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Building a Gaming Startup

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In a mix of technology and creative media, gaming startups are in a very unique and interesting industry. So interesting in fact, that there have been recent venture funds launched just focusing on gaming startups.

Gaming startups have captured our attention and have given rise to a community of gamers building and sharing things people enjoy.

But what does it take to build a gaming startup? Join us as we discuss

  • Testing and developing a game

  • Deciding what kind of game to create

  • Building momentum for your game

  • Helpful tools to use

  • Hiring for your gaming startup

  • Finding users

  • And more!


About the panelists

  • Nicholas Fortugno, Co-Founder & CCO of Playmatics- Nick Fortugno is a interactive narrative designer and game designer based in New York City. Nick is a Lead Artist on the Frankstein A.I. project (featured at the Sundance New Frontier Festival in 2018), and has worked extensively on interactive narrative projects in a variety of formats. He is founder and principal of Playmatics (www.playmatics.com), a interactive development company. Playmatics has created a variety of digital and real-world experiences for organizations including Pro Publica, Red Bull, AMC (such as the CableFAX award winning Breaking Bad: The Interrogation), Disney, American Museum of Natural History, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Red Cross/Red Crescent. Nick has taught game design and interactive narrative design for 15 years at institutions such as Columbia University and the Parsons School of Design, and has participated in the construction of game design and immersive storytelling curriculum. Some of Nick's writing about interactive narrative can be found in the anthology Well-Played 1.0: Video Game, Value, and Meaning, published by ETC-Press.
  • Mitu Khandaker, Assistant Professor at NYU Game Center- Mitu Khandaker is a game designer, scholar, and entrepreneur. She holds a PhD on the aesthetics of interactivity in videogames, completed at the University of Portsmouth in 2015. Prior to that, she was a 2008 Kauffman Global Scholar and received a Masters in Computer Engineering from the University of Portsmouth. A rising star in the games industry, she won the Breakthrough Brit BAFTA in 2013 and the Creative English Trailblazer Award in 2014. In 2011 Mitu founded The Tiniest Shark Ltd. – an indie micro-studio for which she provides creative, technical, and operational leadership. The Tiniest Shark released Redshirt in 2013, a satirical simulation game that uses science fiction tropes to explore social dynamics. The game received excellent reviews from sources such as Polygon, PC Gamer, and Paste Magazine.
  • David Grijns, Founder and Managing Director of Defiant Studios- A 23 year veteran of the videogame industry, David has held executive positions with Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Viacom (VIA), Atari (ATAR) and Avalanche Studios, amongst others. In 2011, David co-founded, built and led Avalanche Studios New York as GM and Executive Producer, growing the studio from a team of 2 to over 100 staff, delivering Just Cause 3 in December 2015 and executing two major AAA contracts with Square Enix. In 2016, David founded Defiant Studios in New York City with Creative Director, Roland Lesterlin. Defiant is currently developing multiple unannounced projects including a groundbreaking AAA IP for next generation platforms and PC. For more information and Defiant’s open positions, please visit www.defiant.nyc.
  • Vassiliki Khonsari, Co-Founder of iNK Stories- Vassiliki Khonsari is the Co-Founder of iNK Stories in New York City––a studio ushering in a new wave of immersive entertainment across screens; Location Based to Mobile VR/XR/AR, Games, Interactive Series, Episodic and Films. Vassiliki began her artistic career as a Visual Anthropologist (MA) and documentary film-maker. Her work has broadcasted in 20+ countries, winning numerous film festivals worldwide. Khonsari has received support from The Doris Duke Foundation, IFP + MADE IN NY Innovation Grant, a consultant and fellow of the Sundance Institute at the New Frontier Story Lab, PGAs Women's Impact Network.
  • Andrew Ow, Founder of Haiku Games- Andrew Ow is the founder of Haiku Games, a startup game company behind the Adventure Escape franchise that has been enjoyed by tens of millions of players. Prior to founding Haiku, I received an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business and was a lead product manager at Playfish (acquired by Electronic Arts)
  • Dan Butchko (Moderator), Founder of Playcrafting- Dan Butchko oversees all operations for Playcrafting in the United States and carries out planning and execution of all education and events in New York. Playcrafting is the largest network of game developers in New York, having grown from a small Meetup group in 2009 to over 30,000 members across the US. From design and programming to business and beyond, developers come to Playcrafting to sharpen their skills and partner with companies that help them succeed. A graduate of New York University, Dan is the former Creative Director & Events Manager of Help For Children, where he worked for six years to help raise millions to prevent and treat child abuse in 9 U.S. cities and 3 abroad. Dan brings years of experience in marketing and events as well as his passion for games and community-building to Playcrafting as he works to empower developers with the tools and partners they need to succeed.


Schedule:

6:30 - 6:50: Drinks & Networking
6:50 - 7:50: Panel
7:50 - 8:15: Audience Q&A
8:15 - 9:00: More Drinks & Networking




Stacklist hosts startup events in NYC to help entrepreneurs learn from successful founders & experts. Previous speakers have included the founders of Greenhouse, Movable Ink, x.ai, and Techstars. You can find all of our past events and speakers here!

If you have any questions, please email me at danny@stacklist.com.


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Thanks to Alley powered by Verizon for hosting our event. Alley powered by Verizon locations are developed by Verizon, the world’s leading technology company, in collaboration with Alley, a membership-only community workspace for creators. Each location is a curated community powered by the emerging technologies and thought-leadership of Verizon.

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