Play NYC Goes Live, Features More Than 60 Panels, 30 Playable Game Demos, and the Graffiti Games Installations

NEW YORK — The annual Play NYC event kicks off today with an evening of talks, access to
more than 100 exhibitors and games, an official Discord channel, and the five unique Graffiti
Games installations.

Talks are scheduled to run from 5 p.m. ET Monday, Aug. 10 to 6 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 16 and
will cover a wide range of topics from a diverse collection of speakers. Talks include:

● A look at how schools are using Unreal Engine in classes
● How livestreaming will evolve powered by interactive games
● The animation techniques of Red Dead Redemption 2
● Intersectionality in gaming
● Writing beyond game criticism
● Warren Spector on using choice and consequence in game design
● What TV and movies should learn from video games
● Deal with key scammers

The full schedule for this year’s event can be found here. The exhibitors and demos can be
found here.

The Play NYC Discord channel also went live today, providing virtual attendees a place to
gather and discuss the talks, demos, and gaming in general.

While this year’s event has moved online, Play NYC will continue to harness, elevate, and
celebrate the essence and impact of New York City on the international gaming community.
Play NYC 2020 will also see the return of Graffiti Games, wherein game developers are
commissioned to create an exclusive game to showcase their talent. Previous installations have
featured the talent and stories of first-generation immigrant developers and celebrated the
voices, talent, and impact of the LGBTQ+ community. This year’s Graffiti Games, curated by
Decoy Games, will honor the voices of Black game developers and the importance of creating a
safe space for all to be their authentic selves. The exclusive, powerful interactive experiences
created by the five selected developers will also be available to experience during the expo.
Talks at Play NYC this year will tackle a wide range of topics from gaming against violence,
game key scamming, and the rebirth of NYC through games to how race, gender, class, and
more create disadvantages and discriminations in the industry and a conversation with Warren
Spector about his career and expertise in creating immersive sim games.
Visit and follow us on Twitter @Playcrafting and #PlayNYC for more updates.
This year’s Graffiti Games is sponsored by Rockstar Games and Play NYC 2020 is supported
by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
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job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and
achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits
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and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State.
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About Playcrafting

Playcrafting is the largest network of game creators in New York and one of the largest in the
U.S, with more than 30,000 actively-engaged developers. Playcrafting offers more than 50 local
and industry-recognized classes and events, such as the Play NYC convention, The Bit Awards,
and the largest Global Game Jam site in the U.S. These events give game creators and fans
the chance to connect, learn and play. Since 2017, Playcrafting has connected the world’s
biggest companies with game developers nationwide. These partnerships have generated 68
games and over $1.5 million in funding for game developers with companies like Bose, Verizon,
the NFL, Facebook, IBM, and Schick Hydro. Click here for more on our brand partnerships and
to discover ways gaming can move your company and industry forward through play!

About Rockstar Games
Rockstar Games cemented their reputation as creators of complex living worlds with the Grand
Theft Auto series, one of the most successful entertainment properties of all time with over 270
million units sold-in worldwide. Through a string of critically acclaimed games including the
Grand Theft Auto series, the Red Dead Redemption series, the Max Payne series, Bully, L.A.
Noire, the Midnight Club series and The Warriors, Rockstar Games has helped propel
interactive entertainment into the center of modern culture.

About Decoy Games

Decoy Games is an indie game company founded by two technically talented brothers and later
joined by a long time sidekick who they have known since pre-school. With no prior professional
game development experience, they used their deep passion for video games and extensive
imagination to start building Team Decoy. The team is currently working on Swimsanity! for a
planned 2020 release.

About NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) is to ensure New York
City continues to be the creative capital of the world by supporting film, television, theater,
music, publishing, advertising, and digital content and ensuring those industries work for New
Yorkers. The creative industries account for more than 300,000 local jobs and have an
economic impact of $104 billion annually. MOME comprises four divisions: The Office of Film,
Theatre and Broadcasting; NYC Media; the Office of Nightlife; and educational and workforce
development initiatives