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Shawnee State to host 2018 Shawnee Game Conference

Conference Date:

November 2, 2018

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Shawnee State University will be hosting the 2018 Shawnee Game Conference (SGC) starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 2.

The SGC is devoted to all aspects of gaming, game design, simulation and immersive technology. The 2018 conference will be the 16th gaming conference held at SSU to showcase the best work of students, alumni, and industry professionals through interactive sessions, displays, and tournament competition.

Industry professionals include, Marcus Cenci (Principal Outsource Manager of Deep Silver Volition), Bastien Lecouffe Deharme (Assistant Professor of Fine, Digital & Performing Arts at SSU, Illustrator for Magic: The Gathering), Troy Knight (Founder & CEO of BLDY-25, Co-Founder & Co-Chair of East Coast Game Conference, and Co-Founder of Triangle Game Initiative), Zac Pierce (Lead Developer for BOMBFEST), Chris Volpe (President & Founder of Multivarious Games, Executive Director & President of GDEX, and Founder of Ohio Game Developer Association), and George Zeits (Lead Designer for Inxile Entertainment).

Industry professionals bring a wealth of knowledge to the conference every year with talks about computer science, character design, animation, production, development, and much more.

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Timothy Aldridge, Senior Director of Game Mods/UGC (User Generated Content), Twitch. For almost the last two years, Aldridge has lead game modes/gam UGC initiative where he is responsible for the game mod platform, CurseForge. Before coming to Twitch, Aldridge was the Director of Web for the Curse App and built Gamepedia at Curse. He started out modding StarCraft before jumping to Neverwinter Nights, and recently Stardew Valley. Aldridge’s passion is to help developers bring their creations to the world. His talk will focus on the theme of “Making Your Game a Success with Twitch.”

Other events taking place on conference day include the SGC show floor, which features vendors, video games, and project booths. There will also be an Artist Alley where participants can check out and purchase prints and other artwork. Several competitions will be taking place. A League of Legends Open tournament is hosted by ShawneeGG Club. The Varsity Rocket League Tournament, hosted by SSU’s eSports team and sponsored by ViewSonic Gaming.

There will also be two Game Design Competitions; one for high school students and another for SSU students. First place winner for the SSU student competition will receive a grand prize of $1,000 provided by the Shawnee Student Research Experience Fund. The monies were donated to SSU’s Development Foundation collected during the 2005 President’s Gala.

Registration fees from Sept. 8 through Oct. 26 are $20 for teachers and students, and $30 for general admission. Late Registration fees will be $25 for students and teachers, and $35 for public admission after Oct. 26 through Nov. 1. On-site registration will be available on the day of the conference at $39 for student and teachers and $49 for general admission.

All enrolled SSU students may attend SGC for free, but must register for the event by Oct. 1 at the McKinley Box Office in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the McKinley Box Office at (740) 351-3600.

The Holiday Inn located in Portsmouth, Ohio is offering a discount for participants who will need lodging accommodations. Call in your reservations and mention SGC 2018.

The 2018 SGC is made possible through MSI, the world’s leading gaming brand and most trusted name in gaming and eSports, and ECGC (East Coast Game Conference), the largest gathering of video game professionals on the east coast. To learn more about MSI, go to us.msi.com, and to learn more about ECGC, go to ecgconf.com.

Additional information about the 2018 SGC can be found online at shawneegamecon.com.

For questions about the conference, please contact Travis Lynn, Conference Chair, at tlynn@shawnee.edu or Jennifer Schackart, Conference Coordinator, at jschackart@shawnee.edu.

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