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Bill Podurgiel

Studio Manager – Avalanche Studios

I’m Makin’ Games Over Here! Forging a Career in Games in NYC

New York City is a metropolis unlike any other and the NYC game development industry is no different. 30+ studios within a few miles of each other but only a handful of traditional AAA developers. Dozens of major brands and agencies but only a pair of traditional games publishers. A rich history of hit games, massive franchises, and scrappy success stories but little awareness as the 4th largest North American Game Development hub. A panel of NYC games industry stalwarts (Bill Podurgiel – Avalanche Studios, Nick Fortugno – Playmatics, Coray Seifert – Experiment 7) comprising 40 years of NYC game development experience details the specific challenges and opportunities of working on games in The City.

Currently Studio Manager for Avalanche Studios in NYC, Bill originally joined the games industry as an artist in 1994 after a chance encounter in a Baltimore bar. After working up to art director he switched gears and moved into production and most recently operations. His alma maters include Microprose, Big Huge Games, and Zenimax Online and he has worked on RTS, MMO, and action games. In addition to video games Bill is a published board game designer.

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