Saturday, May 8th 2021


Free and open to the public


GameFest is a student game development showcase, symposium and competition, with prizes awarded by a panel of industry experts. GameFest 2021 will be held online, in social VR in Sansar and streaming live on Twitch.

GameFest is hosted by the Digital Gaming Hub and Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Program in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is made possible in part by a grant from the State of New York’s Empire State Development agency.

Virtual Exhibition


Join us for a virtual exhibition in Sansar, a multiuser online virtual world. Check out game trailers, meet the developers, get links to play or download the games, and go inside game worlds. Sansar supports desktop mode on PC, and has VR support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets.

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All times are Eastern Daylight Time

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Game Demo Session

Student game creators demo their games

Games Research Poster Session

Presenting graduate student research in game studies in a unique VR poster session format!

4:00 – 5:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Blake Sloan, Senior Imaging Pipeline Engineer, Marvel Studios


Blake Sloan was born and raised in New York City. He currently works for Marvel Studios — a subsidiary of Walt Disney Pictures — as a Senior Image and Color Engineer.

Blake has spent the past 20+ years as a technical person in Hollywood’s motion picture industry, fiddling and hacking on a wide variety of software projects.

He has always enjoyed making stuff with friends.


5:00 – 6:00 PM

Student Game Design Awards presented by Vicarious Visions


Thanks to Our Sponsors


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