April 18-20, 2023

The Largest Conference for Game Developers on the East Coast

Event Details

This year’s East Coast Game Conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center on April 18-20, 2023! Triangle Game Initiative, host of the event, is busy recruiting premier speakers and sponsors to make 2023 the biggest ever. We host seasoned developers, emerging Indies, and students looking to break into the game industry - and are looking forward to new entries in our 2023 juried game art contest and conference t-shirt design competition.

Speakers Representing ...

Atkins High School Game Design

Central Piedmont



Duke University

North Carolina Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System

North Carolina Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System

East Carolina University

East Carolina University

East Carolina University

Frascogna Law Group

George Mason University

Gumbo Collective, Inc.

High Point University

Marvelous Spiral Studios

West Virginia University

NCSU College of Design

Oak City Indie Games

Red Storm Entertainment | Ubisoft

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rowan University

Seventy First Classical Middle School

Sonic Toad Media

Sony San Diego Studios

Triangle Esports Academy

Triangle Interactive Arts Collective

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Wake Technical Community College

Purple t-shirt with ECGC contest design - girl with VR headset.

2023 T-Shirt Contest Winner

Congratulations to Phoebe Peak for her design! She will receive a pair of VIP tickets to the 2024 East Coast Game Conference and two t-shirts featuring her artwork.

Watch for your opportunity to purchase these limited edition 2023 t-shirts at our event!

Interested in the 2024 T-shirt contest? Check out the details. Deadline is March 25, 2024 @ 5PM.

Child's Play banner

Help Us Help Them

The East Coast Game Conference, held this year on April 18-20 in Raleigh, North Carolina, is raising money for the Child's Play charity, which helps children's hospitals and domestic violence shelters through the power of therapeutic play. The Child's Play booth is raising money for the UNC Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Come to the conference and check out the raffle at the booth to donate to this great charity. You will be able to donate money in person or through this donation page. Video game merchandise will be raffled away for the purchase of a ticket.  Raffles will be held at the Child's Play booth on Wednesday (4/19) and Thursday(4/20).  You must be present to win.

The Child's Play booth is sponsored in collaboration by Wake Tech Community College and William Peace University.

Want to know more about the UNC Children's Hospital? https://www.uncchildrens.org/uncmc/unc-childrens/

Child's Play Charity
9660 153rd Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Need help? info@childsplaycharity.org

2023 News

East Coast Game Conference was outrageous!

2023 Event Photos


A record # of speakers. Record # of tickets sold. Record attendance.

Here's 400+ photos from this year. Check them out - are you in one?

2023 Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to Christian Hsieh and Amber Johnson for winning the People's Choice 2023. They will receive a VIP pass to ECGC 2024. And congrats to all the other winners. They will receive conference passes to ECGC 2024.

  • 2D Game Art Student: Yonghao Li
  • 2D Game Art Professional: Alex Rodriguez
  • 3D Game Art Student: Olha Vasylchenko
  • 3D Game Art Professional: Alec Ziskind
  • Photogrammetry Student: Olha Vasylchenko
  • Photogrammetry Professional: Amber Johnson

2023 Newsletters

ECGC Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 7

ECGC Newsletter Vol 3, Issue 7

We started setting up at 7 AM this morning and will be ready to launch ECGC 2023 at 4 PM when the Expo opens. Speaker sessions begin at 5. Make sure you don't miss a single thing today! Preview the schedule, speakers, and sessions to get the greatest benefit from the conference. Don't miss the expo hall too. We've got terrific exhibitors and fun activities planned for the ...

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ECGC Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 6

ECGC Newsletter Vol 3, Issue 6

Are you ready to attend ECGC 2023? We are excited to see you. Whether you are a veteran attendee or this is your first time at East Coast Game Conference, we think you'll have a memorable experience. We're wrapping up preparation and wanted to spotlight a few things that you won't want to miss. 1) ECGC schedule is on the website. 2) The Digital Art Contest closes ...

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ECGC Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 5

ECGC Newsletter Vol 3, Issue 5

We've got some great news to share this week. We are excited to announce Jason McGuigan, head of Lenovo's Commercial Virtual Reality, as our second keynote. Phoebe Peak's art was chosen as the ECGC 2023 t-shirt design winner. Meet Eli, Derald, Randy, Steph, Jesse, and Bonnie in this week's Speaker Spotlight. Our social media director, Kenly Simmons, is graduating soon ...

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ECGC Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 4

ECGC Newsletter Vol 3, Issue 4

The countdown to ECGC 2023 continues. This week we announce our Thursday night after party at Zenith Raleigh and share a testimonial of successful networking at last year's conference. We spotlight three narrative track speakers and Max Litinov who will share, "Into the Fray". We want to remind artists that the t-shirt design contest (and a chance for a pair of ...

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ECGC Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 3

ECGC Newsletter Vol 3, Issue 3

We are excited to announce BAZ LLC as the sponsor of the ECGC's VR Village. This newsletter issue also spotlights four more speakers as well as provides information on tickets, booth space, and contests. Join Baz founder, Jeff Basladynski, as he showcases free-to-play VR arcade games and promotes VR gaming. Experience new ways to have fun and see what the current ...

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ECGC Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 2

ECGC Newsletter Vol 3, Issue 2

Video games are changing the future, and Keisha Howard wants to ensure everyone has a voice in that conversation. A futurist, entrepreneur, and two-time TEDx Speaker, Keisha recognizes the potential for video games to transcend their role as entertainment and become a mechanism for inspiration and social change. Keisha has seen the world of video games ...

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ECGC Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 1

ECGC Newsletter Vol 3, Issue 1

Did you miss getting tickets at the Early Bird ticket pricing? We're rolling back tickets to very early ticket pricing for our newsletter subscribers. Purchase your ECGC Conference Pass before 2/15 ...

Help us make ECGC 2023 the best conference ever! Do you have a great story or new tech to share? Triangle Game Initiative is recruiting speakers and ...

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