Developing the Next Generation of Game Industry Talent

Mar 14, 2023

10:00am – 11:00am CT

Video games are now the dominant form of entertainment, bigger than movies and music combined. Young people who grew up playing games dream of working in the video game industry. In response to a demand for video game education, institutions have been rapidly creating hundreds of video game degrees and certificates. Yet, despite there being many people aspiring to make video games and ubiquitous degree programs available everywhere, the video game industry has a dearth of proficiently trained talent. Are STEM initiatives in schools misguided? Are Institutions of higher education offering game-design-specific programs lacking the right curriculum to prepare graduates for industry roles? Join this panel to discuss how we might bridge the talent/unfilled jobs divide.

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Donald Harris

ATX Game Makers

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David Najjab

The Entertainment Software Association

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Nika Nour

University, California of Irvine

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