Midwest Game Developers Summit is a Much Needed Event

Are you a game developer but can't afford to travel to the coast? Well, there's a solution for you now.

Every year numerous conventions are held for game developers and the like in the US. But these events and expo’s take place primarily on the West and East coasts, which poses a problem for those stuck in the middle.

Residents in the Midwest are somewhat limited when it comes to packing up everything and showing up to a game convention on either coast. There’s the logistics of moving your work equipment, lodging, all the normal expenses you’d deal with for a business trip - that bill can run well into the thousands .

To help solve this issue, a couple of people came together with the idea of having a conference - or summit if you will - for Midwest developers. Last year the Wisconsin Game Developers Summit had an excellent keynote speaker Tom Hall, creator of games like Doom and Wolfenstein 3-D. With over 300 attendees and over 40 gaming professionals as speakers last year, 2014's summit shouldn’t disappoint.

This year instead of being funded by local schools and universities, they’ve turned to Kickstarter. If the goals are met, the name of the event will change to Midwest Game Developers Summit (MGDS). This is still the same awesome event for game developers to attend, learn, and network. You can find out more information on how to contribute by visiting the Kickstarter site. With some of the pledges being limited if not already gone, you’d better hurry and grab your spot!


Published Mar. 9th 2014
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  • Andrew Matt
  • Mary Yeager
    Senior Intern
    Initially, you had me all excited! I would be all about having a conference in the midwest..but then I read Wisconsin..Still a good bit of travel for people dead center and southern central of the US to travel to. :(
  • Andrew Matt
    Hey, Andrew from MGDS here, glad to hear the event is exciting to you, Mary! We understand being located in Wisconsin isn't exactly ideal, but the summit is still in it's infancy --- we can't build an empire in a day. For now, the event is planned to be in Wisconsin this year, and it makes sense logistically since it's the place the majority of the people working on the project call home. However, we certainly aren't turning a deaf ear to you. Moving the event to a larger market or a more centralized location within the next two years is definitely something we are working on internally. In the mean time, consider backing our project so that we may grow by building upon this years event and eventually become the video game event that the Midwest truly deserves! Thanks for your comment!
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    What he said. :)

    I'm excited for it too Mary. I really hope the 'starter gets funded. There's a great need for this in the Midwest.

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