As it’s rare to have everyone in one place, during trade shows I host a (non-business) lunch and invite about 6 very special guests from the video game industry.
By carefully choosing interesting people, as you can imagine the conversation gets very potent.
I’ve allowed a few press to come and listen in the past, they have been incredibly respectful and so they are welcome back year after year.
It has a TED conference vibe, there’s no pitching, no selling, no press questions, it’s just a really interesting conversation over a nice lunch. (Beats trade-show food, that’s for certain!)
For lack of a better name, I call it “Lunch with Luminaries”.
Previous attendees have included:
Tim Schafer, Randy Pitchford, Brendan Iribe, Cliff “Cliffy-B” Blezinski, Michael Frazzini, Michael Gallagher, Neil Young, Peter Molyneux, Phil Harrison. Chris Taylor, Raph Koster, Will Wright, Warren Spector, Rob Pardo, Brian Fargo, Mark Cerny, Roy Bahat, Kristian Segerstrale & Rich Hilleman.
The moderator (when available) is Gary Whitta.