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Guest Lecturers and Advisors

Industry leaders regularly participate as guest lecturers, advisors, and invited keynote speakers at SMU Guildhall.

Guildmasters

Our Guildmasters represent some of the most talented leaders and veterans in the video game industry. They are advisors, partners, and advocates for SMU Guildhall and have each also served as a graduation keynote speaker.

 

Aaron Thibault
Aaron Thibault
Vice President of Product Development & Executive Producer, Gearbox Software
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Adam Sessler
President, TheoryHead, Inc.; Previous: Rev3Games
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Dan Connors
Co-Founder & Executive Advisor, Telltale Games
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Drew Murray
Creative Director & Programmer, Insomniac Game (Sunset Overdrive)
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Gabe Newell
Co-Founder, Mg. Dir., Valve Corp.; AIAS Hall of Fame
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Greg Zeschuk
Former Co-Founder & GM, BioWare: AIAS Hall of Fame
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Jennell Jaquays
Game Designer; Former: Ensemble Studios (Halo Wars), id Software (Quake)
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JJ Richards
Indie Game Developer; Founder, Spontaneous Quirk
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Kate Edwards
Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association
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Ken Levine
Former Creative Director/Co-Founder, Irrational Games (BioShock)
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Mark Randel
Founder & Principal Technologist, Terminal Reality
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Michael Gallagher
President/CEO, Ent. Software Assoc.
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Paul Barnett
Sr. Game Designer; Previous: BioWare-Mythic
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Paul Bettner
CEO/Founder, Playful; Co-Creator, Words With Friends
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Richard Garriott
Founder, Origin (Ultima Series); Founder: Portalarium: AIAS Hall of Fame; GDC LTA Award
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Richard Hilleman
Director, PMT, Amazon Games; Formerly CCO, Electronic Arts
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Rob Pardo
Creative Advisor, Unity; Previous: Chief Creative Officer, Blizzard (World of Warcraft, Starcraft)
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Steve Nix
CEO, Yvolver, Inc,; GameStop, id Software, Ritual
Tanya Watson
Tanya Watson
Co-Founder & COO, Squanchtendo; formerly Executive Producer, Epic Games
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Ted Price
Founder, President & CEO, Insomniac Games (Ratchet & Clank)
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Tim Sweeney
Founder/CEO, Epic Games; AIAS Hall of Fame
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Tom Hall
Former Co-Founder, id Software (Doom), ION Storm
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Warren Spector
Founder, Junction Point Studios; GDC LTA Award; Previous: Origin (Wing CommanderSeries)

Game Changers Speaker Series

The Game Changers Speaker Series, established in Spring 2015, invites industry professionals to deliver special topics presentations to the Guildhall student body and community as an extension of the SMU Guildhall mission — to educate and inspire the next generation of video game developers. The series is streamed on our Twitch channel.

 

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David Helgason
Founder, Unity Technologies
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Doug Lombardi
VP Marketing, Valve Software
Garrett Young
Garrett Young
General Manager, id Software
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Yusuke Naora
Art Director, Square Enix