As you may recall from our January newsletter, we're aiming to hold more networking events in 2019 than we did last year and we're kicking off in style! We are arranging a terrific evening at the new Game Tyrant in North Salt Lake, it's Utah's premier family gaming and LAN center!
Make sure to RSVP below as this evening is filling up fast!
As usual, we'll be giving a COMMUNITY UPDATE with the latest news from UDEN, plus our friends at GAME TYRANT will share details of what they do, how they can help you, plus how the local entertainment community can take advantage of this terrific new Family Gaming Center to showcase products! GT can help with pre-release player feedback, launch events, awareness campaigns and brand marketing. Plus they have some cool office space available for interactive companies!
EXHIBITORS AT UDEN #21
Our exhibit tables are all taken!
Yes, at UDEN #21 we're offering any local entertainment creators the chance to show-off their work during the evening -- including a live stream on the Game Tyrant network showcasing all of the exhibitors that take part.
Among the exhibitors you can expect to see at UDEN #21 will be:
D20 Studios present SUMMONERS FATE
First chance to get hands-on this yet-to-be-released, highly anticipated new game! Summoners Fate is a top-down deck builder adventure game about winning in the most creative way possible...like hurling squirrels at your enemies and mutating them into an army of hulk squirrels! Determine the destiny of hundreds of diverse characters by choosing cards as you explore an ever-changing single player experience. Battle other players on desktop and mobile in async and real-time cross-platform multiplayer.
The League Esports
The League Esports gives amateur gamers a pro experience. We run online gaming rec leagues and tournaments complete with play-by-play, color commentary and analysis, highlight reels, stat keeping, etc. We're looking forward to meeting UDEN members to see how we can help them out. Come find out more at UDEN #21!
Utah Audio Composers
We’re a small collective of composers, based out of the Utah Game Audio Facebook group. We all live in the Salt Lake or Utah valleys. We’re presenting our skills for use on game, video and other media projects.
We can do custom music and audio for any length/type of product (games, feature films, commercials, jingles, songs, sfx, Foley, recording/editing, audio repair, . . .). We'll have a number of composers at UDEN #21 each with a laptop and their portfolios, so you can hear just how talented this group is! Among our super talented composers you can meet live and in person will be Elias James, Karina Pardus, Rachel Robison, Jace Krogh, Josh Jones, Joe Galloway, Don Suite and Cody Crabb.
We would love to discuss any audio needs you may have for your games, films, blogs or other needs! See you there!
The Mystery Escape Room presents ZORRO
Find out more about Utah's newest escape room! Launching on 18th February in Salt Lake City it is based on Zorro, featuring a lot of cool electronics and super fun puzzles!
Zorro has hidden his sword in an old hacienda waiting for the time when it will be needed again. To ensure that it is kept safe and only those worthy of the sword can find it, Zorro created a test. The players must find Zorro’s hidden training room and pass his test to obtain the sword, but it won’t be easy. Zorro placed a time limit on the test, and those who don't succeed in time may find it to be deadly.
Come see us at UDEN #21, find out more about our Escape Room and the technology we're using!
Balloonicorns and Rainbows
Balloonicorns and Rainbows is an AR and VR game with a simple objective “Save the Balloons!”
If they hit the ground they die... because they are alive! Each adorable unicorn, dragon, kraken or other magical balloon wields their own unique powers and of you work together you can help them reach the rainbow realm beyond!
This is a great chance to see the latest progress on a yet-to-be-released game and talk to the developers!
Balloonicorns and Rainbows is a nights and weekend passion project from Boston McConnaughey, and he will be at UDEN #21 showing off the early access build of the game featuring the first seven balloon animal types in all their squeaking and popping glory!
Tyson Cazier Music
My name is Tyson and I compose music for media, including film and videogames. My goal is to create music that helps to tell a story. There is music hidden in every story and it is my to job dig until I have uncovered that music!
This will be my first UDEN event and I am very excited. I most look forward to meeting other creatives, form new friendships, and sow the seeds of future collaborations with game developers and other visual media creators.
Emerson-Smith College Center for the Arts
We're excited to share details about our feature film, The Light Express, at UDEN #21. We'll also share more details about our arts and education programs.
Emerson-Smith College Center for the Arts includes:
Utah High School for the Arts - the oldest high school for the arts in Utah. UHSA is a private, full time, high school that focuses on the desires and talents of each individual student with the help of outstanding professionals, teachers, and mentors.
REEL School - an award-winning total immersion film school for students who are serious about filmmaking.
WillWood - our production company.
Our mission is to serve by example and to help the community,
especially youth, to achieve excellence through the arts, and to
become contributing members of their communities.
Since 54% of Utah’s dropouts are gifted and talented, we feel this is
a worthy mission.
Film-making in the Western Hemisphere is obviously no longer limited to Los Angeles, and that knowledge of locations and resources on this side of the globe can enable folks to realize their film-making dreams, even if they are not in La La Land!
Beyond Tinsel provides insight into what locations and resources are, featuring successful film-making outside of Los Angeles.
Jacob Olson presents Fire at Will
Your chance to get a sneak-peak at another local game that is in development! Jacob is looking to share progress as well as find collaborators!
Fire At Will is a Spaceship Crew Game, where you and your friends, each on separate computers, take different positions on a spaceship. There's the pilot, maneuvering the ship with six-full degrees of freedom through the gravity wells of planets. There's the gunner, firing the batteries of cannons. There's the sensor operator, seeking out the enemy ship with a sensor beam. There's the engineer who makes the ship systems work. And there's the captain, who directs them all in epic space battles.
Tiered World Studios present On Time!
Tiered World Studios has a playable augmented reality entertainment hub for restaurants called #restaurants4STEM that will be piloted in August at their partner restaurant Chick-fil-A Sugarhouse. At UDEN #21 they will be presenting the app's science-based mini-game called, On Time! in white-box version.
On Time! is a delivery themed racing, top-scrolling game for AR mobile that features a spunky Latina named Sharon delivering STEM to kid NPCs by combining power-up items of Subway Surfer with surface alterations of Disney’s Split Second.
COME MEET ALL OUR EXHIBITORS AT UDEN #21!
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
You can find the Game Tyrant Family Gaming Center at 650 N Main St.,North Salt Lake, UT 84054 (click for map).
It's in the E-District, in a quiet residential area just a few minutes north of Salt Lake City (just off I-15).
Free parking is available in front of the Game Tyrant facility.
MORE ABOUT GAME TYRANT
Utah's premier family gaming and LAN center. Home to esports tournaments, fun parties, and awesome events!
Just over two years ago, Game Tyrant debuted their first 10,000 square foot gaming center in North Salt Lake. Since then they have held tournaments every weekend, and been a gaming hangout for thousands of people in the area. With over $500,000 investment, the new center was built with families and gamers in mind. Fiber internet is one of its strong suits. Feel free to download, play, and stream without trouble. PCs, consoles and Virtual Reality rooms.
Game Tyrant can offer interactive companies a space to startup and grow, pre-launch testing with the thousands of consumers that visit the gaming center weekly, launch events and full brand marketing services.WHENFebruary 27, 2019 at 6pmWHEREGeek Tyrant Family Gaming Center
650 N Main St
North Salt Lake City, UT 84054
Google map and directions
This month - we ask what have we achieved together in 2017 so far? What is stopping you from jumping into AR and VR? Film makers or game makers, we make the case for action, inspired in no small measure by the excellent presentations at UDEN 16 last month, especially the live AR demo from WildWorks' Pat Carver, of Animal Jam using Apple's ARKit. Don't know any developers? This is the community to ask! No more excuses!Read more
Thanks Amelia. UDEN only works if the people we’re trying to bring together as a community actually want to participate as a community. In almost four years, our experience is that our regular meetings are popular but outside of the chance for regular networking, there doesn’t seem to be any passion from this community to actually do anything to help grow something bigger.
We’re a non-profit run by volunteers and has proven really hard to get anyone to do anything… post blogs, post details of the events they’re putting on, post job openings (all of which can be done easily on this website or our social channels), collaborate with one another or even volunteer to help!
Maybe we’re doing it all wrong? In which case, let’s have some new blood step forward with some new ideas and leadership. Or join our advisory board.
We’re not giving up – at least yet.
Jonathan Dean published Are You Coming to the VR/AR Party? in Member Blogs 2017-04-12 14:50:45 -0600
The case for our community to focus on AR and VR technologies for economic success.
Jonathan Dean published UDEN #11 - Financing a Creative Business in Member Blogs 2016-07-29 17:26:35 -0600
A panel discussion that addressed:
- Lessons learned from startup accelerators like Tech Stars and Boom Startup;
- What VC’s are really looking for and their specific issues with funding digital entertainment innovations;
- Tips and advice for tapping into a range of resources including angel investors, venture debt, venture capital and strategic partnerships;
- How to present a compelling pitch;
- Resources in Utah that can help.
Read the full blog here: http://www.guv1.com/jonblogs/uden11
A business incubator was the ideal setting for this special UDEN meeting, which was held primarily to help the Salt Lake Disney/Avalanche employees whose studio will be closing next month. While we know them to be highly talented individuals who will have options in what they do next, we thought that perhaps some of them might use this opportunity to start something of their own. With that in mind, we want them to be as prepared as they can be. But our Disney friends weren't the only ones we had in mind: we opened the meeting to anyone interested in starting up on their own. Around 110 people attended, and by show of hands, more than half said they were interested in starting up or joining with others who wanted to startup. 5 people showed their hands when asked if only along for the food :-)
Read my full account of the meeting - including pix! - here: http://www.guv1.com/jonblogs/2016/6/10/uden-startup-meeting
Please feel free to add your comments on the meeting in the comments below, as well as any details you found helpful that I may have missed in my summarizing.
UDEN's 10th membership meeting kicked off at the incredible surrounding of Utah's Natural History Museum.
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Jonathan Dean published UDEN #9 - Meeting Recap, YouTube Panel in Member Blogs 2016-03-12 19:47:19 -0700
I'm going to try and get around to adding a recap of all of our membership meetings over these past 12 months... but don't hold your breath (sorry!).
Here is a recap of our last meeting - feel free to add any additional notes that you took away in the comments!
Its at my website as I haven'y yet figured out how to add a photo gallery here! http://www.guv1.com/jonblogs/2016/3/12/uden-
Also remember that we have our own YT channel that has a bunch of the prior meetings on there - we'll get the last couple added as soon as we have some time to finish the edits! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-XWK4K26AcqLclt458E9xw
We are Swedish entertainment company that opened an office in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the beginning of this year. The creation of Assorted Nuts Gameshttp://www.assortednutsgames.com is an exciting new chapter in the development of our company, from which we will be developing and publishing videogames for mobile smartphones & tablets. Our first title is "Hello Kitty World of Friends" based on the hugely successful and popular Hello Kitty franchise, which is available now for your Android or Apple device. This is a great opportunity to join our passionate team that enjoys collaboration, problem solving and driving business results.
We are looking for a highly motivated candidate that is excited to work in an innovative, challenging and growing industry and who wants to take their career to the next level. Ideally you are a self-starter, experienced in mobile digital marketing including the design and implementation of marketing initiatives, promotions and campaigns across multiple marketing channels, who can demonstrate ROI for these online marketing activities.
Responsibilities will include:
- Propose, develop and execute digital marketing objectives for our game products with the goal of increasing downloads and product awareness;
- Day-to-day management of the agreed online marketing programs, including budgeting, forecasting and reporting, maintenance of marketing calendar;
- Collaborate with the live operations team:
- on new game features that could help integrate future marketing campaigns, partner promotions, customer service and player community engagement;
- to ensure marketing needs are delivered and optimized;
- Measure, monitor, analyze and refine campaigns to drive performance against agreed KPIs;
- Manage SEO and social strategies for existing and new games;
- Identify opportunities for campaigns and distribution channels that will lead to an increase in downloads, including global partner collaborations;
- Work closely with partners to drive promotional strategy and featuring opportunities, including app stores and our licensors;
- Deliver results!
The successful candidate will:
- Be a highly personable, driven marketer with strong marketing experience in gaming, social media, ecommerce or digital products;
- Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications or related discipline. MBA preferred;
- 2+ years of relevant experience in mobile game product marketing, consumer brand marketing or similar roles;
- Creative thinker with outstanding verbal, written and execution skills;
- Excel at on-your-feet problem solving;
- Passionate player of mobile games! Love of Hello Kitty a plus!
- Have the ability to build relationships, manage stakeholders, and articulate a creative vision/direction;
- Have experience in defining and evaluating ROI of digital marketing initiatives;
- Demonstrate a track record of spearheading and executing innovative marketing programs that generate results;
- Strong artistic and design sensibilities preferred;
- Capable of working in a fast-paced startup environment and managing a multitude of projects;
- Some experience working with technical teams (such a game developers) a plus!
This is a full-time position, some occasional travel required. A salary commensurate with experience is offered, as well as benefits. Promotion is a real possibility for the right person in this fast-moving company!
Please send your current resume along with an email explaining why this is the role for you, to firstname.lastname@example.org
It's hard to believe that the foundations for today's UDEN were sown one year ago! On January 15th 2015, Drew Clark held the first Utah Breakfast Club meeting at the State Capital at the crazy hour of 7am! A distinguished panel was set to speak that included:
Virginia Pearce, Director, Utah Film Commission
Clark Stacey, CEO, Wildworks
Marshall N. Wright, Director, Business Development, Governor's Office of Economic Development
Craig Caldwell, USTAR Senior Research Professor, Digital Media Cluster; and Arts Director, Engineering Arts and Entertainment, University of Utah
Drew Clark, Moderator, Founder, Utah Breakfast Club; Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie
...as well as myself. The theme for panel discussion was:
"Well-known as a high-tech haven, Utah also has a supporting role in independent film production, which is showcased each January at the Sundance Film Festival. Less well-publicized is the key role that Salt Lake City has played in computer graphics and digital animation, helping to build a digital entertainment nexus on the Wasatch Front. This panel discussion will assemble key leaders in film and video entertainment to explore questions about Utah’s accomplishments and its promise, about incentives for production, about cultivating talent and about the state’s branding. What do these important industries need to take the next step?"
Highlights from that meeting here: http://www.utahbreakfast.com/news/2015/1/16/the-video-of-the-utah-breakfast-club-on-hollywood-on-the-wasatch-front
The meeting was very well attended by those involved with digital media in the State of Utah (despite the freezing temps and early hour!) and a lively panel discussion ensued with some great and pointed questions being asked. A few familiar themes emerged, which I'll paraphrase, including "Why isn't the State doing more to promote digital media?" and "There is no industry voice to represent the varied needs of this sector". So I asked the room who would join an industry group, and what should it do? Most of the participants were from the entertainment sectors of digital media, especially film and gaming. Virginia posed the interesting idea of a group much like "Made in New York", a successful trade group representing the entertainment sectors of that State. So I offered to start such a group here in Utah if everyone in the room would support it.
Made in Utah was born!
First up was a Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/MIUMadeInUtah which was created that very same day (visit to see how we started!).
Then I formed a committee - many of the panel members became committee members and most of them still serve one year later.
We held our first meeting in March which was very well attended. Soon afterwards the collective decided we needed a better name, not least because 'Made in Utah' is also used to promote other sectors in the State, not least cheese! Hence we transitioned to become the Utah Digital Entertainment Network.
Happy birthday UDEN - and thank you to everyone that has and who continue to support this fledgling effort at becoming a community, the voice called out for at that Breakfast Club meeting!
The News Division of the Deseret News is looking for talented seasonal student intern reporters for the 2016 summer semester. The internship offers students a distinctive journalism experience unlike any other. The News Division is a unique newsroom where TV, radio, print and web reporters work together in an environment that provides news content for five different media platforms. This internship for college students focuses on daily Utah news stories, projects and features for Deseret News, DeseretNews.com and KSL.com with occasional opportunities available for broadcast reporting. The four-month internship is a full-time paid position.
In order to be considered for this internship, you must include with your application a 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) published writing samples (cannot be class papers). You may attach as many documents as you'd like to the online application. (Documents should be uploaded in the same section of the online application as your resume and cover letter.
Students must have a car and are reimbursed for mileage. The internship provides invaluable experience for journalism and communications students.
Skills necessary; Writing that is engaging, thoughtful, informative and rigorous; Ability to work independently and be a self-starter; Training in journalism or other writing experience involving critical/analytical thinking; Knowledge of current events; Ability to take regular feedback and work with editors in a professional environment; Ability to write on deadline and take assignments on short notice; Commitment to Deseret Media Companies mission and values;http://deseretmanagement.com/mission-statement/
Apply at https://Deseretnews.applicantpro.com/jobs/332115.html
Jonathan Dean published So... You Want To Get Into The Games Biz? in Member Blogs 2015-12-08 15:22:51 -0700
I'm frequently asked for the 'inside track' on how to break into the games industry. Sometimes it's a parent whose teenage offspring wants to be a game designer and they want to know what to study; sometimes its a random person I meet at a party who loves (--insert name of mass market game here--) and thinks they could do better. The following is a version of how I respond -- I hope you find it useful if you are pondering this also!Read more
Join as a GROUP if you organize regular meetings in Utah relating to or in some way supporting digital entertainment. Whether as consumers, creators, students or otherwise allied, we would like to list your group here!
Even if you have joined individually, please join as a group on this page. Put your GROUP name as the LAST NAME on the form below, leave first name blank.
Once joined, you can fill out your group BIO - please fill in as many details as you can - purpose, links etc - and remember to add your meetings on our Events page.
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We have a lot of work to do... but there is a catch. Without support, none of this matters. Good people have tried something like this before and given up.
- If YOU like what we’re planning to do here, YOU need to help us make it happen.
- UDEN isn’t just the organizers – we’re all willing volunteers.
- Help us help you help us all
We have established three membership types - all FREE:
Creator- someone who is actively creating digital entertainment in Utah (both corporate and individual);
Examples: game developer, script writer, film director, indie game studio, VFX artist, game designer, post-production company, film director, game producer etc JOIN AS A CREATOR
Associate - someone who supports digital entertainment in Utah (both corporate and individual);
Examples: providing goods or services - marketing, legal, financial, tools, technologies, investor, incubator, sponsors etc JOIN AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER
GROUP - an association or regular meeting of people who are involved with digital entertainment in Utah
Examples: consumers, creators, students or other types of supporters of the industry that have a group purpose or mission - script writing associations, video game playing groups, film makers, mobile game maker associations etc - join here and keep help us direct new members to you! Even if you joined as an individual, get your group listed in its own right REGISTER YOUR GROUP
NOTE: You require a different email address to join as a GROUP than you use when registering as an individual
WHAT DO I GET BY JOINING?
You'll be helping us create a more viable, sustainable ecosystem for the creators of digital entertainment content and technology in Utah. The bigger our community, the more effective we can be.
You'll be able to attend our regular membership meetings, network with fellow industry professionals, gain valuable insights into new technologies, business practices, opportunities and more.
Plus every now and then, we get some great discounts just for UDEN members.
Above all, it's your chance to be a part of building this community for the benefit of everyone in it.
- We need YOU to support our activities, HELP us by DOING something that gets us to these goals faster
- BE A PART of this in whatever way you can
- Come to our regular membership meetings and participate
- Offer to help other members if they have needs you can supply
- Volunteer to be on one of our committees – just a few hours a month
- If you see one of our social media posts, please share them in your own networks – some of you are doing this – and it really makes a difference
- If you can afford to sponsor one of our meetings at your location – please reach out to us
- Help us compile the lists of companies and groups, dates of upcoming events etc
- BE AN ADVOCATE for UDEN
- If we’re truly a community, then we’ll do this together
Jonathan Dean published Member Directory - Creators in Membership Directory 2015-08-19 10:47:56 -0600
Utah has incredible creative and technological talent - but it seems like that's a secret - almost like the great quality of life offered here. UDEN is important because it is helping build a community of all the great digital entertainment niches we have - and it needs our support in as many ways as we can give. Together we can grow what is already here, ensuring careers and prosperity right in the place we choose to live