GAME DEVELOPMENT IN NEW ORLEANS

Get your game on!

Xbox Game Studios Game Development Camp, announced in 2020 by Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios, has finished, an experience that ran from September 28, 2020 to March 25, 2021 that engaged 170 people over the age of 18 throughout Louisiana and organized them into 17 teams.

“We had several initiatives at the time that intended to bring more people of color, specifically Black folks, into the gaming industry. New Orleans bubbled to the top of the list of potential locales due to its distinct culture, an abundance of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) and the recent addition of an office for inXile – a company that falls under Xbox Game Studios – to the Big Easy. And when schools and studios in the area started circulating information about this camp, the Xbox team realized they had tapped into a burgeoning game development scene eager for opportunities to connect and grow.”

– Melissa Boone, a senior Xbox research manager

400 applicants

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175+ participants

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17 teams

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NEW ORLEANS

A unique, inspirational city with opportunities for creating amazement.

For centuries, New Orleans has been a muse for creatives, serving as a backdrop of inspiration for music, art, literature, and more. Today, due to an attractive tax incentive, studios and support companies can harness the creative engine here, creating career opportunities for people who love to make games.

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The Games

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Xbox Game Studios Game Camp Powered By Unity was a free, four-week course that taught foundational skills in Unity, C# programming, and game design through a mix of self-paced learning and live instruction. The main project for teams was the creation of a fully functional game – so come explore what the participants made!

Come Play

The Game Camp games will be ready to play very soon, sign up to find out when these amazing titles are released!

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We are here to help if you’re looking for an exciting career in game development.

Videogame Training Opportunities

Louisiana has many training and higher education opportunities to help further your interest and knowledge in video game  development.  Please reach out to each school or program directly for additional information.

Operation Spark

JavaScript Immersion program online. Bootcamp takes you from zero coding knowledge to job-ready programmer in 6 months

University of New Orleans (UNO)

Game Development concentration includes graphics programming, physics modeling, AI, system resources optimization, UI design, computer networking, and game design.

Ben Samuel
bsamuel@cs.uno.edu

LSU Digital Media Arts & Engineering

Offers a top interactive, media and entertainment technology program where students solve complex problems using professional tools and pipelines.

Marc Aubanel
maubanel@cct.lsu.edu

LSU School of Art + Design

Animation Career Review ranked LSU’s School of Art as one of the top- 10 animation school programs in the South

Lindsey Johnson
johnson1@lsu.edu

Tulane University

Specializations in Game Art & Animation, Graphic Design or Interactive Design. These programs are led by industry professionals.

Amanda Garcia
amandagarcia@tulane.edu

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Video Game Design and Development selects electives related to video games, human-computer interaction, graphics, artificial intelligence, visual arts & design, and storytelling.

Arun Kulshreshth
arunkul@Louisiana.edu

Loyola University New Orleans

Department of Design’s Interactive Degree builds on the fundamentals of design theory.  Loyola also offers a Game Studies minor as part of Interdisciplinary Studies.

David Myers
dmyers@loyno.edu

Tim Welsh
twelsh@loyno.edu

Tech Talent South

New Orleans location offers a wide range of programing, coding, design and other disciplines covering technology skills.

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Get to know the companies in New Orleans

A cluster of studios and support companies have descended on South Louisiana providing opportunities for employment in the region within video game development.

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