GameFest Symposium, featuring Jonathan Mintz


GameFest Symposium, featuring Jonathan Mintz

Sage Auditorium

April 29, 2017 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The April 29 program will open with an eSports Competition—a professional competitive gaming competition—that will be live-streamed on Twitch.TV, running from noon to 1:30 p.m. Rensselaer’s eSports community will present an Overwatch scrimmage between rival teams from Rensselaer and the University of Albany. The 6v6 competition will feature live commentary by Electronic Gaming Federation certified announcers and will be streamed live from the VAST Lab to the Sage Auditorium.  

Rensselaer graduate Jonathan Mintz ’04, senior designer at Harmonix, will deliver the keynote talk focused on the theme, “The Space Between Galaxies: Charting New Frontiers in Game Design.” Following the keynote talk, a panel discussion will take place, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Along with Mintz, panelists include several notable Rensselaer alumni and alumnae from the GSAS program, which was established in 2007. Panelists include: Jennifer Ash ’08, lead UI/UX designer at Bungie Studios; Zach Barth ’08, founder of Zachtronics; and Ian Stead ’04, lead game designer at 1st Playable Productions.

GameFest will culminate with an awards ceremony from 3:30 to 4 p.m., hosted by Velan Studios, a new development studio founded by brothers Guha and Karthik Bala ’97.

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