Snow Crash author Neal Stephenson joins GamesBeat Summit Next speaker roster

by | Sep 13, 2022 | Technology

Interested in learning what’s next for the gaming industry? Join gaming executives to discuss emerging parts of the industry this October at GamesBeat Summit Next. Register today.

We’re excited that our special guest speaker for GamesBeat Summit Next 2022 on October 25-26 in San Francisco will be Neal Stephenson, author of the novel Snow Crash and the science fiction thinker who first coined the term metaverse.

This is a dreamy day for us geeks at GamesBeat, but it’s also relevant to the world, as Stephenson is cofounder of the blockchain gaming platform startup Lamina1. And he has also become an advocate for the open metaverse, as it looks like the metaverse is going to graduate from sci-fi to reality. In fact, McKinsey estimated the metaverse will be worth $5 trillion by 2030.

Waves of hype always crash into the game industry, but we never know if they’re going to get our feet wet or be tidal waves that change the whole industry. GamesBeat Summit Next 2022 will examine the next big opportunities in a disciplined way with the industry’s thought leaders. You can use the discount code Dean50 to get 50% off the ticket price for a limited time.

You don’t want to get FOMO about our event on the emerging parts of gaming that could turn into the next big markets. Our major subthemes will focus on key areas and how they will grow in the post-pandemic world. Those subthemes include the metaverse, user-generated content and the creator economy, influencers and the upheavals in marketing, nonfungible tokens and cryptocurrency, emerging markets, subscriptions and cloud gaming and the changing infrastructure of games. And as always, we will look at deal-making and the financial trends in gaming.

Neal Stephenson

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