Last weekends Game Design Expo 2009 saw game industry professionals from across North America converge in Vancouver for a sold-out weekend of lively talks and panel discussions. The 3rd annual expo took place at Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre and at the Game Design campus of Vancouver Film School (VFS).
Keynote speaker Clint Hocking, Creative Director at Ubisoft Montreal, gave the packed house an exhilarating start to Saturday’s Industry Speaker Day. His ambitious and provocative presentation, “The Next Generation of Player”, set the tone for the rest of the day’s exciting lineup, which also featured presentations by designers and producers from companies like Epic, Insomniac, Microsoft, and Radical.
On the event’s second day, VFS’s Game Design campus opened its doors to more than 400 registrants in a free, day-long Open House. Aspiring game designers and their families were treated to a hands-on slate of sample classes, interactive gameplay, and exclusive industry presentations.
This year’s event culminated in the announcement of Vancouver Film School’s first-ever $30,000 Women in Games Scholarship, which covers one aspiring female game designer’s full tuition to VFS’s acclaimed one-year Game Design program. Details on six other scholarships, ranging in value from $2,500 to $7,000 and sponsored by G4techTV, EA, Big Fish Games, Annex Pro, Obsidian Entertainment, and Radical Entertainment, were also revealed.