Putting Gamers and Their Rights at the Center


Mike Wagner
Star Atlas, CFA, CEO

Michael Wagner, CFA, CEO of Star Atlas, is a serial entrepreneur and founder with a formal background in capital markets analysis, economics, and valuation methods. He has founded multiple companies centered around the emerging blockchain and cryptocurrency industry, the most recent of which is Star Atlas. Collectively, he possesses 10+ years in capital markets analysis, holds his Chartered Financial Analyst designation, 7+ years in blockchain, 24+ years in gaming, and 5+ years in executive leadership.

Miko Matsumura
gumi Cryptos Capital, General Partner

Miko is a General Partner with gCC Gumi Cryptos Capital, a Silcon Valley investment fund with over $400M in assets including early-stage investments in unicorns like OpenSea, Yield Guild Games, Celsius Network, VEGA Protocol, Qredo and 1Inch Network. Miko fell in love with open source software 25 years ago as chief Developer Evangelist for the Java Programming Language and Platform at Sun Microsystems. Since then he has been building open source software startups in Silicon Valley including raising over $50 million in venture capital for developer platform companies such as Gradle and financial infrastructure companies like Hazelcast and has participated in multiple exits including INFRAVIO, webMethods, and Db4O. He is an advisor in successful startups like Celsius (CeFi Lending), Idle Finance (DeFi Yield Aggregator), Pundi X (Payments), and KEYLESS (ID infrastructure). He holds a Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Yale University where he worked on abstract computational neural networks.

The first wave of blockchain games weren’t impressive. Launched amid crypto scams, overhype, complexity, and regulatory fears – they weren’t fun. But game startups like Star Atlas are making triple-A games with more refined approaches to the market. And they’re ready to explain that their focus on gamers is what leads them to NFT technology. Is true ownership not much different from being able to sell your used games in the past, and isn't selling tokens akin to launching games with Kickstarter campaigns? Can they convince gamers that decentralization, resales, and true ownership are good for them? Or will gamers stay happily working for game publishers like serfs toiling for the lord of the manor?