The Research Triangle area’s fast-growing videogame industry will be put on display for the world to see when the Triangle Game Initiative group puts on a two-day conference in April.
Titled the conference will feature guest speakers from several of the area’s high-profile companies, such as Epic Games in Cary. Epic has produced multi-million copy hits “Gears of War” and its sequel as well as developed one of the game’s most popular engines called Unreal.
The conference also will include a job fair. It will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Triangle Game Initiative is an organization seeking to promote the region’s videogame industry.
Programs will cover five tracks:
• Game Innovation
• Serious Games
• Games & Media
• The Business of Games
• Game Development University
"With more than 30 gaming companies employing more than 1,000 people in the Triangle – one of the largest concentrations of game development companies in the U.S. – this region is truly a center of innovation for the gaming industry," said Alexander Macris, chief executive officer of Durham-based Themis Group and the program director. "The Triangle Game Conference will not only bring together the best and brightest in the industry for resource sharing and career building, it will put the Triangle on the map as the East Coast hub for the gaming industry."
Themis Group publishes The Escapist, an online magazine about the videogame industry.
Mike Capps, president of Epic Games, will be the keynote speaker.
Other speakers include:
• John Austin, vice president, Emergent Game Technologies
• Brent Soboleski, creative director, Team Xbox
• Juan Benito, studio director, Destineer
• Brenda Braithwaite, chair of Interactive Design, Savannah College of Art and Design
• Greg Boyd, game attorney, Davis & Gilbert LLP
• Julianne Greer, editor-in-chief, The Escapist
• Hal Halpin, president, Entertainment Consumers Association
• Dana Cowley, PR director, Epic Games
• Jerry Heneghan, founder & CEO, Virtual Heroes
• Alexander Macris, president & CEO, Themis Media
• Russ Pitts, director of video, The Escapist
• Patrick Sebring, developer, Destineer