About this Event
Pre-registration for this event is now closed, but we still welcome you to join us! The event will be hosted on The J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies (ECT) Twitch, https://www.twitch.tv/ectatohio.
The gaming industry is booming, and it will take more than gamers to keep that growth going. At the Ohio University Business of Games Summit (BOGS), we bring together students, educators, entrepreneurs, technologists and industry participants. Join us virtually on February 23, 2021, to explore all aspects of the business of digital games and e-sports. This annual event continues to promote the industry and opportunities in Ohio while encouraging the creation of digital games, technologies, and companies throughout the Midwest.
10:15 AM | Welcome Remarks
DJ A-Roc, event emcee
Dean Scott Titsworth, Scripps College of Communication
Paul Benedict, director, Center for Entrepreneurship
John Bowditch, director, GRID Lab
10:35 AM | State of the Industry Address
Chris Volpe, President of Multivarious, Founder and Executive Director of GDEX, President and Founder of Ohio Game Developer Association
Join us to review the games and Esports industries and what impact they will have on the state of Ohio. Chris is a leading advocate for making Ohio a hub for games and Esports innovation.
11:10 AM | Session break and prize giveaway
11:15 AM | Bringing Video Games to Life: Memoirs from Super Nintendo World
Gary Gardiner, creative director - Dream Flight Adventures; formerly Creative Producer, Universal Creative
Universal Studios is an international leader in theme park innovation. Following the recent opening of Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan, Gary will reflect on the project as a whole and how he was able to recreate video games in the real world.
12:00 PM | Lunch Break with DJ A-Roc
Hear from current students; learn about gaming opportunities at OHIO; don’t miss more prize giveaways!
12:30 PM | Proving your parents wrong: Jobs in games and Esports
Recent OHIO grads with careers in the gaming industry will discuss their experience and share advice.
1:15 PM | Session break and prize giveaway
1:20 PM | Light your Fuse: Turn your Passion into a Profession
Matt Benson, founder and CEO, eFuse
Join us to hear from former OHIO Bobcat Matthew Benson, cofounder & CEO of eFuse, the LinkedIn for esports and gaming. At the ripe age of 23, Matthew has raised over $5M in funding, secured over 500,000 users, and been named to the Forbes 30u30 Gaming list.
2:00 PM | Closing Remarks and final prize giveaway