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Speaking at Virtual Goods Summit – 15% off code October 8, 2009

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I’m speaking at the Virtual Goods Summit on Oct 29-30th. I’m moderating an all star panel including Min Kim from Nexon, David Wallerstein from Tencent, Bill Wang from Perfect World and Dai Watanabe from DeNa. Between them, these four companies generate around $1bn in annual revenues through virtual goods sales. So we should be able to learn something from the discussion!

The full program is here.

If you’d like to join me at the summit use the code “LSVP” to get a 15% discount

$200 off Engage – Virtual Goods, Games and Social Media conference August 10, 2009

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I’m speaking on the VC panel at Engage Expo next month, Sept 23-24 in San Jose. I’m on at 1pm on Wed Sept 23.

The agenda is shaping up well – I’m looking forward to the social media and virtual goods tracks especially. This conference used to be called Virtual Worlds Expo, and I think the intersection of virtual worlds and social media is particularly interesting. Zynga’s Yeoville is the best example of a port of a virtual world to a social network, but arguably games like Restaurant City, Rockyou Pets, Farmtown and Farmville are all examples of asynchronous virtual worlds with a strong single player component overlay.

If you’re thinking about attending, use the discount code SPEAPERVIP SPEAKERVIP to save $200, and if you’re sure you’re going register before Aug 14th to get the early registration rate.

Social Gaming Summit coming up in June May 4, 2009

Posted by jeremyliew in conferences, games, games 2.0, gaming, social games, social gaming.
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Last years Social Gaming Summit was well received so Charles Hudson, David Sachs and I are doing it again this year. The Social Gaming Summit 2009 is a one day event focused on the intersection of games and the social web. This year’s event will focus on helping social games developers build, monetize, and grow their social games. We’re bringing together the leaders in free-to-play games, social networking, and payments infrastructure for a full day of panels and talks.

The event will be on June 23rd at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco.

I’m moderating a terrific panel with Mark Pincus from Zynga, Dan Yue from Playdom and Sebastien de Halleux of Playfish, the three biggest games publishers on social networks.

This will be the first time that Playdom has spoken at a conference. We’ve also got the first game conference appearance from Xiaonei (the Facebook of China) and Challenge Games, plus a few speakers that you won’t have heard speak much sharing their game industry expertise.

The rest of the agenda is shaping up really well, and we’re considering adding a separate track or day of practical workshops as well. Here is what it looks like so far:
8:30 AM to 9:20 AM Breakfast and Registration
Join your fellow attendees for a light breakfast and some pre-conference mingling. Register in advance to save money and time at check-in.

9:20 AM Welcome and Opening
Charles Hudson

9:30 AM Social Gaming Industry Overview and Update
Justin Smith, Inside Social Games

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM Panel: Building Social Games At Scale
Mark Pincus, Zynga
Dan Yue, Playdom
Sebastien de Halleux, Playfish
Moderator: Jeremy Liew, Lightspeed Venture Partners

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM Panel: Social Games – A Platform Perspective
Jason Oberfest, MySpace
Gareth Davis, Facebook
Andrew Sheppard, hi5
Joe Chen, Xiaonei

12:00-1:15 PM Lunch
We’ll have lunches available for everyone from Noon to 1:15 PM. Grab a bite and take advantage of the opportunity to catch up with friends, check your Blackberry, or recharge your batteries.

1:15-2:00 PM Panel: Monetization Infrastructure for Social Games
Erikka Arone, Zong
Adam Caplan, Super Rewards
Rob Goldberg, GMG Entertainment
Renata Dionello, PayPal

2:00-2:45 PM Panel: Customer Acquisition and Retention for Social Games
Jia Shen, RockYou
Anu Shukla, Offerpal Media
Greg Tseng, Tagged
James Currier, WonderHill
Moderator: Sean Ryan

2:45-3:15 PM Afternoon Break
Need caffeine? How about a cookie or a snack? We’ll have refreshments on hand to keep you going through the rest of the day.

3:15-4:00 PM Expert Talks
“Getting the Most Out of Your IP: Extend or Prepare to be Cloned” – David King, (Lil) Green Patch

4:00-4:45 PM Panel: Social Games in the Wild: Living Outside of Social Networks
Matt Mihaly, Sparkplay Media
Andrew Busey, Challenge Games
Jim Greer, Kongregate

4:45 PM Closing Remarks
Charles Hudson

5:00 PM Reception
After a full day of conference sessions and conversations, join the group for a beverage before you head out for the evening.

Early bird rates are available until May 23rd. If you’d like to come but early bird rates are all gone, use my registration code, JEREMYLIEW, to get a 15% discount.

Hope to see you there.

Next weeks games conferences March 18, 2009

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GDC is next week, and still focused on console and AAA PC games. I’m speaking at a couple of satellite gaming conferences that are more focused on online gaming, my area of investment interest.

On Sunday March 22nd I’m moderating an 11am panel on Marketing and Distributing Flash Games at the Flash Gaming Summit. Unfortunately this conference is already sold out.

On Tuesday March 24th I’m speaking on an 8:45am panel of VCs who invest in games at GamesBeat. Tickets are still available and you can use the discount code GBfriendVB to get a 15% discount.

If you’re at either conference, come say hi.

Great agenda for the Social Gaming Summit on Friday June 12, 2008

Posted by jeremyliew in conferences, digital goods, game design, game mechanics, games, games 2.0, gaming, social games, social gaming, virtual goods, virtual worlds.

I’m very excited about the Social Gaming Summit on Friday that I’m co-producing. The program looks fantastic:

10:00am What Makes Games Fun?
» Erik Bethke – CEO, GoPets
» Dr. Ian Bogost – Founding Partner, Persuasive Games
» Nicole Lazzaro – President, XEODesign, Inc.
» John Welch – Co-Founder, President & CEO, PlayFirst (Diner Dash)
» Me (Moderator)

11:00am Casual MMOs and Immersive Worlds
» Daniel James – CEO, Three Rings (Puzzle Pirates)
» Kyra Reppen – SVP and GM, NeoPets
» Min Kim – Vice President of Marketing, Nexon America
» Patrick Ford, VP Marketing and Community Development, K2 Networks
» Joey Seiler – Editor, Virtual Worlds News (Moderator)

1:30pm Asynchronous Games on Social Networks
» Siqi Chen – Founder, Serious Business (Friends for Sale)
» Blake Commagere – Founder and VP Engineering, Mogad (Monsters apps – Zombies, Vampires etc)
» Shervin Pishevar – CEO, Social Gaming Network
» Mike Sego – Developer, (fluff)Friends
» Andrew Chung – Principal, Lightspeed Venture Partners

2:30pm User Generated Games in Social Networks and Virtual Worlds

» Jeremy Monroe – Director of Business Development, Sports & Entertainment, North America, Sulake Inc. (Habbo Hotel)
» Ted Rheingold – Founder, Dogster and Catster
» Cary Rosenzweig – President and CEO, IMVU
» Craig Sherman – CEO, Gaia Online
» Dean Takahashi – Writer, Venture Beat (Moderator)

4:00pm Building Communities and Social Interaction In and Around Games
» Jim Greer – CEO, Kongregate
» Amy Jo Kim – CEO, Shufflebrain
» Mark Pincus – Founder and CEO, Zynga Game Network
» Dave Williams – SVP, Shockwave, AddictingGames
» Brandon Sheffield – Writer, Gamasutra (Moderator)

5:00pm Monetization and Business Models for Social Games

» Jameson Hsu – Co-Founder and CEO, Mochi Media
» Matt Mihaly – CEO and Creative Director, Sparkplay Media
» Mattias Miksche – CEO, Stardoll
» David Perry – CCO, Acclaim
» Ravi Mhatre – Managing Director, Lightspeed Venture Partners (Moderator)

Attendence is limited to 400 and it looks like it is going to be a full house. Hope to see some readers there!

Strong speaker line up at Social Gaming Summit on June 13th May 13, 2008

Posted by jeremyliew in conferences, game design, game mechanics, games, games 2.0, gaming, social games, social gaming.

Last week I mentioned that I’m speaking at Interplay Con on May 22nd.

Another great conference focused on social games is the Social Gaming Summit on June 13th, also in San Francisco. Lightspeed is the Platinum sponsor of this conference and we have been working closely with Charles Hudson and David Sachs to organize the event, invite speakers and so on. Here is the critical info:

What: Social Gaming Summit
Where: UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA
When: Friday, June 13th 2008
Register Here: http://socialgamingsummit.eventbrite.com/

Charles, David and I have been discussing the agenda for the past month or so and have settled on the following five panel topics as areas where there are emerging best practices that are not widely understood.

Casual MMOs and Immersive Worlds.

Asynchronous Games on Social Networks

Building Communities and Social Interaction In and Around Games

What Makes Games Fun?

Monetization and Business Models for Social Games

User-Generated Games in Social Networks

The aim of the conference is to have practitioners talking to practitioners, sharing real life lessons learned. We’ve chosen speakers who have live experience with launched games. Speakers include:

Respected game designers and theorists including Amy Jo Kim, Ian Bogost and Nicole Lazarro,

Developers of social network games including the teams from Friends For Sale, Zombies, (fluff) Friends, SGN and Zynga,

CEOs from casual games companies like Addicting Games, Playfirst, Kongregate and Mochi Media,

Leaders of virtual worlds and MMOs like Sparkplay, Habbo Hotel, Acclaim and Puzzle Pirates and

CEOs of communities like Dogster, IMVU, Gaia, Go Pets Live, NeoPets and Stardoll.

It should be a great conference.

Readers can use the code “LSVP” at checkout to save 15%. That discount is good for general admission and student tickets.

We hope to see you there!

Speaking at Interplay Conference about games and social networks on May 22nd May 8, 2008

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Reader of this blog will know that I have a high degree of interest in Social Games. There are a couple of social gaming conferences coming up in the next couple of months.

The first is Interplay which is being held on May 22nd at the Kabuki Hotel in San Francisco. It specifically is focused on games being played on social networks. Some of the topics that the conference plans to address include:

How will the companies in this space turn their momentum into sustainable business models?
How will the social network platforms react if and when they do?
The virtual economies represent large opportunities, but how does one exploit them, and what role can advertising play?

I’ll be speaking at the conference so hope to meet some readers there. Click here for a 25% discount to attend Interplay.

The second is the Social Gaming Summit which Lightspeed is sponsoring and that I am helping to organize with Charles Hudson and David Sachs. It isn’t until June 13th, so I’ll post more about that next week.

Conference Season is upon us October 1, 2007

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Well, we’re well and truly into the fall conference season. For readers who are interested, I’ll be speaking at the following conferences this month and next:

    Graphing Social Patterns in San Jose (Oct 7-9), focused on both the business and technical aspects of building apps for the Facebook platform.
    Widget Summit in San Francisco (Oct 15-16), focused on both the business and technical aspects of widgets
    ANZA Gateway to the US in San Jose (Oct 22-24), focused on bringing Australian and New Zealand startups to the US
    Digital Hollywood Fall in LA (Oct 29- Nov 1), focused on the future of media, creative content and advertising
    Defrag in Denver (Nov 5-6), focused on transforming information into layers of knowledge