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SIEGE, the southeast's largest video game trade show, has released the program for its 2018 conference, which is set to run Oct. 4-7 at the Atlanta Marriott Northwest hotel in Marietta, Georgia. 

The program, which you can download here, highlights the panels and speakers at this year's show, including keynote speaker James Portnow of Extra Credits fame. 

In its 12th year, SIEGE Con 2018 will focus on what it takes to "survive and thrive" in the gaming industry. Andrew Greenberg, SIEGE conference director and executive director of the Georgia Game Developers Association, said that SIEGE, more than ever before, is a place for game developers and industry experts to not only learn from one another, but to also invigorate the industry as a whole. 

With great speakers like James Portnow from Extra Credits, Hi-Rez Studios VP Nathaniel Blair, Michelle Menard from Oxide Games and many others, attendees will always find sessions that both inform them and stimulate them to make better games."

From expert panels on community management and team building, to talks on efficient game design and how to Kickstart your indie project, there's something for both experts and novices alike on this year's schedule. 

For college and high school students interested in breaking into video games, there will be a career fair on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 8AM to 12PM.

If you'd like to attend SIEGE Con 2018, you still have time. You can register for badges here

Wanna Run Your Own Game Studio? Insider Tips from an Expert Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:07:03 -0500 I.B. Loud

The Georgia Game Developers Association invited award-winning game developer Jesse Schell, author of The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, as a keynote speaker to the Association’s 11th annual Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo. Schell Games, whose I Expect You To Die is one of the most acclaimed VR games to be released, was founded by Jesse.

The skills needed to manage a company are not necessarily the ones needed to develop a successful game.

The video is over an hour. However, it's packed with really informative insights on the day-to-day realities of owning your own game studio. He starts at the very beginning of his journey, where he was a professional circus performer -- specifically, a juggler. After traveling with several different troupes, he then became a programmer -- shocker, right? Schell's first gig was as a software engineer for the phone company. It's how he paid for graduate school.

How Did Jesse Get Started in Gaming?

I got a position at Walt Disney Imagineering, where I started working in the Disney virtual reality studio, and I worked there from about '95 to 2002. After being there for about seven years, then I moved to Pittsburgh, where I did two things at once. One, I started teaching at Carnegie Mellon University, at the Entertainment Technology Center, where I still teach, and I also started a game studio called Schell Games. 

The rest of the presentation includes wonderful insider bits of knowledge, funny true stories, and reflections on what Jesse feels needs to happen for future game developers and the people who will run them. I realize the video is a bit long; however, by the end, you'll find yourself wanting to rewind it.

Don't believe me?

Well then be sure to tell me how long you watched and what you think could improve it in the comments below.

SIEGE Con Investment Conference – Application Deadline Extension Tue, 05 Sep 2017 12:59:04 -0400 Kengaskhan

The Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA) is hosting another Southern Interactive Entertainment and Games Expo (SIEGE) trade fair this year. This event is one of the largest gaming and interactive medium conferences held in the Southern United States -- and one of its main events is the annual Investment Conference, where teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

To be one of the ten teams at the conference, aspiring developers must submit an application (in the form of a pitch teaser) to SIEGE -- and the deadline to get that application in has just been extended to September 15.

During the conference, a panel of investors and industry veterans will judge which one of up to ten gaming companies or teams has the best pitch, and reward them $1,000.

General attendance to the Investment Conference is open to all; however, if you want a chance to pitch your gaming or interactive concept to the judges, you'll need to have submitted an application before the deadline next week.

Just remember, even though the deadline was extended, there's still a limited amount of space at the conference -- so be sure to submit your pitch teaser as soon as possible! If you're interested in doing so, you can start your application on the SIEGE website.

GameSkinny is Going to SIEGE! Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:43:30 -0400 Auverin Morrow

The American South has a thriving game industry that's been growing exponentially in the last few years. And every October since 2007, developers and other members of that rapidly expanding sector have flocked to Atlanta, Georgia for SIEGE-- the largest professional game development conference in the Southern US. This weekend, they'll be doing it again. 

This year's SIEGE starts tomorrow, October 7, and will run through October 9. GameSkinny will be in attendance, of course, and taking an active role in the event. Our founder -- Stephen Johnston Jr and Chairman--Stephen Johnston, Sr. -- will be participating as judges in the Investment Conference panel. 

The SIEGE Investment Conference offers both established and startup development companies the chance to pitch their games (or other interactive media) to a panel of industry veterans and investors. The team (or individual) who is judged to have the "best pitch by a startup" will receive a cash prize and other benefits, while the top 3 pitches overall will have the chance to spend a 1-2 hour lunch with some of the best copyright lawyers in the country. 

As experienced industry vets who have successfully turned their own startups into thriving businesses , both Stephen Sr. and Stephen Jr. have lots of insight to offer to those just starting out. And taking part in the investment panel will allow them to do just that. While this will be Stephen Jr.'s first time participating as a judge, it's a return trip for Stephen Sr., who was a judge at last year's conference.

In addition to the Investment Conference, there are lots of other events and panels happening at SIEGE. From meet-and-greets and seminars to technical demos and crash courses, attendees will have plenty of opportunities to learn. They can also check out sessions/panels in a variety of tracks, like college-oriented and leadership tracks or game design, programming, art, business, and more.  Throughout the convention, professional and amateurs alike will have the opportunity to network and get advice from some of the most knowledgeable figures in the industry.

Tickets for SiegeCon are still available, starting at $60-80 for students and $90-140 for professionals, but they can't be purchased online. They must be bought on-site at the event starting Friday, October 7 at 2pm. However, attendance at the Investment Conference is free and open to the public. So you can stop by the Atlanta Marriott NW at Galleria tomorrow if you want to see the presentations for yourself. Just be sure to say hi to our Stephens if you do!