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VentureBeat names GamesBeat speakers

High-profile speakers named for San Francisco event, taking place on March 24

VentureBeat has announced the speaker line-up for this year's GamesBeat Conference, set to take place on March 24, at the Mission Bay Conference Centre in San Francisco.

GamesBeat 2009 is focused on the business of games, with top speakers including SOE's president, John Smedley, 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling, Creative Artists Agency head Seamus Blakely and Bing Gordon of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

"The line-up of speakers is a testament to the game industry's interest in having an event focused entirely on business, especially in this environment where games are still growing but the economic climate is tough," said Dean Takahashi, lead writer, digitalmedia for VentureBeat and the event's organiser.

"We're going to have a wide spectrum of start-ups, established leaders and the venture and finance communities all in one place for the first time ever."

Other notable speakers includes N'Gai Croal, Jamil Moledina, Alex St.John, and Neil Young of ngmoco.

The full line-up of speakers at GamesBeat 2009 follows:

  • Seamus Blackey, Creative Artists Agency
  • Susan Bonds, 42 Entertainment
  • Joel Brodie, Gamezebo
  • Lars Buttler, Trion World Network
  • Tim Chang, Norwest Venture Partners
  • Susan Choe, Outspark
  • Brett Close, 38 Studios
  • N'Gai Croal, Newsweek
  • Gareth Davis, Facebook
  • David Edery, Author "Changing the Game"
  • Jay Eum, Translink Capital
  • Dennis Fong, Raptr
  • Nick Fortugno, Rebel Monkey
  • Mark Friedler, Worlds and Games
  • Bing Gordon, Kleiner Perkins
  • Graham Hopper, Disney Interactive Studios
  • Jameson Hsu, Mochi Media
  • Richard Huddy, Advanced Micro Devices
  • Geoff Keighley, Spike TV
  • John Keefer, Crispy Gamer
  • Amy Jo Kim, Shufflebrain
  • Mitch Lasky, Benchmark Capital
  • Jeremy Liew, Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Jamil Moledina, Electronic Arts Partners
  • Jason Oberfest, MySpace
  • Michael Pachter, Wedbush Morgan Securities
  • Rajat Paharia, Bunchball
  • Mark Pincus, Zynga
  • Shervin Pishevar, Social Gaming Network
  • Janice Roberts, Mayfield Fund
  • John Rizzo, Zeebo
  • Curt Schilling, 38 Studios
  • Colin Sebastian, Lazard Capital Markets
  • John Smedley, Sony Online Entertainment
  • Rahul Sood, HP’s VoodooPC Division
  • Alex St. John, Wild Tangent
  • Bernard Stolar, Sony and Sega
  • Randy Stude, PC Gaming Alliance
  • Gus Tai, Trinity Ventures
  • Tony Tamasi, Nvidia
  • Alex Terry, NeoEdge Networks
  • Michel Tombroff, Softkinetic
  • Neil Young, ngmoco
  • Gabe Zichermann, rmbrME
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