2018 SPECIAL GUESTS
The best industry folks from across the country
SCOTT JOHNSON - FROGPANTS STUDIOS & THE INSTANCE PODCAST
DAEMON HATFIELD - IGN.COM
Daemon Hatfield is a senior producer at IGN.com and a host of IGN’s popular video game talk show Game Scoop! He currently resides in San Francisco where he is also an electronic DJ/Producer. Daemon has produced several LPs, EPs, and singles as well as music for film, video games, and theatre projects. Check out Game Scoop! on Youtube and his music at daemonhatfield.com.
JESS BROHARD -
Jess has almost five years of game industry experience under her belt, and currently works as a freelance event and video host, partnered Twitch streamer, and YouTube partnered content creator. She also has experience with in-studio hosting, promotional modeling, interviewing, booth emceeing, and tournament organization. Jess has worked previously with amazing companies like Curse, DreamHack, Ubisoft, and HyperX
MIKE GEIG - UNITY
Mike Geig is a Technical Evangelist for Unity Technologies where he develops and delivers recorded, live, and onsite learning content. He enjoys loitering and accordions. A gamer at heart, Mike works to make game development fun and accessible for all skill sets. Rumor has it he also wrote a book called “Unity Game Development in 24 Hours”. Mike was once set on fire and has over a million “likes” on Facebook.
JOSH DEBONIS - KILLER QUEEN
NIKITA MIKROS - KILLER QUEEN
STEVE HAMAKER - PLOX COMIC
Steve Hamaker is the Eisner Award winning colorist of Bone, RASL, and Table Titans. In 2005 he self published his first graphic novel, Fish N Chips and has contributed several original stories to the Flight and Explorer anthologies.
Other coloring work includes: Terry Moore’s SIP Kids (2014-15), Shazam: Monster Society of Evil (2009), and Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto comic series (2012-13).
Steve lives in Columbus Ohio with his wife and son
ROSS HERSEMANN - LOADING LAW
Ross is an attorney, writer, and gamer. He received his J.D. and LL.M. in intellectual property from the John Marshall Law School. Ross is the founding partner of Loading Law, a Chicago-based video game law firm, and the organizer of the annual Chicago Video Game Law Summit. His first book on video game law will be published in early 2017. Ross also serves as Board President of the VGA Gallery, Board Member of IGDA-Chicago, and Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Creative Arts Committee.
SAM PRELL - GAMES RADAR
Sam Prell has covered games and entertainment for G4, Destructoid, Penny Arcade, Joystiq, and GamesRadar. Born, raised, and currently living in small-town Iowa, he considers himself a darn lucky farm kid surrounded by an industry too large to ever truly comprehend. But that's part of the fun, and he has been writing, exploring, and telling tales of games and their creation for nearly a decade. Sam feels it is important to be an avid advocate for LGBT* individuals, POC, women, and other minorities.
AMANDA FAROUGH - GAMEDAILY.BIZ
Amanda Farough, managing editor of GameDaily.biz, has been meandering around the game journosphere since 2010, mostly covering indie games, culture, and industry news. These days, she talks about the business of making games through a critical cultural lens. Amanda has been writing about the importance of diversity and representation in games for a number of years, most notably at Mic.com. Amanda lives in New Jersey with her partners, two dogs, and four kids.
Sabriel Mastin is a writer who has covered the gaming industry for 4 years, with most recent endeavors covering Overwatch esports for Overbuff and USA Today’s Overwatch Wire. Sabriel also is an advocate for trans people, being a trans woman herself, and is a moderator for the Girl Gamers subreddit. If you’d like to get on her good side, you could talk with her about Dungeons and Dragons, how Ana is the best hero in Overwatch, or how Enterprise is one of the best Star Trek series.
Sarah LeBoeuf was born and raised in North Jersey, moved to Philadelphia at 18, and considers the city home. A ten-year-plus games media vet, Sarah has bylines at Nerdist, Mashable, Tom's Guide, Ars Technica, and more. Despite spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about video games, she often spends her free time playing them (her all-time favorite is Maniac Mansion). Her other hobbies include talking about her cat, getting into Twitter arguments (@sarahthebeef), and being a bit too into Star Wars.
DB Cooper is a voice actor/dialogue consultant/voice caster/director. She has more slashes between stuff than Jack the Ripper. With a pedigree in musical and dramatic theater, DB has been acting and directing for more than 29 years. Game work includes voice characterizations for Bioshock 2, Syndicate, Firefall, and DC Universe Online; casting and directing for Big Fish and Zynga casual games; and vocal archetype consulting. DB is a staff announcer for CBS Radio, and a voice coach with students worldwide.
Jason Conaway was previously a Senior Software Engineer at Hypnos Entertainment and is working with Riot Games to help create their updated League Client. He previously held engineering positions at videogame publishers Electronic Arts, DreamWorks Interactive, and Sierra Studios. Since 1996, Jason has programmed core systems of some of the most popular video games in the world, including League of Legends, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Bulletstorm, Golden Eye: Rogue Agent, Return to Krondor, and several titles in the Medal of Honor series. Jason also teaches game development at Game-U, in Powell, OH.