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Who would have thought that 30 years after the publication of Neal Stephenson’s sci-fi novel Snow Crash – the book that coined the term metaverse – that one of the bestselling nonfiction books of 2022 (The Metaverse, by Matthew Ball) would be about real technology behind the metaverse?
And I never would have thought that we could get Stephenson, who finally started his own metaverse company Lamina1, would appear as a speaker at the same GamesBeat Summit Next 2022 conference along with that fellow metaverse author Ball, who is opening our online preview session on Monday (the online program runs 9:55 am to 11 am on Monday, and the in-person event takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday in San Francisco; you can use the code Dean50 for 50% off).
We have a lot of exciting sessions that echo this theme on science fiction becoming real. I hope you’ll notice that many of these links lead to our past coverage of these people and the stories that led them to being on our stage next week.
Gaming, of course
Of course, it’s not all about sci-fi. We’ll have plenty of talk about real games, like The Sims maker Maxis teaming with Overwolf to do user-generated content, Bain‘s predictions about the gaming market, YouTube Gaming’s Katherine DeLeon talking about GenZ and Samsung talking about cloud gaming.
We’ll also hold a gathering of women at our fifth Women In Gaming breakfast and our second one with actual food. Rachel Kaser will moderate a panel at the breakfast with Latoya Peterson of Glow Up Games, Tammy McDonald of Griffin Gaming Partners, and Beryl Li of Yield Guild Games.
The open metaverse
Neal Stephenson is cofounder of Lamina1 and author of Snow Crash.There is nothing more meta than Neal Stephenson starting a metaverse company to foster …