EGD's FREE Convention & Conference
Waffle Games is the EGD's annual convention and conference held each spring semester run by students, for students. After three years of a virtual-only experience, Waffle Games is finally back in NYC as a hybrid event across two days! Our virtual event was broadcasted to over 500 attendees from 21 different countries, and our 2019 event brought in over 500 students to Hunter College to play, design, compete, and learn. We're excited to welcome you back in-person this year at City College!
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 15th - Day 1 (CCNY NAC Building)
April 16th - Day 2 (Virtual)
IRL & 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, as well as drop-in PUGs.
No entry fee tournaments, including League of Legends, Valorant, Overwatch 2, Teamfight Tactics, Mariokart, Guilty Gear Strive, SSBM Singles, SSBM Crews, and SSBU.
One-shot RPG campaigns for both beginner and experienced players.
Networking opportunities. Chat and meet with peers and industry professionals.
Free-to-enter and donation raffles. You could win merch, games, maybe even something bigger...
Building Better Worlds through Game Culturalization (2021): Kate Edwards, Geogrify/Global Game Jam
Gain insight into your potential career path! Discover what skills you need, what the profession entails, how to find the right opportunities, and how to build a portfolio that can get you noticed.
More technical sessions aimed at building and expanding fundamental skills, as well as case studies and deep-dives.
Around the Industry
Dive into current industry innovations with topics such as inclusivity, esports, the metaverse, education, and socially-driven experiences. We invite you to share your insights, solve problems, and shape the future of the gaming industry.
Community of Play
Casual gamers and fandom-lovers unite! Players, hobbyists, and creators of all kinds can benefit from these sessions centered on gaming communities.
Past speakers have included:
Natalie Asport Vehicles and Weapons Artist, Avalanche Studios
Jimmy Bauer Partnerships Account Coordinator, Gen.G
Michael Cooper Software Development Engineer, Amazon Games
Victor Davila Retail Merchandising Manager, MSI
Kate Edwards CEO, Geogrify & Former Executive Director, Global Game Jam
Jonathan Flesher Head of Business Development, Discord
Kevin "Kebunbun" Hoang Partnerships Account Manager, Twitch
Tamara Hughes Trust & Safety Team Lead, Rec Room
Jenelle Jaquays Art & Content Creation Veteran
Josh Mancell Composer, Freelance (Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter)
Dominic Nguyen GeForce Student Program Lead, NVIDIA
Coraly Rosario Senior UX Designer, Niantic
Tori Schafer Senior Narrative & Content Designer, Proletariat Inc.
Kate Smith Associate Technical Designer, WB Games
Oshin Tudayan Social Media Strategist, Riot Games
Lawrence Yang UX Designer, Valve
Yiyi Zhang Community & PR Manager, Heart Machine
and many, many more!
Why should I study games?Games are *everywhere* these days. You can't be a kid and not play Minecraft, VR/AR are the newest things in the tech sector, esports are selling out stadiums, and everyone from hospitals to opera houses are using games to engage and interact. Games are the newest form of storytelling and art, but also at the forefront of research breakthroughs. They're changing how we live, work, and play. We're on the brink of a social revolution!
How viable is this career path anyways?The industry is an infamously hard place to break in to (and stay in). Jobs openings for game developers in AAA are hard to find, but jobs in other gaming-related fields are growing (especially in VR/AR). Today's definitions of a video game and video game creator are completely different than they were - and there are so many more ways to work in games than AAA these days! There's the infamous indie side hustle, a boom in the demand in academia, and many non-game companies, nonprofits, and even the government are now hiring game designers! There are also adjacent fields in tech, media, and the arts that your degree will prepare you to pursue as well - you're just learning those skills through the lense of game development and esports! And we won't leave you hanging. We assist with internship and job placements.
How much time will I need to dedicate to the program?You should expect ~6 hours a week. This includes your night section (and Wednesday afternoons for first-year students), trips, and group/solo work. Hours will vary from week to week, but you will know far in advance!
Where and when do the programs happen?Exploration students in all sections meet virtually Wednesdays from 1-3PM ET in addition to their main section. NYC section meets Friday night from 7PM-9PM ET in-person at City College. National section meets one weekday night a week from 6PM-7PM PT / 9PM-10PM ET virtually. This changes each year based off of the group's availability If you are intersted in starting an in-person section on your campus or in your city, please reach out to email@example.com
Can I be in both GSP and EMP?Yes. If you are a CUNY student, you will need to pursue a dual concentration. Please see "CUNY Section" FAQ for more info about pursing a dual concentration.
Are there any costs associated with the program?EGD's Fellowship programs are free for EGD voting members. If you are not an EGD member, acceptance into the program will be contingent on you becoming an EGD voting member, which costs $10 a year.
I have a religious obligation on Friday nights. Can I still be in the NYC section?Yes! The NYC section runs on Friday nights because most students end their courses ~5PM on Fridays. If you have religious obligations, please note that in your application and we will excuse you from participating on those days. Although Friday nights are a main component of the program, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to take advantage of!
I'm an incoming freshman! Do I have to wait until after my first semester?You do not. It's actually highly suggested that you apply as soon as you commit to a college. You do not need to choose a concentration until the end of Exploration, so apply early! If you have already been accepted into any CUNY community college or senior college, you may apply to the CUNY section the program.
My GPA is under a 2.8. Can I still apply?Yes! We will accept students into the program conditionally. However, your GPA must be raised to a 2.8 by the end of your first year in the program.
I am a part time student. Can I still apply?Yes! Please list your expected graduation semester in your application so we can place you in the correct studio group or academic plan.
I'm a senior and just found out about this! Can I still apply?Students in their final semesters completing a relevant degree, with a strong track record of experiences in their chosen discipline, will be admitted to our Transitional Program. We ask that seniors applying submit their resume. For students in their final semesters of school interested in the Fellows program who are not completing a relevant degree, we suggest completing your current degree and entering a second degree program at your school, or a games masters program - and then applying to GSP or EMP. This will ensure you get enough experience, while not needing to do 4 more years of school. CUNY students that are willing to take an extra year to matriculate into CUNY BA may do so, but we suggest doing CUNY BA as a second degree if your degree wasn't relevant so you can still get recognition for your unrelated degree.
So are concentrations majors? Or...They might be! We will work with you to find the degree program at your school that most closely aligns with your career goals. If your college does not have an official program related to your chosen concentration, many schools have an interdisciplinary program - you most likely will be studying within that department. CUNY section Concentrations are not *technically* majors, but are basically the same! You will be awarded a Bachelors of Arts or a Bachelors of Science, degrees are accredited and conferred by the CUNY Graduate Center, and you will list your concentration name on your resume where your major would be.
I'm not sure what concentration I want to pursue yet!You can safely be undecided until around the end of your sophomore year! Although we push students to pick a concentration after the end of freshman year so you can begin foundational courses, many concentrations share core classes - so you won't fall behind if you need another year to figure it out.
What if I want to focus on two things?Careers in games generally require high specialization. A dual concentration will function in your academic plan as a double major, so you come out highly skilled in both areas of interest. Dual concentrations will require more planning, so if you want to pursue it, it's best you start your studies before 60 credits (end of sophomore year). You will need two faculty mentors, one for each concentration. For CUNY Section students, you can do a dual concentration through CUNY BA.
Can I switch concentrations?Switching your concentration is just as hard as switching your major. It is possible, but you may need to take an extra semester or two depending on how far into your studies you are. If you are unsure about which concentration you'd like to pursue, we reccommend not declaring it outright and taking the time to work with our advisors to figure it out!
How do I know if my application has been recieved?We process applications in batches every month over the summer, and every other month during the semester. If you have not recieved an email after 60 days, shoot us an email!
I missed the deadline. What now?Your application will be processed for the next upcoming semester! We accept Fall students up until the last week of September, and Spring students up until the last week of January. You can request an appointment with an advisor before applying if your course registration date is coming up soon!
Do I need to have a faculty mentor before applying?Nope! We'll work with you to find an advisor.
Why do we run through CUNY BA, and why should you be excited about it?CUNY BA students are highly motivated; the average GPA of entering students is 3.35. CUNY BA accepts most credits students have previously taken (up to 90, including military, IB and AP credits) and apply them to degree requirements. Students know their remaining degree requirements on their first day in CUNY BA! Enrolled students can apply for life experience credits. You’ll be able to apply for financial aid and scholarships at your home college. You’ll also be able to apply for CUNY BA's scholarships! Not only is CUNY the most affordable university in New York, with so many flexible options for earning credit through CUNY BA, it's the most cost-effective. Students enrolled in a CUNY community college can apply to CUNY BA and start working on their B.A. or B.S. degrees immediately. Up to 68 community college credits can be accepted. Enjoy all the benefits of your home college and CUNY BA! Each student works with a full-time CUNY faculty member and a designated academic advisor. CUNY BA offers workshops on applying to graduate school, applying for major fellowships, studying abroad, and others based on student interest. Students have access to CUNY courses in all five NYC boroughs, in addition to amazing internship opportunities. Select the courses that interest you most. Take advantage of independent study, internships, honors courses, study abroad, graduate-level courses and credit-by-exam. Go to school part- or full-time; day, night, weekend or online. Get the degree that will work for you: 80% of CUNY BA alumni report they are working in positions related to their self-designed areas of concentration! And 99% say they enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
Is EGD officially affiliated with CUNY or CUNY BA?No. The EGD Collective is an independant nonprofit organization, run by some very dedicated CUNY students and alumni! We work to remove barriers in games communities and makie the industry a more accessible academic and career opportunity for all. EGD supports casual gaming communities, as well as aspiring and early-career games professionals by powering public-facing student-led organizations on state college and university campuses. EGD provide free events, educational programming, and support systems to help students navigate through academic, financial, and emotional crises - ensuring students can complete their education and are prepared to establish healthy workplace boundaries in whichever field they choose. The first EGD member college was founded at CUNY Hunter College in 2016, and we've been here ever since!
I'm a Macaulay Honors College student. Can I still apply?Yes! CUNY BA awards joint degrees with MHC.
What if I don't ever make it into CUNY BA?This should not be the case if games are something you really want to pursue. Students with a low GPA are often in their first year of study, or were taking classes/majoring in something they did not have an affinity for or enjoy. We'll help you find your calling and raise your GPA if you've had a rough semester (or a few). You may need to take an extra semester or so to get back on track, but you can do it!
MPA - Baruch College '25
Hunter College '20
MSW - Hunter College '23
Hunter College '19
Hunter College '21
Queens College '22
City College '25
CUNY BA '23
CUNY BA '25
MA - Lindenwood University '24
CUNY BA '22
David Arcos Mawyin
Stony Brook University '24
Borough of Manhattan Community College '23
Hunter College '22
Hunter College '20
City College '17
Hunter College '20
Hunter College '24
CUNY BA '22
Community College '23
CUNY BA '23
CUNY BA '24
Hunter College '24
MA - Miami University '23
Saint Michael's College '20
CUNY BA '24