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7th Annual WV Game Developers Expo Expands Offerings for April. 8

Huntington, W.Va. – The seventh annual West Virginia Game Developer Expo (WVGDE) has joined forces with the third annual West Virginia Cybersecurity Expo to host a joint virtual event Friday, April 8, 2022.

Registration for the expo is currently open and free. Details can be found online at www.wvsgde.com. Emails will be sent Thursday evening to all registered attendees with instructions on how to view the sessions. Attendees will be able to take part in live Q & A opportunities at the end of each session. The expo will begin Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time Zone). A schedule of sessions is available at www.twitter.com/wvgde.

People from across the country will be attending the virtual event, which has been modeled after major conferences such as GDC Game Development Conference. Speakers this year are from West Virginia exclusively. “This is the seventh year we are hosting this expo, and it was important for us to remind people why ‘West Virginia’ is in our event’s name. Our speakers exemplify that you can have a passion for game development or cybersecurity and still stay close to home.” said Patrick Smith, Associate Professor and Expo organizer.

“Both of these fields are extremely lucrative and in high demand, and we want to make sure everyone knows about the amazing community and job market in our own back yard.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics for Software Developers shows an estimated job growth of 22% in the next ten years. The job outlook for Information Security Analysts will grow by 31% in the next ten years.

For questions, feel free to reach out to info@wvsgde.com.

Mountwest Community & Technical College is a public institution with approximately 1,500 students. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Mountwest offers more than 60 associate degree options and 15 one-year certificates.

 

Multiple keynote addresses will be given for the different disciplines. Three game development keynotes will take place Friday.

  • 11:00 a.m. – Jeremy Doolin, Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Technology at West Virginia Northern Community College, will talk about recently becoming an independent game developer and working on his first major project “Ballad of Thuriana” and how he is fighting creative fatigue because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 1:00 p.m. – Brad Kalinoski, who has been nominated for a BAFTA Award for his work on the Oscar-nominated movie, “Black Swan,” and for two VES Awards (“Black Swan” and “Lost: The Final Season”) as compositing supervisor, will talk about how Hollywood is leveraging game development engines, such as Unreal Engine, in today’s movies and television shows.

  • 2:30 p.m. – Christian Allen from Epic Games, an experienced and BAFTA award-winning AAA game designer and creative director, will talk about how Unreal Engine is being used today in many different professional fields.

Job outlook for gaming

According to recent research, global video game markets are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 13% from 2020 to 2027 and was valued at more than 150 billion dollars in 2019. https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/video-game-market)

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Mountwest Community & Technical College offers multiple Network Systems & Security degrees that prepare students for industry certifications from Cisco, Microsoft, CompTIA and EC Council by offering real-world knowledge taught by certified professors.

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The Animation and Game Developer curriculum is designed to provide training in principles and techniques used to create interactive 2D and 3D computer games.

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