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Games for Change Festival 2016 Looks at the Possibilities of Pixels


Examining the growing possibilities for video games to teach, rehabilitate, and enlighten, the 13th Annual Games for Change Festival is looking towards a bright future for video gaming. Running from June 23 to 24 at the Parsons School of Design (66 5th Ave, New York, NY) the festival encompasses three subjects: Civics & Social Impact, Neurogaming & Health, and Games for Learning. Programs include initiatives to teach high schoolers to create games based around issues affecting their lives and communities, game design competitions, and a public arcade where visitors can try new games from Festival participants.

Sid Meier, creator of the long running Civilization series of simulation games, and Susana Pollack, the President of Games for Change, will be part of the keynote discussions on games for good, along with a wide range of panels that include discussion on the portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in games, games used for early learning, teaching code, and more.

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Games for Change Festival
June 23 - 24, 2016

Parsons School of Design
66 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011

Dota 2 Tourney Comes to Madison Square Garden

In what could be considered a major boon for eSports, ESL, along with ReedPop and Twitch, will be hosting the National Dota 2 Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 9th and 10th, 2014. The tournament is being held as part of the New York Super Week, a series of comic, video game, and "geek" related events leading up to the New York Comic Con (October 10 - 13). Competitors will be entering for a chance to win $100,000. The invitees will be announced as the tournament approaches. The event will be streamed online by Twitch, who have covered ESL’s events since 2011.

ESL’s tournaments in Frankfurt earlier this summer, along with the recent International Dota 2 Championships in Seattle have become enormous events with attendees from all over the world, and over 20 million viewers online. Coverage of the Dota 2 International Championships on ESPN2 recently caused a spot of controversy when fans of traditional sports took to social media to voice their disdain for eSports gaining mainstream coverage. The tourney at Madison Square Garden is being touted by ESL as the largest “in person competitive gaming event” in the world.

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National Dota 2 Tournament
October 9 - 10, 2014

Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10001

Digital Hollywood Conference Showcases Future of the Industry

In times of such dramatic change within the entertainment industry - both in terms of how content is produced and the ever-shifting technology behind products - being relevant is more important then ever. Thankfully, the Digital Hollywood Conference at the Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey, California has you covered. This year's Variety Entertainment and Technology Summit Opening Day runs October 21st - 24th so those looking to end, mark your calendars. 

The topics touched upon in the myriad lectures, Think Tanks, breakout sessions and conversations are wide-ranging, including discussions of social media, the challenges and opportunities presented by online media for advertisers and content producers, and the synergies between recent digital technologies and the innovative business models and strategies that take advantage of them…just to name a few. From independent content producers to digital ad agency folk to entertainment media execs, no matter what side of the digital content industry you’re in or what role you play, there will be topics and focuses to suit your interests with plenty of networking sessions interspersed throughout.

Joining the Digital Hollywood Conference are the Variety Entertainment and Technology Summit, the BAFTA Evening Summit, Hollywood for Social Change, and the Digital Hollywood Content Summit with more big names in Digital content and advertising than you can count. Office holders at agencies and Fortune 500 companies are on the same panels as convention-breaking entrepreneurs and cutting edge directors. With sessions like “Broadcasting Without Borders: Players in the New Guard of Broadcasting, Branding and Content Networks” and “The New Hollywood Equation – Content Owners, Networks, New Platforms, Agents & Commerce”, it’ll be hard to attend this event and not pine for the hundreds of new tools for success on display, straight from the bleeding edge of digital entertainment.

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Digital Hollywood Conference
October 21st-24th, 2013
Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey, California

NY Games Conference Delves Into the Future of Gaming

DMW VertLet’s dial back the clock a little bit to before the groundbreaking reveals of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. The purveying attitude was that the PS3 and the Xbox 360 were showing their age and that this was a sign that console gaming was on its way out in favor of games on tablets and smartphones. Yet sure enough, the announcements of Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles were heralded with fervent excitement, and re-kindling people’s attention as two massive titans wage war with eachother once more in stores across the globe. At the same time, free-to-play, iOS and Android based games, and streaming venues are also after the attention of gamers. The gaming world is in a state of rapid change, and one event seeks to navigate this change: The Digital Media Wire NY Games Conference.

The DMW NY Games Conference (September 17, 2013) at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (36 Battery Pl, New York, NY) assembles experts from across the gaming and tech world to discuss the state of the video games, rapidly changing platforms, marketing strategies, new venues, and how best to woo audiences at a time when some are happily playing free-to-play games, while others regard such games with vitriolic distaste.

DMW Games features a wealth of panels and discussions with experts in gaming and tech. Panels include:

  • Monetizing Games through Free to Play
  • From the Console to the Cloud: The Evolution of Game Distribution
  • Advertising and Micropayments Models for Games
  • Making Successful Games for iOS and Android
  • Games Direct to Players: Redefining the Business of Games
  • Social Casino Games: Winning Strategies
  • Game Marketing Leadership Roundtable
  • Video and Game-related Content
  • Maximizing Value & User Acquisition on Social Platforms
  • Investor Pitches

The video game industry has always been in the throes of constant fluctuation, but now things are escalating more rapidly than ever, and AAA developers and indie startups alike must adopt new marketing methods and more attention grabbing games to compete and stay afloat as the markets around them constantly change. The DMW NY Games Conference is crucial for those looking to gain insight into this rapid change.

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Digital Media Wire NY Games Conference
September 17, 2013

The Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

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