Rockstar Games, Warren Spector and more headline Play NYC

Rockstar Games, Warren Spector, Private Division
among Play NYC 2020’s more than 50 panels, talks
This year’s show will also feature more than 70 exhibitors

NEW YORK — Rockstar Games, Warren Spector, Private Division, and Sam Barlow will be
among the many studios, developers, and other creators presenting during the more than 50
panels and talks at this year’s Play NYC, expo organizer Playcrafting announced today.
Play NYC 2020 will also be home to more than 70 exhibitors and about a dozen game demos,
including Gladius, EMBR, and Chromvaders. The full schedule for this year’s event will go live
Thursday morning here.
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.
Play NYC runs Monday, Aug. 10 through Sunday, Aug. 16. 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,
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.