Listen to Richard Garriott's robot and attend the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy! The DSGA is led by gaming icon and Program Director Warren Spector but also boasts a teaching staff, visiting lecturers, and a development council that can't be rivaled by any other school of gaming. Each member listed below is committed to mentoring students in the program based on their individual goals and needs. Applications for the inaugural class for fall 2014 are due July 1st. For more information, visit moody.utexas.edu/gaming-academy.
Names include Richard Garriott, founder, Origin, creator of the “Ultima” series and founder of Portalarium; Max Hoberman, president of Certain Affinity; Richard Hilleman, CCO, Electronic Arts; Paul Sams, COO of Blizzard Entertainment; Greg Zeschuk, co-founder of BioWare; Geoff Yetter, animation and video games liaison at the Texas Film Commission; Chris Weaver, founder of Bethesda, and lecturer and adjunct professor at MIT; Gordon Walton, consultant and former VP of Playdom; Mike Grajeda, former GM of Origin/Electronic Arts and COO/CFO of Junction Point Studios; Brian Sharp, consultant and former engineering lead at Bungie; Brad Graeber, CEO of Powerhouse Animation Studios; Fred Schmidt, principal at Bullseye Business Development and co-founder of Portalarium; Michael Ryder, VP of cinematic operations at Blizzard Entertainment; Jim Butler, manager of creative industries development for the City of Austin; Michele Martell of SD Entertainment; David Bettner, founder of Curious Science and co-creator of “Words With Friends;” Greg LoPiccolo, CCO of Harmonix Music Systems; Erik Bethke, CEO of Bee Cave Games; Starr Long, executive producer of Portalarium; and Stephanie Barish, founder of IndieCade.