If you're going to the 2018 Game Developers Conference, you'll have plenty of chances to connect with DigiPen Institute of Technology. In addition to the events listed below featuring students, faculty, and alumni, you can also find us at our Expo booth (#N4617 in the North Hall) on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Stop by and say hello!

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Student Game Narrative Competition

Each year, the GDC Narrative Summit holds a competition for game design students around the world. Competitors submit a detailed narrative analysis of any game of their choosing, and this year we’re proud to say three DigiPen students won top honors. Congrats to platinum winner Andrea Rieck and gold winners Kaila Harris and Jesse Lozano! Catch our students presenting their poster analyses at GDC at 12:20 p.m., March 20-21, in the West Hall, Overlook 3014 and 3018.


Pushing past the controller and the keyboard, alt.ctrl.GDC showcases games built with “alternative control schemes and interactions.” Curated from developer submissions from around the world, showcase selections are also eligible for the $3,000 alt.ctrl.GDC award. DigiPen student team Guerrilla Nouveau’s Striker Air Hockey is among the 20 games chosen this year, and it's a project that’s already earned attention from the company whose tech made the game possible, Arduino. Play the showcased games on the Expo Floor March 21-23, and see who takes home the alt.ctrl.GDC award during the IGF awards show, 6:30 p.m. on March 21.

Independent Games Festival (IGF)

The “Sundance for independent game developers” has been recognizing and awarding cash prizes to the best and brightest in the indie gaming world since 1998. DigiPen’s students are no strangers to the ceremony’s “Best Student Game” award category. Not one, but two DigiPen games have been nominated for this year's prize: team Cactus Curse’s adventure game Penny Blue Finds a Clue and Studio 76’s puzzle-platformer Guardian of the Gears. Check out the festival March 21-23 on the Expo Floor, and find out who will take home the Best Student Game award on March 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Intel University Games Showcase and Expo

University game development teams from around the country compete for $40,000 in hardware prizes at the Intel University Games Showcase and Expo. Participants are judged in three categories: Best Gameplay, Best Visual Quality, and Innovation. This year, DigiPen team DandyLion’s audio-reactive arcade game Suara will compete for the prize. Catch the showcase and find out who will take home the hardware at City View at Metreon on March 22 at 5 p.m.

DigiPen Speaker and Event Schedule

The DigiPen community always makes a strong showing at GDC, and this year is no exception. Be sure to check out some of these events and panels featuring DigiPen students, alumni, and faculty.

Sunday 3/18

  • Private Event -- Different Games - Disability and Queerness in the Characters of Elegy with alumni Harrison Barton and Morgan Rowe

Monday 3/19

Tuesday 3/20

Wednesday 3/21

Thursday 3/22

Friday 3/23