What is the OGDE?
The OGDE is the Midwest’s premiere game centered event. It draws in people from across the country who want to connect with each other, learn more about the industry, and play some of the newest games before they’re even released! It’s an all ages event, and because this year we are at COSI, your tickets get you into both the OGDE, for all the events, sessions, and tournaments, as well as all of COSI’s standard exhibits. Additionally, every Pass comes with tickets to put in for the raffle for all the amazing prizes we’ll have at the Expo. And a portion of every ticket sold goes to benefit Extra-Life and AbleGamers charities. All for one low price.
Play Dozens of New Games
Play tons of unreleased games from established and upcoming developers. Get your hands on tons of games, such as Dragon Fin Soup, Forgequest RPG, Hatch-It!, and Lemma. With dozens of game developers showcasing their games, and the Independent and Student section, you can brag to your friends about being able to play some of the newest games before anyone else.
Win Awesome Prizes!
Take part in the Extra-Life Raffle and Game Tournaments to win unique prizes from top developers like Naughty Dog, Bungie, Respawn, Sony, among many more. All the money earned through the raffles and tournaments goes straight to Extra Life to support the Childrens Miracle Network and the local Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Stay up to date on our prizes here.
Network With Fellow Gamers and Devs
Connect with gamers and devs from across the country. As the premiere gaming event in the Midwest, the OGDE is a great place to meet new people in a fun and relaxed environment. Feel free to spend time chatting with people in our Meatspace in between sessions, as the Expo is filled with people who love games.
Attend Pro Speaking Sessions
Take part in sessions with professionals from all over the video game industry. The OGDE features speakers who have worked on games such as StarWars: Knights of the Old Republic, League of Legends, Bioshock 2, Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time, Super Meat Boy, among many more. Speaking sessions will cover Game Design, Art, Music and Audio Design, 3D Animation, Voice Acting, Law in the Video Game Industry, and much, much more. Find out more about our speakers and sign-up for sessions now.
World Class Workshops
Want to be in the Game Industry? Develop your skills with workshops ranging from in-depth discussions on 3D Animation, Introduction to the Unity Development Platform, Voice Acting Fight Scenes, Successful Crowd-Funding, and Shipping your First Epic Game. The OGDE has some of the best people in the industry teaching what they know and love. Sign up for these awesome workshops here.
Unity 5 Pre-Release Sneak Peak
Unity Technologies will be Showcasing the upcoming Unity 5 at this years Expo! Guests will get to see these new and exciting features first hand and ask questions to Mike Geig from unity. With new features like WebGL, Enlighten, new physics workflow, Cloud, Mecanim changes, and more. Come and see all the cool new features before anyone else!
Rapid Fire Pitch Competition
Think you have an awesome idea, or prototype? Throw your name in the ring for the Rapid Pitch Event. You’ll get 5 minutes to tell your story in front of a panel of industry experts. The panel will then give you their thoughts about ways to make your project the best it can be. It’s constructive criticism delivered in the fastest way possible. In addition to the great feedback from the panel, you’ll have the chance to win a Unity Pro License provided by Unity Technologies. Bring your best stuff, and see what the world thinks! Learn more here.
Awesome Audio Competitions
Into Music and Sound Design? Want to test your chops against your colleagues in an effort to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes? Then these are the competitions for you. Industry veteran Sean Beeson will lead an “Audio Replacement Competition” in which you’ll provide the audio and music for the intro for a game currently in development, and the “Music Demo Derby” which is your time to bring your best audio or music work. Both competitions will be judged by a panel of experts that will provide valuable comments and critiques. Learn more here.
Friends Prize Pack
Like getting awesome stuff for attending awesome events?
We’re giving away a “Friends Prize Pack” that includes a Transistor Art Piece, Titanfall Burncard Deck, Last of Us Remastered Steelbook Case signed by over 30 Naughty Dog Developers, and 10 raffle tickets for a chance to win even more awesome prizes at the OGDE.
All you have to do is have your weekend pass purchased before 10/22 and you’ll be entered into the raffle. Additionally, you get extra chances to win for every friend that puts you down as a referral! Spread the word, and get your friends involved. Time is running out, get your tickets now!
Kick-Off Party Details
Start the weekend off right by joining us at Strongwater for a night of games, drinks, and fun on Friday the 24th. Going from 6-9pm come hangout, play games before anyone else at the Expo gets to, and listen to the awesomeness that is the Super Guitar Bros as they perform a live set. And to top it off, we’re having a special showing of the King of Arcades. With special guests from the movie, Walter Day and Ritchie Knucklez attending. The movie starts at 11pm at Studio 35, a local theater with a great beer selection, and the movie will be free as part of your Kick-Off Pass. It wouldn’t be an OGDE without a Party. Tickets are very limited, so get them here soon!