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Saturday, March 9 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Indy Gaming: Why Publishers Must Evolve or Die

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The video game business is currently undergoing an upheaval similar to the one that shook the movie business in the 1970s. Enabled by new technologies and new platforms, independently produced and distributed games are no longer just a sideshow to the main attraction coming from the incumbent console publishers; rather, these indy games are competing directly and successfully with mainstream games for audience and dollars, and they are putting tremendous pressure on the incumbent publishers to evolve or die. This session will examine the rise of the new independent game paradigm and focus on the central problem facing the business: what is the nature of publishing in a highly-distributed, low-friction online gaming world?
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Roy Bahat

ChairmanOUYA IncWorking on a new thing. OUYA backer zero and, now, chairman. Ran IGN Entertainment at News Corporation for five years. Teaching the media course at Berkeley (Haas and Information School).
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Jenova Chen

Founderthatgamecompanya.k.a. Xinghan Chen or 陈星汉
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Ben Cousins

GMDeNABen Cousins is a games industry veteran with more than 13 years of experience and in 2013 he started developing his ninth free-to-play game. At DeNA’s Stockholm-based Scattered Entertainment studio he is leading a team developing freemium mobile games aimed at core console... Read More →
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Mitch Lasky

General PartnerBenchmarkMitch Lasky has spent more than two decades in the mobile gaming, new media and interactive entertainment business. Prior to joining Benchmark, Mitch served as executive vice president of Mobile and Online at Electronic Arts. Previously, he was chairman and... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Palmer Events Center, Room 4-5

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