Keynote Speakers

Tim Schafer

Tim is the President and CEO of Double Fine Productions, makers of many critically acclaimed games including Psychonauts and Brütal Legend. Prior to Double Fine Tim was a Project Leader at LucasArts Entertainment Company, where he was responsible for several classic PC adventure games including Grim Fandango and Full Throttle. Tim is currently working on the much anticipated sequel, Psychonauts 2.

Tim Schafer portrait

Emily Grace Buck

Emily is a narrative designer and writer, formerly of Telltale Games, currently narrative lead on The Waylanders (Gato Studio) and founder of Buckshot Interactive. She was the design & story lead on episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, the Telltale Series of Batman and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and is a strong advocate for quality romance and sexuality in games, diversity, and unionization in the industry.

Emily Grace Buck portrait
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