Midwest Game Developer Conference

MGDC returns to DesMoines Iowa, August 10th and 12th, 2022 for two days of lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions

About MGDC

What's The Midwest Game Developer Conference?

The Midwest Game Developers Conference (MGDC) is the Midwest’s largest professional game industry event.

MMGDC attracts over 6,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games and virtual reality gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.

Where

Hy-Vee Hall – 655 4th Street,

Des Moines, IA 50309

When

10th and 12th August, 2022 Wednesday to Thursday

The Midwest Game Developers Conference is an alternative to attending the national organization conference (MGDC) that takes place once every two years. It began in 2007 as a result of a growing game development industry in the Midwest .

Have A Look At The

Event Schedule

Day 1
Time
Location
Speaker
Format
Track
Pass Type
Advanced Graphics Tech: “d3d12 and Vulkan Done Right” & “Wave Programming in d3d12 and Vulkan”
10:00am - 11:00am & 11:20am - 12:20pm
Room 2006, West Hall
John Smith
Tutorial
Programming
MGDC All Access, MGDC All Access + VRDC, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps + VRDC
Animation Bootcamp: Animation Microtalks
10:00am - 11:00am & 11:20am - 12:20pm
Room 132, North Hall
All Guest Speakers
Tutorial
Visual Arts
MGDC All Access, MGDC All Access + VRDC, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps + VRDC
Art Direction Bootcamp: Pantalones! Things I Wished Someone Told Me Prior to Becoming an Art Director
10:00am - 11:00am & 11:20am - 12:20pm
Room 130, North Hall
Bob Murphy
Tutorial
Visual Arts
MGDC All Access, MGDC All Access + VRDC, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps + VRDC
CRAFTING PROMOTIONS THAT WORK, AND HOW I CREATED ONE THAT DIDN'T (PRESENTED BY AMAZON)
10:00am - 11:00am & 11:20am - 12:20pm
Room 3014, West Hall
John Kirk
Sponsored Dev Day
Monetization, Business & Marketing
MGDC All Access, MGDC All Access + VRDC, MGDC Main Conference, MGDC Main Conference + VRDC, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps + VRDC, VRDC Pass, MGDC Education Summit, Indie Games Summit, Audio Track Pass, MGDC Main Conference + VRDC
Google Developer Day Keynote (Presented by Google)
10:00am - 11:00am & 11:20am - 12:20pm
Room 2020, West Hall
Sydney Hall (Google)
Sponsored Dev Day
Business & Marketing, Design
MGDC All Access, MGDC All Access + VRDC, MGDC Main Conference, MGDC Main Conference + VRDC, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps + VRDC, VRDC Pass, MGDC Education Summit, Indie Games Summit, Audio Track Pass, Expo Pass, MGDC Main Con-ference + VRDC
Day 2
Time
Location
Speaker
Format
Track
Pass Type
A Year in VR: A Look Back at VR’s Launch
10:00am - 11:00am & 1:20am - 12:20pm
Room 135, North Hall
Session
Game VR/AR
MGDC All Access + VRDC, MGDC Main Conference + VRDC, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps + VRDC, VRDC Pass, MGDC Main Conference + VRDC
All About That Baas: To Build, Buy, or Rent a Server for Your Game?
10:00am - 11:00am & 1:20am - 12:20pm
Room 2014, West Hall
Session
MGDC Mobile Summit
MGDC All Access, MGDC All Access + VRDC, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps + VRDC
Board Game Design Day: Board Game Design and the Psychol-Ogy of Loss Aversion
11:20am - 12:20pm
Room 2010, West Hall
Tutorial
Design
MGDC All Access, MGDC All Access + VRDC, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps, MGDC Summits, Tutorials, & Bootcamps + VRDC
Lunch
12:30 -1:15 PM
Hy-Vee Hall, Des Moines, IA, 50321

Attend MGDC

MGDC returns to Des Moines, Iowa, August 10th and 12th, 2022 for two days of lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts. From year to year, MGDC continues to define market innovations and future vision, providing insight into the future of gaming.

Who Should Attend?

Suggested Tracks: Visual Arts, Design, Programming, Production & Team Man-agement, Audio

Game Developers

(Visual Artists / Programmers / Audio / Designers)

Hone your skills with the latest tools and techniques being used in the industry through MGDC’s focused sessions and the MGDC Expo Floor. Explore challenges other developers are facing across platforms, software, game engines, and other development issues, and collaborate on successful solutions for emerging platforms, monetization models, distribution methods, and evolving production pipelines.

Suggested Tracks: Business & Marketing, Monetization, Production & Team Management

Business Development Professionals and Venture Capitalists

(CEOs / Presidents / Directors / VPs / Consultants)

Take advantage of a multi-billion dollar industry by networking with top studio heads, international developers and investors. Gain knowledge of opportunities in digital entertainment and communities that will garner new ventures, and mold the future of video games.

Suggested Tracks: Business & Marketing, Production & Team Management, Monetization

Studio Managers & Heads of Studios

(Executive Managers / Directors / Studio Management)

Gather new methods for studio management during lean economic times and learn the pros, cons, and techniques of developing and marketing on new emerging game platforms to target every demographic.

Suggested Tracks: Production & Team Management, Design

Executive Producers and Team Management

(Localization Managers / Producers / Video Directors / QA Leads)

Sessions will help you stay up-to-date on current developer processes with a global perspective. Develop best-practices from game studios that have produced games with international and domestic audiences. Learn new strategies for effective game production and team management, and share ideas with fellow colleagues. Sessions in production offer insight into streamlining your production process and improving your game’s quality.

Suggested Tracks: Game VR/AR, Entertainment VR/AR

Virtual and Augmented Reality Producers

(Designers / Programmers / Visual Artists / Audio)

Learn from creators of astounding virtual experiences for games and non-game entertainment of all kinds. Explore the technology constraints and techniques to overcome design challenges and create high-quality content.

company's products, services, and innovations

Vendor Companies and Sponsors

(Hardware / Software / Middleware / Services)

MGDC attracts over 26,000 attendees, creating the industry’s most dynamic and concentrated game development community; engage this audience over three days by showcasing your company’s products, services, and innovations.

Bring your portfolios, reels, and resumes, make productive connections.

Career Seekers & Recruiters

(Seasoned Veterans / Students / Schools / Expanding Companies) ​

Get your name out to the best new talent in the industry. Meet face-to-face with the top talent worldwide committed to making better games. Job seekers, meet companies and recruiters who are hiring now.

Contact Us!

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These Are

Our Speakers

John Smith

Game Designer and Media Artist - Independent

Stacie Hammermall

Engine Director - Insomniac Games

Mariel Cartwright

Art Director, Lead Animator and Head of Story - Lab Zero Games

Bob Murphy

Senior Narrative Designer - Eidos-Montreal

John Kirk

Graphics Architect - Oxide Games

Chae Dickie-Clark

AI Programmer - Ubisoft

Jeff Casper

President - Mind Bullet Games

Stahl Cook

Senior Manager. Global R&D - Capcom

Sydney Hall

Senior Analytical Lead, Mobile Apps - Google

Catherine Johnson

Developer Technology Engineer - AMD
Our Tutorials

Tutorials & Bootcamp

MGDC 2022 has a variety of Tutorials and Bootcamps to choose from. Tutorials and Bootcamps take place over a full day, providing deep-dive focus on each topic. Come share with and learn from some of the best and brightest in the game development industry.

Tutorials and Bootcamps are seated on a first-come, first-served basis. All Access and Summits, Tutorials & Bootcamps Pass holders are welcome to attend.

01.

Advanced Graphics Techniques

Brought to you as a collaboration of the industry’s leading hardware and software vendors, this day-long tutorial provides professional insight on how to create cutting-edge game graphics on the PC platform. Special emphasis is placed on advanced graphics techniques that use modern low-level APIs to produce stunning visuals and achieve speed-of-light performance on contemporary GPUs.

02.

Art Direction Bootcamp

The Art Direction Bootcamp is a day-long event in the vein of MGDC tutorials, completely dedicated to art direction and broader artistic vision. Come see the leading artistic forces of the industry share their experience and raise the most important issues of the day. Learn a ton about what really matters in art, and how to build or support a vision and make friends doing it.

03.

eSports

Learn how to attract and support professional players and teams, journalists, content creators, and grassroots player organizations in a day-long series of panels and presentations. Learn about growing your esports ecosystem alongside long-time developers, publishers, and esports community leaders. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.

Midwest Game Developers Choice Awards

Awards in thirteen categories will be given at a ceremony produced by the Game Developers Conference (MGDC) on Wednesday, August 12th, 2022 at MGDC

The Midwest Game Developers Choice Awards are the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the digital games industry, celebrating creativity, artistry and technological genius. Industry professionals from around the world nominate for the awards, free of charge, ensuring that the recipients reflect the community’s opinions.

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