Archive for April, 2009

DigiPen Gradution Speech

Jason Della Rocca has been tapped by the DigiPen Institute of Technology to give the guest speech during the commencement ceremony for the 2009 graduating class.

The ceremony will be held at the Meydenbauer Center Bellevue, WA, on Sunday, May 3rd.

Additionally, Della Rocca will visit DigiPen to provide a more in-depth lecture to bachelor+masters students and faculty on Monday, May 4th.

Update: Jason posted a quick summary of his trip, along with photos from the ceremony and the text from his speech to his personal blog.

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Wall Street Journal: Exploring Indie Business Models

Wall Street Journal writer Jamin Brophy-Warren takes a look at indie developer Flashbang Studios and their attempts at leveraging new business models. Perimeter Partners’ Jason Della Rocca was quoted in regards to the different scale factor in sustaining viability for smaller studios.

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Article: A Look at the Fight for Tax Breaks in the UK

Jason Della Rocca recently published an article taking a critical look a the fight for tax breaks in the UK game development community.

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Della Rocca affiliates with Principled Innovation LLC

It was announced today that association community thought leader Jason Della Rocca is affiliating with Principled Innovation LLC as Executive Advisor for engagements within the association community. Jason will collaborate with P.I. on consulting projects with associations in the areas of strategy, innovation and governing.

Jump to the P.I. blog for more details.

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Some Quick Post-PAX Words on Piracy

Brandii Grace of interviews Jason Della Rocca about piracy in the gaming world. He discusses not just bad things about piracy, but also good things that can come from sharing games illegaly. This was a quick interview done right after a more extensive panel discussion during the Penny Arcade Expo.

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Montreal Game Summit Dates, Call for Speakers

The Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS), which smashed several records last year with more than 100 speakers and 1,500 participants, will take place this year on November 16th and 17th, 2009 in a new location: the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel Montreal. Industry leaders who would like the opportunity to speak at the sixth annual Summit can apply until April 24, 2009.

The Advisory Board, led by Jason Della Rocca, is now accepting proposals from top-level professionals in the game industry and affiliated sectors such as film, IT, mobile telephony, etc. In particular, the Advisory Board is keen to accept submissions that reflect the challenges of developing and designing games under the current global conditions.

Those interested in participating in MIGS are asked to submit their application no later than April 24, 2009, by completing the online submission form.

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Della Rocca’s Departing IGDA Apology/Rant Gets Widespread Attention

As part of the annual explosive rant session at GDC, Jason Della Rocca delivered some parting comments - in the form of an apology - in the over-the-top style of the rant format.

A rough transcript of the apology was posted to his blog. Some of the key coverage was:

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