Bellows, VP, Consumer Strategy, Vivox
  • Ryan Barkan, Senior Director of Advertising & Video Games, Primary Wave Music Publishing
  • Michael Rosenberg, COO, Future Ads
  • Jay Baage, VP of Content, Digital Media Wire
  • Ned Sherman, CEO and Publisher, Digital Media Wire

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