GDC: Huge Potential For Industry/Academic Collaboration Says EA's Church

The International Game Developers Association Game Education Special Interest Group put together a two-day Curriculum Workshop for the Game Developers Conference 2007, taking place Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6. The event sold out before the Early Bird Registration deadline.

Doug Church, a noted former Looking Glass and Ion Storm programmer, designer, and manager now at Electronic Arts Los Angeles, opened the IGDA Education Curriculum Workshop with a keynote about the relationship between industry and academia.

While industry is large and inertial, Church points out, so is academia. When considering collaborations, there are numerous stakeholders to consider-deans, mobile developers, congress, console developers, faculty, and several others. Most importantly, students need to be the central consideration.

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