EGaDS Hosts Spring 2015 Kickoff Meeting

The University of Texas at Austin’s Electronic Game Developers Society (EGaDS) student organization hosted its Spring 2015 Kickoff Meeting on Thursday, January 29th. More than 80 UT students interested in game development gathered in the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall (GDC) to learn about the organization, upcoming events, and hear a presentation from a special guest speaker from Wargaming.

Wargaming Keynote

The main event was a keynote talk by Marwan Ansari, Senior Software Engineer at Wargaming, a GAMMA Industry Partner. Ansari lead EGaDS members through the evolution of the company from a start-up making real-time strategy games to an international organization making massively multiplayer online games with over 100 million subscribers. The Q&A that followed further allowed Ansari to discuss the realities of working in the game development industry in more detail.

“We are excited to be partnering with the GAMMA Program and attending its events,” said Ansari. “It’s great to be on-campus talking face-to-face with students so passionate about game development as a career.”

During the meeting, Wilson Villegas, president of EGaDS, also introduced a representative from SXSW Gaming announced an upcoming game jam they are co-hosting with UT’s Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program and Skillpoint Alliance.

Future EGaDS meetings will be held bimonthly on Thursdays at 7:00pm in GDC 6.302. Find more information about upcoming EGaDS events at http://www.egads-austin.org.

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The Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program at the University of Texas at Austin is an interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate program between the College of Fine Arts, Computer Science Department, and Radio-Television-Film Department. The program produces graduates ready to design, develop, and provide leadership for the exploding growth in game, mobile app, and creative media agencies and studios in Texas and around the world. For more information on the GAMMA Program, please visit http://gamedev.utexas.edu or contact Cameron M. Weed.