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The largest gathering of video game professionals on the East Coast WILL RETURN April 21-23, 2021


The East Coast Game Conference (ECGC), the largest gathering of video game professionals on the East Coast, returns for its twelfth year. The focus of the conference is to provide video game developers an engaging program and opportunities for networking and collaboration. In 2020, in addition to great keynote speakers, there will be plenty of networking opportunities with some of the greatest minds in the industry.

2020 T-shirt Competition Winner

May 8, 2020 – Although the conference was canceled, ECGC and Triangle Game Initiative wants to recognize the winner of this year’s t-shirt design competition.

Congratulations to Kim Lanham! Her design has been chosen for the 2020 ECGC T-shirt. She will receive a pair of VIP tickets to the 2021 East Coast Game Conference and two t-shirts featuring her artwork.

Watch for your opportunity to purchase these limited edition 2020 the year without a conference t-shirts, at our 2021 event, scheduled April 20th-22nd.

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March 13, 2020, 11:05am – After careful consideration and guidance from North Carolina government and health officials regarding the health and safety of everyone in our global community, Triangle Game Initiative has made the difficult decision to cancel 2020 East Coast Game Conference (ECGC), scheduled for April 7-9.

Following increasing and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this conference, but we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have from Governor Roy Cooper’s office. Our attendees’ health, and that of their families and associates, is more important than any event.

Our team will be reaching out directly to exhibitors and attendees with information about providing refunds shortly. We look forward to begin planning for next year and catching up with everyone April 20-22, 2021.

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ECGC 2020 keynote

Wim Stocks, CEO WorldGaming & Collegiate StarLeague

Wim Stocks has been a progressive leader in the online gaming and esports businesses since 1990. From 2001 to 2006, Wim was Executive Vice President of the “new” Atari Inc. (a roll-up and amalgam of Hasbro Interactive, Infogrames, and GT Interactive), leading and managing one of the broadest-reaching interactive entertainment publishing networks in the world. In 2006, Wim started an entrepreneurial online gaming publishing business named Elephant Entertainment, assuming the role of President and COO. In March 2008, the leading games publisher THQ purchased Elephant and Wim assumed the role of EVP and leader of the Online Gaming division and related digital gaming initiatives. In 2010, Wim was recruited to join the executive management team of Virgin Gaming (now WorldGaming) as Executive Vice President. In this role, Wim helped launch the company and platform in 2010, as well as developed strategic investor, technology, game publisher, retailer, and other brand partnerships. In April 2016, Wim was named CEO of WorldGaming & Collegiate StarLeague, which was acquired by Cineplex in the Fall of 2015 (a leading movie theater operator with diversification into gaming, location based entertainment, and other aligned entertainment and digital media businesses), and is presently leading the esports business, strategy, programming initiatives, sponsorship/partnership sales, and investor relations for the Company.

Wim currently serves as an Advisor to the Special Olympics International; an Advisor to Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and Ryerson University’s ‘Future of Sports Lab’; Board member of Wombo Sports, a sports/gaming influencer agency; Advisor and part of the ownership group of Andbox, parent company of the New York Excelsior (NYXL), the professional NYC-based franchise in the Overwatch League and the NY Subliners, professional NYC-based franchise in the Call of Duty League; is a Board Member of National Public Radio’s ‘Marketplace’ programming; and is also a Trustee and on the Board of Directors of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Wim is also Chairman of the Board of HPPS Ltd (a restaurant and real-estate holding company based in Minneapolis), and has also served on the boards of Allina/Abbott Northwestern Hospital, the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

ECGC 2020 keynote

Tom Abernathy, Studio Narrative Director ArenaNet 

Tom Abernathy is the Studio Narrative Director at ArenaNet, where he guides story development and execution on Guild Wars 2 and other projects. His major game credits include GW2, The Division, League of Legends, Crimson Alliance, Halo: Reach, The Saboteur, and Destroy All Humans! 1 & 2. A 20-year veteran of companies including Riot Games, Microsoft Studios, and the late, great Pandemic Studios, in 2009 Tom was named one of "The Gamasutra 20: Top Game Writers." His most recent film credit, Bad Country, was released in 2015 by Sony Pictures. You can follow his ill-advised ramblings on Twitter @tomabernathy.

ECGC 2020 has a variety of Summits and Tutorials to choose from. These events take place over a day, providing detailed focus on each topic. Grab a seat, come listen and learn from some of the best and brightest in the game development industries.


The winning designer will have their T-shirt printed and featured at this year’s East Coast Game Conference on April 7th-9th, 2020. As well as having your design featured, the winner will also receive two VIP tickets to attend the conference.



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