Indie Game Con will showcase local industry

The members of Eugene’s local game development industry are pulling together an exceptional event for the city: an Indie Game Convention featuring an art show, industry presentations, and, of course, plenty of opportunities to try out local games.

With support from DIVA, Eugene Mindworks, Oregon Story Board, Travel Lane County, and members of the Eugene design and development community, the event promises to be a visible presentation of how far the local gaming industry has come in the last few years.

“Digital games are integral to modern youth culture,” says Ted Brown, one of the organizers, “Over the next five years, they will prove to be a pillar in Oregon’s new economy. Indie Game Con is how we’re going to bring it all together and raise the visibility of this industry here.”

Preview of Indie Game Con 2014

The conference will open Friday, October 3 with an art show presented by the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA). The show will feature eleven local artists and music by Don Haugen, a Eugene composer, sound experimenter and visual artist.

The main conference will take place on Saturday, October 4 and will include an expo featuring 15 games by local developers and opportunities to play the games and meet their creators. The conference will also host five speakers covering everything from starting a game development company to confronting sexism in the gaming industry.

Charles Cox, founder of 4gency, the creators of Habitat, will give the keynote address. The company recently funded itself through a successful Kickstarter campaign, and Habitat is now available as an early release on Steam, one of the largest digital distributers of Indie games.

Chris will provide a “pre-post-mortem” look into the struggles independent game developers face along the road to distribution. It will be a great opportunity for game developers and startup founders alike to gain some insight and inspiration from 4gency’s experiences.

How to register

The conference is free to those who pre-register for the event by visiting the Indie Game Con website and reserving place. Otherwise, the event is $5 at the door.

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