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Join us at this year's PAX West convention in Seattle from August 30 – September 2. Our students and staff will be showcasing awesome games, handing out daily prizes, and answering any questions you have about DigiPen's educational programs in game design and development, computer science and engineering, digital art and animation, music and sound design, and more.

Follow our official Twitter account to get PAX news as it happens: @DigiPenNews. You can also follow our Student Tweet Fleet as they cover the event: @DigiPenDragons.

Play Games, Win Prizes

Stop by the DigiPen Arcade booth on the third floor of the Annex for games and prizes! We'll be exhibiting a selection of student-made games, from retro-style brawlers and shooters to immersive 3D adventures and more. By playing three games you can enter our daily raffles for a chance to win amazing prizes.

Thank you to each of the following sponsors who donated prizes for this year's DigiPen Arcade booth!

  • 343 Industries

  • Bethesda Softworks

  • Big Fish Games

  • Bungie

  • Crystal Dynamics

  • Epic Games

  • Funko

  • Insomniac Games

  • Intel

  • Lenovo

  • Microsoft

  • Midwinter Entertainment

  • Naughty Dog

  • Play-Well TEKnologies

  • Razer

  • Supergiant Games

  • thatgamecompany

  • Unity Technologies

And a special thanks to all our DigiPen alumni donors!

Alumni Reception

If you're a DigiPen alum and plan to be at PAX West, we invite you and a guest to join us at our Alumni Reception, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. on August 30 at the Tap House Grill, located at 1506 6th Ave.


Learn About DigiPen

After you've played some games at the DigiPen Arcade booth, you can also stop by the DigiPen outreach booth (#6002) in the Main Expo Hall to speak with our friendly admissions representatives. They can tell you even more about DigiPen's degree programs, admissions requirements, and student life. It's also a chance to grab some official DigiPen swag!

DigiPen Speakers

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

On Monday, from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., two DigiPen faculty will present "Bringing Magic Into the Classroom" in Hydra Theatre. Professors Jazno Francouer and Mark Henne, both longtime veterans of the animation industry who together share a combined 16 feature film credits at Pixar and Disney Animation studios, will each discuss how their industry experience has informed their teaching roles at DigiPen. It'll be a great chance to hear some behind-the-scenes stories about the making of classic Disney films, as well as get an inside look at DigiPen's Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree programs.


Tuesday, August 27

SessionTimeLocationDigiPen Speaker
Designing Puzzles for Collaborative Solving12:15 p.m.VashonGal Klapfer
BAGD Student
Gaby Weidling
Adjunct Faculty
Represent & Retain: Cultivating Inclusive Studio Culture2:00 p.m.Fifth Avenue RoomSonia Michaels
Alexandra M. Lucas
Chris Wright
RTIS Alumnus / Bungie

Wednesday, August 28

SessionTimeLocationDigiPen Speaker
Worst Regrets from Pro Game Designers2:45 p.m.Grand IIIM. Craig Stockwell

PAX West

Friday, August 30

SessionTimeLocationDigiPen Speaker
Latinx in Gaming: Building Community8:00 p.m.Cat TheatreSarai Osborne
BFA Student

Saturday, August 31

SessionTimeLocationDigiPen Speaker
The 12th Queering up Misconceptions LGBTQ+ Life in the Game Industry11:00 a.m.Sasquatch TheatreChris Wright
RTIS Alumnus / Bungie

Monday, September 1

SessionTimeLocationDigiPen Speaker
Bringing Magic Into the Classroom10:00 a.m.Hydra TheatreJazno Francoeur
Mark Henne