FREE COLLEGE FAIR AVAILABLE FOR GAME DESIGNERS Atlanta, GA – Sept. 21, 2008 — The Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA) today announced a college fair for high school students interested in becoming game designers, programmers, artists and more. Scheduled for 10 am – 2 pm Oct. 4 at the second annual Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo (SIEGE), the college fair includes such schools as SMU’s Guildhall, AIA, SCAD, DeVry, Westwood and more.
“This really gives high school students a chance to learn what it takes to break into the video game business,” said Clinton Lowe, president of the GGDA. “The game industry is growing like mad and avidly seeking people who can make tomorrow’s great games. To break in, students need to learn to work with the best software as well as the entire design process. These schools have been teaching students just that, and their graduates work on games around the world.”
Scheduled for Oct. 3 – 5, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Suites hotel, SIEGE focuses on the fast-growing game design industry in the South. The college fair is free and open to anyone hoping to continue their education and learn about this rapidly growing industry. SIEGE also features several sessions open to high school students, including one by the lead producer of Hi-Rez Studio’s Global Agenda on an employer’s view of how to get a job in the game industry. Students are also encouraged to bring their portfolios since a panel of industry experts will be there to give advice and suggestions.
“Reaction to last year’s SIEGE was everything we could hope for, and we’re hoping this year’s college fair will add even more excitement. SIEGE has done a great job of reaching out to the local professionals and college students, but we want everyone to get a realistic look at what the game industry is about,” said Andrew Greenberg, SIEGE director as well as a game design professor at the Art Institute of Atlanta and a partner at Holistic Design, Inc., an Atlanta-based computer game company.
SIEGE’s speakers include artists, programmers, designers, writers, teachers and business executives. Other speakers include government figures, experts on computer game violence and social issues, and more. The convention also includes a number of special events. Among these are game design tournaments, game playing tournaments, parties, a job fair, and a student fair for high school students and others looking for colleges. Registration for the conference itself ranges from $45 for students to $95 for professionals. GGDA members receive discounts.