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Sacramento’s Stephen Studyvin Chronicles Game Developers Conference

By: Stephen Studyvin

May 1, 2017

Stephen Studyvin, Associate Department Chair for Media Arts, The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University, recently attended the Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. He created an entry to chronicle his experiences at the event.

For years, students and faculty have participated in the Game Developers Conference, which brings together game developers, software manufacturers, and product creators, as well as students, professionals, educators and enthusiasts. Recently, students, faculty, and staff from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento met up with alumni to attend the event. At the conference, there are product demonstrations, industry workshops, and portfolio reviews as well as booth upon booth of new technology, equipment, and trends.

I attended the event to network with professionals and look at some of the latest technologies. I also wanted to get some swag from some of the companies I know and love. One of the greatest things about attending the event for me is running into people I know. A former student was representing the game company where he now works. While I have not seen him for several years now, we got to catch up.

Fariya Khan, Student Employment Advisor, also made the trip to connect with potential employers and experience the event. She was able to make some connections there and build new relationships with employers attending the event.

I asked a few students, and some alumni who attended the event, to give me their impression. Their general consensus was:

• Companies all over the world come to connect, show off technology, and have a few mixer events in-between.

• The event provides direct insight into what studios look for in a portfolio, or direct access to recruiters.

• There are a lot of really great people in the industry to hang out with.

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