SCAD GamingFest goes all-virtual to spotlight growing industry of interactive digital arts

Updated: Apr. 7, 2021 at 11:54 AM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Savannah College of Art and Design is tapping into an exploding new market of digital art and entertainment with a showcase festival April 9-10.

SCAD GamingFest is a two-day event featuring some of the top professionals in the digital arts world. SCAD has hosted a live gaming festival in Atlanta since 2017 but the 2021 version will be an all-virtual format.

The festival features dozens of panel discussions and presentations on animation, game design, film and television and digital arts. Additional on-demand content is available over the two days as well. Keynote speakers representing Riot Games, Bungie, and Industrial Light and Magic and others will all be SCAD alumni, showcasing the college’s influence in the industry. Georgia is home to more than 125 game development companies.

“I think that there is an awareness, now, like never before, that game design and development is not only a viable career, but one that catapults you beyond entertainment and into fields that are using this technology for a number of reasons,” SCADFILM Senior Executive Director Leigh Seaman said.

A game created by SCAD student game designers will be highlighted in one of the sessions on Saturday morning. A group of the designers will present a behind-the-scenes look at the cross-departmental collaboration, “Zoelie.” Festival participants will also be able to download and play student-developed games on Saturday through the SCAD Games Studio.

Another highlight of the festival is the Spotlight Award, given to actor, producer and author Wil Wheaton. He’s starting production on a reality gaming competition in Atlanta called GameMaster.

SCAD GamingFest is Friday and Saturday, April 9-10 and you can find more information on the schedule and purchase passes here.

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