EGD's FREE Convention is BACK!
Waffle Games is the EGD's annual convention and conference held each spring semester run by students, for students. Although our convention this year cannot return to its full scale IRL, we are excited to invite students to apply for our Student Summit, and are committed to bringing the experience to everyone across the world once again virtually. In 2021 the event was broadcasted to over 500 attendees from 21 different countries, and our 2019 event brought in over 500 students to Hunter College in New York City to play, design, compete, and learn.
The care of the future of games is ours
...and when we democratize games education, we all win.
More than just an affordable con, Waffle Games is a celebration of what it means to be involved with gaming. Panels, workshops, tournaments, and an expo hall come to life every spring with one mission: to allow everyone the chance to get involved with the community, chase their dreams, and change our industry for the better.
XR Panel (2021): Jessica Kantor, The Look Club; Noelle Masurek, Games for Change; Lawrence Yang, Valve; Will Roberts, VR Diamond Leauge; Lupe Leos, California State University Long Beach.
Game Translation and Localization (2019): Ayaka Sato, College of Staten Island
DATES & THINGS TO DO
April 2nd - IRL in NYC | April 3rd - Virtual
Virtual expo hall with over 50 exhibitors to interact with! Play their games, try their products, and ogle at their art while you try to convince yourself that you don't need another fanart print of your favorite character.
Panels, workshops, and talks from industry professionals, hobbyists, and people like you! We encourage anyone who has something to share to do so - from career advice on breaking into games, to how to make the best D&D map.
Gaming sessions from Jackbox Party Pack to 7 Wonders. We'll have video game and board game sessions IRL, as well as drop-in party games and PUGs online.
No entry fee online tournaments, including an SSBU double elimination bracket with a $500 prize pool, and other games to be announced (I heard rumors about Guilty Gear Strive, League of Legends, and musical chairs...).
One-shot RPG campaigns for both beginner and experienced players.
Networking opportunities, including virtual speed networking where you get zoomed away every 5 minutes to someone new. Summit attendees will be paired with a mentor!
Free-to-enter and donation raffles. You could win merch, games, maybe even something bigger...
IRL WAFFLES! Need we say more.
Building Better Worlds through Game Culturalization (2021): Kate Edwards, Geogrify/Global Game Jam
FREE by application.
Student Summit badges are valid for HS and college students 16 and older. Apply HERE for a badge!
Experience the Sunday event live from your gaming chair. Or couch.
Virtual Physical Badge & Stickers
Want a shiny event badge? Waffle stickers?
Virtual E.G. Deer Appreciation
Our most popular donation level, includes a physical event badge, E.G. Deer screen/glasses cleaner, waffle emote stickers, and new E.G. Deer stickers!
The Virtual Waffle Pack
OMG an actual waffle shipped to your door? Also includes a physical event badge, both emote stickers, screen/glasses cleaner, and other assorted surprise goodies! If you are a student enrolling for the fall 2022 semester, the Waffle Pack also includes an EGD voting membership for 2022-23.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our in-person event venue for the Student Summit will be open from 10:15AM-4:15PM ET on Saturday, April 2nd. Our virtual event plaform will open at 8AM PT/11AM ET on Sunday, April 3rd. The virtual event platform will close at 8:59PM PT/11:59PM ET.
COVID-19 / Key to NYC Compliance
Please be advised that all attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster shot if eligable.
For proof of vaccination you may use:
CDC Vaccination Card.
CLEAR Health Pass (You can use the digital vaccine card option in the CLEAR app if you are 18 and older and are fully vaccinated)
NYC Vaccination Record or other official immunization record, including from your health care provider.
NYC COVID Safe App
Excelsior Pass (or Excelsior Pass Plus). To use this app, you will need the phone number or email address associated with your New York vaccination record. If you are unable to use this app, try one of the other options listed above.
CUNY VaxPass (within Everbridge or Cleared4)
Age Restrictions & Kid Badges
Any virtual attendees under 13 must use their parent or guardian's Hopin account to access the space and agree to supervise their use of the application to the extent appropriate.
While Waffle Games welcomes attendees under 18, this event occurs in an adult setting and may involve adult discussions and mature themes such as religion, violence, gender issues and human sexuality, war, politics, and other issues that encompass the realm of college and industry level considerations and discussions. Talk and gameplay sessions, as well as event chat functions may contain profanity. All attendees under 18 will be required to have a parent or guardian sign an event consent form, which must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for Virtual Sunday.
EGD is dedicated to keeping the event as accessible as possible for students. If you are a student with dependent children or responsible for younger siblings, childcare will be available at the Student Summit for free.
Anyone can apply to speak or exhibit at Waffle Games, whether you're a student, hobbyist, academic, or industry pro. We want our event to be an open exchange of ideas and celebration of everyone in gaming!
We accept submissions for panels, workshops, and talks of all kinds for both IRL Saturday and Virtual Sunday. Whether you want to talk about your love for Elder Scrolls lore or provide technical advice on shaders, we're open to hearing about it!
You may request specific accomodations on the Student Summit application. Captions will be on all talks and panels on Virtual Sunday.