Deus Ex and Epic Mickey creator Warren Spector will be named Game Changer Honoree at Playcrafting’s 2017 Bit Awards for his global impact on the art and industry of games. The Bit Awards celebrates the year in games and the people behind them, with a special focus on developers on the rise. Mr. Spector will be live at the show, which will also feature a dedicated musical performance of work from his best-known games.
Spector has redefined genres in both the tabletop and video game worlds since he began his career at Steve Jackson Games in 1983. From TSR’s Top Secret/S.I., ORIGIN’s Ultima Underworld and Looking Glass Technologies’ System Shock to Ion Storm’s Deus Ex, Spector demonstrated that by combining elements of RPG and First Person Shooters, he had the ability to produce unique gameplay experiences.
Along with his game development work, Spector also served as a prolific educator at the University of Texas at Austin. From 2013-2016, Spector was the backbone for a new post-baccalaureate game development program at the UT’s Denious-Sams Gaming Academy. Feeding forward his experience of nearly 30 years in gaming, he has impacted the lives of hundreds of game developers of the next generation.
“Warren perfectly exemplifies what it looks like to ‘level up’ the entire games industry. He has left an indelible imprint on games and continues to influence the developers of today and aspiring developers of tomorrow. We are extremely proud to acknowledge him as our 2017 Game Changer Honoree,” said Dan Butchko, Founder of Playcrafting.
The Bit Awards are organized by Playcrafting, a nationwide organization that offers courses and events for veteran and aspiring game creators to hone their skills and connect with thousands of fans. Last year’s Game Changer recipient was Ted Price, CEO and Founder of Insomniac Games, Inc.
The 2017 Bit Awards is produced by Playcrafting, in partnership with the Parsons School of Design, and will take place on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the John L. Tishman Auditorium (63 5th Ave) in New York City. The event is open to the public, with the ceremony starting at 8:00pm.