USC Games Spotlight

Things that will stay the same: we will still be holding one on one interviews and offering ad hoc tables for industry recruiters at this winter event. But this year, anyone who submits a game will be eligible to submit a resume to the one on one interview process. (You asked for it, we delivered!) And, never fear, the “big” Demo Day in Spring and the final MFA thesis show will both still remain the same.


Paul Bellezza Paul Bellezza spent the past seven years working as a Product Manager on League of Legends at Riot Games. Currently he leads a cross-disciplinary team of engineers, game and UX designers, artists, story writers, publishing and QA folks to make memorable and entertaining experiences for LoL players. Asher Vollmer Polygon named Vollmer as one of the 50 Admirable Gaming People of 2014 for his work on Threes!, and was additionally nominated for the 2015 Game Designer Choice Awards in the Best Handheld/Mobile category. Vollmer currently works as an independent development team called Sirvo as a Game Designer. Nahil Sharkasi Nahil Sharkasi is a Senior Program Manager for Windows Holographic, developing Mixed Reality experiences for AR and VR devices. Nahil joined Microsoft after graduating from USC in 2010. She has produced games for Kinect, Xbox, PC, and HoloLens, including Kinect Star Wars and Halo 5: Guardians. Sean Plott Sean Plott is more commonly known by his online handle “Day9″. While an M.F.A. student, Plott developed the strategy show “Day[9] Daily” as his thesis project. He has since become one of the most recognized e-sports commentator for StarCraft II, with his show having grown into a full time business. Susana Ruiz Susana Ruiz's award-winning M.F.A. thesis project, Darfur is Dying, was honored with the Games For Change Audience Award, the Adobe MAX Award for Social Responsibility, Honoree status in the Webby Award Activism Category, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ prestigious Governors Award. Matt Korba Matt Korba is the creative director of the new King’s Quest series and the founder of the multi award winning game studio The Odd Gentlemen. He co-founded the studio in 2008 after his USC graduate thesis project, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom, got picked up by 2K games.


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