Chris Swain, Director, USC Games Institute, will highlight why it’s a
great time to be in game development Friday, Nov. 6 at IGC West, a
Game Path event for indie studios and those seeking a career in game
development, at the Marina
del Rey Marriott.
In addition to being Director of the USC Games Institute, Swain is
co-author of the book Game Design Workshop. Swain was co-founder
of the Electronic Arts Game Innovation Lab at USC and he has developed
game research projects in academia for institutions that include the
National Science Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Annenberg Center.
Swain has also mentored dozens of students and hundreds of student
games. While lead advisor on three USC student projects, the students’
works have been published by major publishers — fl0w for Sony
PlayStation, Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom for 2K Games, and Reflection
Before joining USC, Swain designed over 50 games and interactive
products for companies that include: Microsoft, Sony, Disney and Warner
Swain’s IGC West keynote, “Rise of the Indie – Why
Today is a Golden Time to be an Independent Developer and Strategies for
Maximizing the Impact of Your Work through Gameplay Innovation and
Creative Distribution” will take place Friday, Nov. 6 at 9:30
a.m. in the Palisades Room.
IGC West is also replacing its Programming track with the aptly-named The
Upside of the Downturn, a series of sessions designed to help
developers make the most of today’s challenging economic climate.
Other sessions will include:
Turning your Video Games Into Reality: How to Start a Game
A Group of Friends: Profit Sharing & Finding Solutions that Work
The Ugly Truth & the Uglier Lies: Why I Work so Hard to
Avoid a Job
PR and Marketing on a Shoestring: What You Can Get For Free
Finding a Job You Love: Where They Are & How to Find Them
Registration is now open for the IGC West Game Demo Night, where indie
developers can show off their art, design and programming skills to
publishers, peers and industry press.
Register for IGC West at http://www.igcwest.com.
Early Registration for the conference is $275 in advance for both days
(includes 15 percent web-only discount) and $165 for one day attendance.
At-the-door registration is $325 for both days and $195 for a single
student pricing is also available.
The conference will take place at the Marina
del Rey Marriott, Thursday – Friday, Nov. 5-6, 2009 and is produced
Path LLC, an independent conference and trade show management
Source: Business Wire