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Josh Fairhurst - 2022 ECGC speaker

Josh Fairhurst

Co-founder and CEO, Limited Run Games and Mighty Rabbit Studios

Josh started his gaming career in 2008 as a tester on Gears of War 2 while in his third year at NC State University. Upon graduating, Josh founded Mighty Rabbit Studios to develop his own games. In late 2015 …

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Steve Reid - 2022 ECGC speaker

Steve Reid

Managing Director, Red Storm Entertainment - an Ubisoft studio

Steve Reid is the managing director (20+ years) and co-founder of Red Storm Entertainment. With an MFA from East Carolina University, Steve has taught a variety of college art disciplines and has a history …

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Richard Dansky - TGI Narrative Lead; 2022 ECGC speaker

Richard Dansky

TGI Narrative Lead; Narrative Director, Red Storm/Ubisoft

Richard Dansky is a 22 year veteran of the video game industry. He has written for franchises including Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon …

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Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson

TGI Education Lead; Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator of Art + Design, NCSU

Justin is an Assistant Professor of Art + Design and Doctor of Design practitioner at North Carolina State University. With over 13 years of experience in the game industry in a variety of roles including: level designer, environment artist, lead environment artist, character artist, and UI designer …

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Brad Swearingen - Game Art Committee

Brad Swearingen

Professor, Simulation and Game Development - WTCC

Brad Swearingen has been instructing students in 3d and game related topics for over 20 years. He is currently a Professor in Wake Tech Community College’s Simulation and Game Development …

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Billy Le Voir - 2022 ECGC speaker

Billy Le Voir-Barry

President & Chief Esports, GENERATION Esports and Video Game Consulting

Billy Le Voir-Barry served as CTO for IBM Esports and Video Games and has 15+ years of tech consulting, architecture planning, and agile/scrum project management experiences in gaming/esports. He is widely considered to be …

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Alex Epstein - 2022 ECGC speaker

Alex Epstein

Principal Writer, Compulsion Games

Alex Epstein was the Narrative Director of WE HAPPY FEW for Compulsion Games, as well as Story Director of CONTRAST, and Narrative Lead of STORIES: THE PATH OF DESTINIES for Spearhead Games.

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Jonathan White - 2022 ECGC speaker

Jonathan White

Game Designer, Four Eyes Productions

Jonathan is a game designer who loves combat and monsters. He enjoys making games with varied styles of play and randomized gameplay, such as his recently launched The Last Sunshine: Rekindled from Four Eyes Productions.

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Eddy Webb - 2022 ECGC speaker

Eddy Webb

Owner/Narrative Designer, Pugsteady

Eddy Webb (with a “y,” thank you) is a writer, design consultant, and game and narrative designer for video games and RPGs. He’s worked on over 150 books and games during his career and created …

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Ethan Levy - 2021 ECGC speaker

Ethan Levy

Executive Producer - N3TWORK Studios

Ethan Levy is a 20 year veteran game designer and producer who has contributed to over 70 shipped games across every genre and platform. He has worked at companies including EA, BioWare …

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Zachariah Inks - 2022 ECGC speaker

Zachariah Inks

Instructor, Western Piedmont Community College

Zachariah Inks is an artist from birth, designer and programmer by training, and an educator in heart. He has worked as a 2D / 3D artist and designer / programmer in the application of gaming …

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Garrett Swanson - 2022 ECGC speaker

Garrett Swanson

Co-Founder & CEO, World to Build

Garrett Swanson leads the World to Build team as an engineer and as the CEO. With only a few years in the professional game industry, he is writing this bio to try and fit in with the other amazing speakers at ECGC.

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Alex Loughran - 2022 ECGC speaker

Alex Loughran

Senior Game Designer, PUBG Madison

Alex Loughran (He/Him) is a Game Designer who’s worked all over the globe on myriad of different projects, including some in mobile, VR, and AAA. Now living in Madison …

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Suzanne Peterson-Warr - 2022 ECGC speaker

Suzanne Peterson-Warr

Author and Game Designer

Suzanne Warr grew up in an alternate universe from the one we all live in every day. When she stepped into a classroom for the very first time as a sophomore in high school, she found …

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Troy Maynard - 2022 ECGC speaker

Troy Maynard

Founder / Creative Director / Lead Developer, Nuldrums

Troy (Trikeri) is the founder, creative director, and primary developer at Nuldrums. The company started with development of the indie game, Native, that was worked on from 2014 – 2016 …

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Aris Bricker - 2022 ECGC speaker

Aris Bricker

Associate Game Designer, Ubisoft Red Storm

Aris Bricker (they/them) is a game designer, instructor, and student mentor who specializes in neurodiverse and queer issues. Aris lives in North Carolina with their partners, pets, and plants.

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Saritdikhun Somasa - 2022 ECGC speaker

Saritdikhun Somasa

Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University

Saritdikhun Somasa (Sarit) has three degrees in Art Education, a BFA In Visual Design, and an MFA in Multimedia Design. He taught digital arts focusing on 3D digital form and animation …

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Ted Prawat - 2022 ECGC speaker

Ted Prawat

Assistant Professor of Computer Game Design, George Mason University

Professor (Ted) Prawat has been involved in the serious games field for the last decade. Professor Prawat was drawn into the field of serious game design after completing an artist in residence and teaching position …

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Max Litvinov - 2022 ECGC speaker

Max Litvinov

Senior Gameplay Engineer, Red Storm Entertainment | Ubisoft

Max Litvinov is a gameplay engineer. He has previously worked on a wide range of gameplay systems and mechanics for the following games: Cookie Jam Blast, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Assassin’s Creed VR, and Tom Clancy’s The Division Heartland.

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Todd Emma - 2022 ECGC speaker

Todd Emma

Professor, East Tennessee State University

Todd spent several years in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he operated his design studio “Voodoo Designs” and taught at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He later became the Director of Marketing and Web Design at Steeda Auto Sports …

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Eric Patterson - 2022 ECGC speaker

Eric Patterson

Director of Digital Production Arts, Clemson University

Eric Patterson, Ph.D. is currently Director of the Digital Production Arts program and Associate Professor in the Visual Computing Division of Clemson University’s School of Computing. He was formerly …

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Raymond Arifianto - 2022 ECGC speaker

Raymond Arifianto

VP of Tech, AccelByte

Raymond Arifianto has been making online games and platforms for over 15 years, working at Xbox, Lionhead, EA and Ubisoft. He is now working as VP of tech at AccelByte, a one-stop shop for live game services.

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Jessica Baron - 2022 ECGC speaker

Jessica Baron

Ph.D. Candidate; Visual Computing, Clemson University

Jessica Baron is a Ph.D. candidate in Visual Computing at Clemson University based in Charleston. She has extensive experience through internships and travel. Her professional internships …

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Xiang Li - 2022 ECGC speaker

Xiang Li

Ph.D. Candidate, Clemson University

Xiang Li is a Ph.D. candidate in the Visual Computing Division of Clemson University’s School of Computing. His research mainly focuses on computer graphics, primarily concentrating on facial reconstruction and rendering.

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Amber Johnson - 2022 ECGC speaker

Amber Johnson

Associate Professor, Wake Technical Community College

Amber Johnson is an Associate Professor in Simulation and Game Development at Wake Tech Community College. She has worked in the game industry as an artist and level designer …

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Paxton Galvanek - 2022 ECGC speaker

Paxton Galvanek

General Manager, Funcom

Paxton Galvanek is the Studio HR/Operations Director at Funcom (makers of Conan Exiles, Conan Chop Chop, Anarchy Online, Secret World, and currently DUNE games). Paxton oversees Funcom’s Operations …

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Megan Smith - 2022 ECGC speaker

Megan Smith

Graduate Student and Lead Animator, East Tennessee State University

Megan Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University, obtained in 2019, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts. She majors in Digital Media with a concentration in Animation …

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Stephen Overton - 2022 ECGC speaker

Stephen Overton

Producer, East Tennessee State University

Stephen is a detail-oriented individual who graduated from ETSU with a B.S in Digital Game Design in May 2021. Following graduation, his passion for expanding his ever-growing knowledge of 3D art led him to pursue …

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Grayson Wiles - 2022 ECGC speaker

Grayson Wiles

Graduate Student and Producer, East Tennessee State University

Grayson graduated from ETSU in May of 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Art Design. After graduating, his passion for character art led him back to ETSU’s Digital Media graduate program.

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Sarah Glova - 2022 ECGC speaker

Sarah Glova

CEO, Reify Media

Dr. Sarah Glova is the CEO of the award-winning digital media firm Reify Media, and she is an international public speaker who has spoken from California to Qatar on topics ranging …

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Phaedra Boinodiris - 2022 ECGC speaker

Phaedra Boinodiris

Trust in AI Business Transformation Leader, IBM

A fellow with the London-based Royal Society of Arts, Boinodiris has focused on inclusion in technology since 1999. She is currently the business transformation leader for IBM’s Responsible AI …

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Andrew Shaver - 2022 ECGC speaker

Andrew Shaver

Realization Director, Ubisoft Redstorm

Shaver is an award-winning Canadian performer, producer and director. He is the Realization Director for Ubisoft Redstorm, helming the cinematics on a AAA game in Virtual Reality. He also directed the cinematics for Ubisoft’s Far Cry New Dawn.

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David Klingler - 2021, 2022 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, co-founded Integrity Metric Systems in 2020, and co-founded …

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Tony O'Driscoll- 2022 ECGC speaker

Tony O’Driscoll

Adjunct Professor, Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business

Tony O’Driscoll is a professor, speaker, author, and advisor whose engaging message emphasizes that the key digital-age differentiator is not technology, but people. Dr. O’Driscoll’s current …

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Jacy Richardson - 2022 ECGC speaker

Jacy Richardson

Assistant Professor and 3D/VFX Artist, East Tennessee State University

Jacy is currently an Assistant Professor for the Digital Media program at East Tennessee State University. She also still works in the industry as a 3D/VFX artist and has focused much of her work on interactive experiences in museums.

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Augustus Wendell - 2022 ECGC speaker

Augustus Wendell

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University

Augustus Wendell is an educator, technologist and designer. Augustus has an MFA in Computer Art from The School of Visual Arts and an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University. He researches the …

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Jay Powell - 2022 ECGC speaker

Jay Powell

Founder & CEO, The Powell Group

Jay has successfully negotiated and closed countless deals for licensing, development and distribution over the past 25 years. His consulting firm, The Powell Group, focuses on building …

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Gregory Grimsby - 2022 ECGC speaker

Gregory Grimsby

Assistant Professor, Game Design; Owner of Ogre Crossing Games

Gregory Grimsby, Assistant Professor in Computer Game Design, earned his MFA in painting from George Mason University. He has been teaching 3D modeling and animation …

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Iris Cole - 2022 ECGC speaker

Iris Cole

Executive Administrator, Do Good Artist

Iris Cole is the founder and CEO of Do Good Artist. She is also a social entrepreneur and Founding Partner of She Raises the Bar, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability consulting firm.

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Maripat Metcalf - 2022 ECGC speaker

Maripat Metcalf

President, Health Impact Studio

I’ve been interested in using unconventional teaching methods since I first worked at the Insect Zoo at the Smithsonian. Since then, I’ve forayed into math, programming, science education …

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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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Jesse Henning - 2022 ECGC speaker

Jesse Henning

VFX Artist II, Funcom

Being an avid gamer his whole life, Jesse originally picked up his first 3D program, Blender, in 2010 to make video games, but found another passion as well – filmmaking.

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Ken Hubbell - 2022 ECGC speaker

Kenneth Hubbell

Owner, Wish and a Prayer Studio

Ken cut his teeth creating games for learning back when playing with rocks was fun. He had the fortune of working with Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, NASA …

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Travis Brown - 2022 ECGC speaker

Travis Brown

Student, William Peace University

Travis Brown is a graduating senior at William Peace University, pursuing a BA in Simulation and Game Design. His game design focus area …

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Matt Merino - 2022 ECGC speaker

Matt Merino

Student, William Peace University

Matt Merino is a graduating senior at William Peace University, pursuing a BA in Simulation and Game Design. His focus areas in game development are Sound Design and Level Design …

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Franci Dimitrovska - 2022 ECGC speaker

Franci Dimitrovska

Game Writer & Assc. Content Manager, EA

Franci Dimitrovska is a Toronto-based narrative designer, currently an Assoc. Content Manager and Game Writer at Electronic Arts. Currently helming the narrative effort at …

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Stefan Hall- 2022 - ECGC speaker

Stefan Hall

Chair and Associate Professor - Game Design, High Point University

Stefan Hall is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Game Design at High Point University. Recognized in 2017 and again in 2022 as a Top 50 Game Design Program …

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Michael Schmitt - 2022 ECGC speaker

Michael Schmitt 

Independent Game Developer & Organizer, Too Much Tomato / Triangle Interactive Arts Collective

Michael (he/him) is an independent game developer and organizer for the Triangle Interactive Arts Collective. He’s currently working on the weird sci-fi puzzle game, TENDY: Robot Gardener, for the upcoming CosmOS9 bundle.

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Justin Achilli - 2022 ECGC speaker

Justin Achilli

Creative Director, Paradox Interactive

Justin Achilli is a games-industry veteran, with more than 25 years making commercial games. His resume includes stints at a number of studios and developers, including …

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Mauricio Hollando - 2022 ECGC speaker

Mauricio Hollando

Senior Engineering Manager, Pocket Gems

Mauricio is a Senior Engineering Manager at Pocket Gems were he recently participated in the release of their latest game, Adventure Chef. Before that, Mauricio was directing …

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Joseph Mora - 2022 ECGC speaker

Joseph Mora

Game Designer and Environment Artist, Blackberry Studio

I am an Environment Artist and Game Designer that is graduating from East Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Digital Media. In addition, I’m the sole director, artist, developer, and animator …

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Rachel Presser - 2022 ECGC speaker

Rachel Presser

Owner, Sonic Toad Media LLC

Rachel Presser is a game developer, writer, consultant, business educator, and speaker from The Bronx, now headquartered in Los Angeles. Former CFO and Executive Producer of Himalaya Studios, Rachel …

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Past Speakers

Check out our speakers from ECGC 2021!

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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Josh Fairhurst - 2022 ECGC speaker

Josh Fairhurst

Co-founder and CEO, Limited Run Games and Mighty Rabbit Studios

Josh started his gaming career in 2008 as a tester on Gears of War 2 while in his third year at NC State University. Upon graduating, Josh founded Mighty Rabbit Studios to develop his own games. In late 2015 …

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Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson

TGI Education Lead; Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator of Art + Design, NCSU

Justin is an Assistant Professor of Art + Design and Doctor of Design practitioner at North Carolina State University. With over 13 years of experience in the game industry in a variety of roles including: level designer, environment artist, lead environment artist, character artist, and UI designer …

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Brad Swearingen - Game Art Committee

Brad Swearingen

Professor, Simulation and Game Development - WTCC

Brad Swearingen has been instructing students in 3d and game related topics for over 20 years. He is currently a Professor in Wake Tech Community College’s Simulation and Game Development …

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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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Juan Escudero Gómez - 2021 ECGC speaker

Juan Escudero Gómez

CTO & Co-Founder, Friday Mood

I work leading the development side of Friday Mood, a game outsourcing company where we create amazing mobile games for our clients. My commitment is …

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Ethan Levy - 2021 ECGC speaker

Ethan Levy

Executive Producer - N3TWORK Studios

Ethan Levy is a 20 year veteran game designer and producer who has contributed to over 70 shipped games across every genre and platform. He has worked at companies including EA, BioWare …

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John Corn - 2021 ECGC speaker

John Corn

Developer, Cheap Ramen Games

John Corn is an experienced game developer, designer, and professional juicer. Currently, at Cheap Ramen Games, he focuses on building games with …

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Michael Everett - 2021 ECGC speaker

Michael Everett

President, ITSS Inc.

Michael Everett founded ITSS in 2002 providing information technology business solutions to medium sized corporate clients nationwide. Starting in 2006 ITSS began producing live esports …

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Ben McDougal - 2021 ECGC speaker

Ben McDougal

Co-Founder & CEO, Jet Set Studio

Ben McDougal is a tech founder, entrepreneurial ecosystem builder and inspired author. He co-founded Jet Set Studio in 2007 and launched a social network …

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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 - 2022 ECGC speaker

Max Litvinov

Senior Gameplay Engineer, Red Storm Entertainment | Ubisoft

Max Litvinov is a gameplay engineer. He has previously worked on a wide range of gameplay systems and mechanics for the following games: Cookie Jam Blast, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Assassin’s Creed VR, and Tom Clancy’s The Division Heartland.

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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 - 2022 ECGC speaker

Amber Johnson

Associate Professor, Wake Technical Community College

Amber Johnson is an Associate Professor in Simulation and Game Development at Wake Tech Community College. She has worked in the game industry as an artist and level designer …

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Paxton Galvanek - 2022 ECGC speaker

Paxton Galvanek

General Manager, Funcom

Paxton Galvanek is the Studio HR/Operations Director at Funcom (makers of Conan Exiles, Conan Chop Chop, Anarchy Online, Secret World, and currently DUNE games). Paxton oversees Funcom’s Operations …

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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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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, 2022 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, co-founded Integrity Metric Systems in 2020, and co-founded …

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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 - 2022 ECGC speaker

Ryan Grady

Assistant Professor of Simulation and Game Development, Wake Technical Community College

Ryan E. Grady is an Illustrator and Concept Artist based in Raleigh, NC. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art at Appalachian State University and her Master of Art + Design from NC State University. She is currently …

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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 - 2022 ECGC speaker

David Schultz

Expert Environment Artist, Red Storm Entertainment (Ubisoft)

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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Ken Hubbell - 2022 ECGC speaker

Kenneth Hubbell

Owner, Wish and a Prayer Studio

Ken cut his teeth creating games for learning back when playing with rocks was fun. He had the fortune of working with Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, NASA …

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Robin-Koman - 2021 ECGC speaker

Robin Koman

Lead Designer & Department Chair, Story Tonic & Full Sail University

Robin Koman is an designer, author, and educator focused upon the power of various media, including games, film, and literature, to prompt positive social change even as they serve an entertainment function.

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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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John Parsons - 2021 ECGC speaker

John Parsons

Global Director for LiFi GTM Device Integration, Signify Corporation (Philips)

John is the Global Director for GTM Device Integration for LiFi at Signify Corporation (Philips), as well senior management for the LiFi Division at Signify …

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Rachel Presser - 2022 ECGC speaker

Rachel Presser

Owner, Sonic Toad Media LLC

Rachel Presser is a game developer, writer, consultant, business educator, and speaker from The Bronx, now headquartered in Los Angeles. Former CFO and Executive Producer of Himalaya Studios, Rachel …

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