LTUX Gaming Convention

April 19th 2021 - April 24th 2021

About Us


LTUX is an annual campus-wide expo at Lawrence Technological University that combines anime, games, and eSports events to present the latest and greatest student projects, local game developers, business partners, cosplay competitions, eSports tournaments, talks, panels, and more! Advised by Assistant Professor of Game Design Mars Ashton & Game Software Development Lecturer Jose Gonzalez-Belmonte, student leaders pool their resources together each year to provide a free celebration of everything LTU has to offer. Great work, a friendly and welcoming studio culture, and amazing potential.

This year, LTU Expo is fully online, starting Monday April, 19th at 6:00 PM and running until Saturday, April 24th at 11:59 PM. Watch keynote speakers discuss their experience working in the gaming industry, root for your favorite team in the exciting Esports competition, and try the latest and greatest indie games from our amazing students and local developers. Events include panels, indie game demos, an ExtraLife 24-hour charity stream, and more! Pop in our Discord to interact with other attendees and join the fun. The entire event will be streamed on https://www.twitch.tv/statechampsesports.

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Speakers


Cameron Kunzelman
Cameron Kunzelman has written about video games for nearly a decade. Sometimes he works on video games.
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Ascot Smith
Ascot Smith is a game & narrative designer, writer, and creative producer.
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Danielle Sirekis
Inaugural Head Coach of the esports team at Lawrence Technological University.
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Dylan Chapman
Teacher at Grass Lake High School. Co-founder and Vice President of The Michigan High School esports Federation.
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Emily Rose
Emily Rose is currently a producer working in the games industry.
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Erich Bao
Erich is the founder of GGLeagues, the premier recreational esports platform.
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Nate Berens
Nathaniel Berens is the developer of the acclaimed narrative adventure game Sagebrush, released in 2018 by his independent studio Redact Games.
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Stephen J
Head Esports Coach at Detroit Catholic Central | Junior at University of Michigan - Dearborn.
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Ty Galiz-Rowe
Ty Galiz-Rowe is the founder and editor-in-chief of Uppercut, an award winning independent games criticism outlet.
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Schedule


6:00 PM - 6:30 PM EST
Opening Ceremonies

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EST
10 Ways To Think About Games For The Coming Decade (Keynote Talk) - Cameron Kunzelman

In this talk, I am going to talk about ten lessons I have learned for thinking about games from a critical and developmental perspective. These are ways to consider games as cultural objects, as commodities for sale, and as pieces of art that have to navigate both of those angles. It should be a good time.

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST
Panel - How to Avoid Burnout

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM EST
Panel - How to do Digital Portfolios

9:00 PM - 10 PM EST
IGDA Detroit - Ascot Smith

6:00 PM EST
Speaker 1 - Ty Galiz-Rowe

I'll be discussing my personal journey with founding a games site, and the details of what running a site like Uppercut actually looks like, including our principles, ethics, and methodologies, especially in comparison to other methods and outlets in the landscape.

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
Senior Thesis Showcase

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Speaker 2 - Tobias Rusjan

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST
Senior Thesis Showcase Part 2

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
eSports Speakers - Stephen J, Erich Bao, & Danielle Sirekis

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST
eSports Competition

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Speaker 3 - Nate Berens

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST
Integrated Game Studio Showcase

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Speaker 4 - Emily Rose

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
Indie Game Showcase/Interviews

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST
Award Ceremony

12:00 PM - 12:00 AM EST
Infinite Machine/ExtraLife Charity Stream