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John Romero - 2021 ECGC speaker

John Romero

Game Director, Romero Games

John Romero is an award-winning game programmer, designer and level designer whose work spans over 130 games, 108 of which have been published commercially. Romero is the “father of first-person shooters” having led the design and contributed to the programming …

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Wim Stocks - 2021 ECGC speaker

Wim Stocks

SVP, Partnerships & Commercial, Belong Gaming & Vindex

Experienced CEO & GM with a demonstrated history of success and accomplishments in the esports, gaming, and entertainment industries.

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Toiya Kristen Finley - 2021 ECGC speaker

Toiya Kristen Finley

Writer, Editor, Game Designer ..., Schnoodle Media LLC

Nashville native Toiya Kristen Finley is a writer, editor, game designer, and narrative designer/game writer. With a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing, Toiya has nearly 70 published works …

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Tobias Heussner - 2021 ECGC speaker

Tobias Heussner

Executive Producer, CI Games

Tobias Heussner is a Senior Game Content/Narrative Designer, Producer, and Writer. He has been working for over 20 years in the game industry. He has successfully developed and published more than …

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Alexander Paschall - 2021 ECGC speaker

Alexander Paschall

Unreal Engine Trainer, Epic Games

Alexander teaches UE4 development to AAA game studios, Hollywood cinematographers, automotive manufacturers, and students internationally.

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Jesse Scoble - 2021 ECGC speaker

Jesse Scoble

Lead Writer, Ubisoft

Jesse Scoble was lead writer on Hyper Scape for Ubisoft, and over the past 5 years has contributed to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Far Cry 5, AC Origins, and Watch Dogs 2. Before Ubisoft, he was lead writer on Wizard101 …

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Ryan Kline - 2021 ECGC speaker

Ryan Kline

Gameplay Programmer, Lost Boys Interactive

Ryan Kline is a Gameplay Programmer at Lost Boys Interactive, and previously worked in the department of defense for around 4 years on everything from VR and AR tools, …

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Charles OBrien - 2021 ECGC speaker

Charles O’Brien

Adjunct Professor and Principle Research Scientist I, University of Alabama - Huntsville

Dr. Chuck O’Brien has been the sole proprietor at Ceosol – a freelance contracting indie studio – for over 7 years. He also teaches game design, game scripting and project management …

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Max Litvinov - 2021 ECGC speaker

Max Litvinov

Gameplay Engineer, Ubisoft - Red Storm Entertainment

Max Litvinov is a gameplay engineer. He has previously worked on a wide range of features, systems, and game mechanics on the following games: Cookie Jam Blast, Starlink: Battle for Atlas and The Avatar Project. Prior to …

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Logan Williams - 2021 ECGC speaker

Logan Williams

Marketing Consultant, Indie Wolverine

For over six years, Logan Williams has worked with indie game developers and publishers on optimizing marketing strategies as a consultant at Indie Wolverine.

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Gregory Marlow - 2021 ECGC speaker

Gregory Marlow

Assistant Professor and Freelance Animator, East Tennessee State University

Gregory Marlow has worked in the animation and video game industry for over twelve years. He spent nearly five years at Firaxis Games (2K) in Baltimore, MD, working as …

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Tom Abernathy - 2021 ECGC speaker

Tom Abernathy

Studio Narrative Director, ArenaNet

At ArenaNet, Tom guides story development and execution on Guild Wars 2 and other projects. His major game credits include GW2, The Division, League of Legends …

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Amanda Gardner - 2021 ECGC speaker

Amanda Gardner

Narrative Director, The Deep End Games

Narrative Director at the Deep End Games, writer of the award-winning indie title Perception, and nationally-recognized wellness speaker, Amanda Gardner loves a good story and a hot cup of tea.

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Sergio Conti - 2021 ECGC speaker

Sergio Conti

Co-founder & Lead Artist, Broken Name Games

Sergio Conti is an environment artist and game instructor based out of Fairfax, VA. Currently, he is the co-founder and lead artist of Broken Name Games. There, he is building the world of the food truck simulation game …

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Alexander Goldberg - 2021 ECGC speaker

Alexander Goldberg

Co-founder & Lead Programmer, Broken Name Games

Alexander is a game designer, programmer, D&D player, and cat enthusiast. He is one of the founders and lead programmer for the three-person indie game studio Broken Name Games where he works on developing …

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Dorothy Phoenix - 2021 ECGC speaker

Dorothy Phoenix

Founder, Cloudy Heaven Games

Dorothy is a game developer and the owner of Cloudy Heaven Games, a small game development startup. Prior to starting Cloudy Heaven Games, Dorothy worked professionally as a software engineer …

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Alexander Brazie - 2021 ECGC speaker

Alexander Brazie

Co-Founder/mentor at Game Design Skill | Founder/CEO at Atomach

Alex (a.k.a. Xelnath) is a gameplay mechanics and systems designer with a history of work in studios such as Blizzard Entertainment, Riot Games, Microsoft, and Moon Studios.

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Adam Kling - 2021 ECGC speaker

Adam Kling

CEO, FYX Gaming

Adam leads the team building the FYX game technology company and platform. The FYX platform was born when they realized Ethereum/Enjin was a dead-end technology with scaling issues …

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Amber Johnson - 2021 ECGC speaker

Amber Johnson

Assistant Professor, Wake Technical Community College

Amber currently teaches courses in digital art, game programming, photogrammetry, tech art, and VR. On top of teaching …

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Paxton Galvanek - 2021 ECGC speaker

Paxton Galvanek

General Manager, Funcom

Paxton Galvanek is the General Manager at Funcom NC. Paxton oversees Funcom’s Operations, Administration, and Human Resources specifically its recruiting/talent acquisition, talent management, and all …

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Christopher Barney - 2021 ECGC speaker

Christopher Barney

Visiting Assistant Professor of Game Design, Northeastern University

Chris has spoken at conferences all over the world. He contributed his game design and programming skills to Pearson’s web based MMO, Poptropica …

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Matthew Hodge - 2021 ECGC speaker

Matthew Hodge

Assistant Professor of Music and Theatre, William Peace University

Matthew Hodge is an award-winning composer, award-winning bestselling author, and collegiate professor for 10+ years at multiple universities. His scoring …

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Heather Ouida - 2021 ECGC speaker

Heather Ouida

CEO & Co-founder, the*gameHERs

A serial entrepreneur, Heather is the CEO and co-founder of the*gameHERs: a social networking and media platform for women who game and who work in the gaming space.

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Beth LaPensee - 2021 ECGC speaker

Beth LaPensee

Freelance

Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. is an award-winning designer, writer, artist, and researcher who creates and studies Indigenous-led media such as games and comic …

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Verta Maloney - 2021 ECGC speaker

Verta Maloney

CCO & Co-Founder, the*gameHERs

In addition to being the chief community officer at the*gameHERs, Verta also runs her own business helping individuals and organizations share their racial autobiographies and stories in order to act on …

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Richard Rouse - 2021 ECGC speaker

Richard Rouse III

Director/Designer/Writer, Paranoid Productions

Richard Rouse III is a creative director, designer, writer and consultant with a history as a Director/Lead at Microsoft Studios, Ubisoft Montreal, THQ …

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Laura Deutsch - 2021 ECGC speaker

Laura Deutsch

COO & Co-Founder, the*gameHERs

Laura, a serial entrepreneur, co-founded the*gameHERs in response to the need for an outlet for female gamers to congregate and socialize, share war stories, define their needs, and give …

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Rebecca Dixon - 2021 ECGC speaker

Rebecca Dixon

CMO & Co-Founder, the*gameHERs

Rebecca is an entrepreneur and marketing executive with a passion for businesses and organizations that support and amplify women. At the*gameHERs, Rebecca is …

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Gabriel Pappalardo - 2021 ECGC speaker

Gabriel Pappalardo

Founder/Creative Director, Six Wing Studios

Dr. Gabe Pappalardo is the Founder and Creative Director of Six Wing Studios, a Raleigh-based creative studio making video-games …

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Danny Silvers - 2021 ECGC speaker

Danny Silvers

CEO, Lantana Games

Danny Silvers is an independent game designer, entrepreneur, and public speaker. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009 with a BFA in Interactive Design and Game Development …

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Josh Fairhurst - 2021 ECGC speaker

Josh Fairhurst

CEO, Limited Run Games

Josh Fairhurst is the co-founder and CEO of Limited Run Games and Mighty Rabbit Studios. He started his gaming career in 2008 as a tester on Gears of War 2 …

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Anya Stoyanova - 2021 ECGC speaker

Anya Stoyanova

Senior Marketing & BizDev Manager, Imperia Online JSC

Anya Stoyanova is а Senior Marketing & BizDev Manager at Imperia Online JSC, one of the biggest game developers and publishers in SEE, part of Stillfront Group. She is responsible for …

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David Klingler - 2021 ECGC speaker

David Klingler

Founder & President, Solanimus Games

Hi I’m David, and as you can see, I don’t write about myself in third-person. I founded Solanimus in 2011, NonZeroSoul in 2019, and co-founded SMaRT Training Solutions in 2020 …

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Annette Stavenow Eriksson & Tommy Persson - 2021 ECGC speakers

Annette Stavenow Eriksson

CEO, Chairman of the board and President, Lawyer.se

Annette is also the President of a Swedish film studio and been the Founder/President of several companies within the entertainment industry …

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Annette Stavenow Eriksson & Tommy Persson - 2021 ECGC speakers

Tommy Persson

Video Game Lawyer & Founder, Lawyer.se

Tommy holds both Swedish and American Law Degrees and is a member of the New York Bar Association. He is the Founder of Lawyer.se, a law firm specialized in video game law, and has been practicing law since …

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Pat Fitzgerald - 2021 ECGC speaker

Pat Fitzgerald

Associate Professor, NC State University

Patrick FitzGerald is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art + Design in the College of Design at NC State University. He has created and taught courses in illustration, multimedia, and animation.

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Ryan Grady - 2021 ECGC speaker

Ryan Grady

Instructor, Wake Technical Community College

Ryan E. Grady is an artist, animator and illustrator based in Raleigh, NC. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art at Appalachian State University has her Master of Art + Design from …

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Marc Russo - 2021 ECGC speaker

Marc Russo

Associate Professor, NC State University

Marc Russo has worked as an artist and animator in the Triangle for over 20 years. He is a professor of animation and interactive media with a focus on storytelling at NC State’s College of Design.

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Charlie Breakiron - 2021 ECGC speaker

Charlie Breakiron

Owner & Artist, BREAKIRON® Animation&Design, LLC

BREAKIRON has its roots in Charlie Breakiron’s extensive experience as a freelancer and an instructor serving the industry in Los Angeles, Dallas, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and Koblenz, Germany.

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Brandon Crews - 2021 ECGC speaker

Brandon Crews

Assistant Professor of Simulation and Game Design, William Peace University

Brandon is from Tarboro, NC and lives in Garner, NC. He is an assistant professor of Simulation and Game Design at William Peace University and a technical animator who focuses on 3D character rigging, animation …

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David Schultz - 2021 ECGC speaker

David Schultz

Expert Environment Artist, Red Storm Entertainment

I first learned digital art in 2004 as an Intern at a small studio in Asheville, NC. I worked for a few years as a freelance artist and in various non art-related jobs, before becoming an Environment Artist …

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Rachel Presser - 2021 ECGC speaker

Rachel Presser

Owner, Sonic Toad Media LLC

Rachel Presser is a game developer, writer, business consultant, and game and film producer from The Bronx. Rachel runs Sonic Toad Media and Consulting which is dedicated to helping people understand …

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Julie Demyanovich - 2021 ECGC speaker

Julie Demyanovich

Producer, Broken Name Games

Julie is a producer, composer, pilot, and YouTuber. She serves as producer on two independent game development teams. One team, Broken Name Games, consists of two fellow indie developers …

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