Presented by the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, GameFest is an annual celebration of student creativity and innovation in the broader fields of analog and digital game design. The two-day event takes the form of a game development showcase, symposium, and competition with prizes awarded by a panel of local industry experts.

Pixel art banner for GameFest 2023.

General Information

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Location: Tech Valley Center of Gravity (TVCOG) 
Address: 30 3rd St 1st Floor, Troy, NY 12180

GameFest is returning in person for the first time in four years! 

GameFest 2023 is set to include a live showcase and award ceremony featuring nominations across nine categories, all of which were judged by a panel of local industry professionals. This year, we received fifty-four submissions from eight universities across New York State, Connecticut, and Massachusetts -- an initial round of evaluations brought the final number for our showcase down to thirty teams from across the region. 

See below for more detailed info about this year's event.

Poster and Banner Credit: Annabel Prodnuk (GSAS '23)

Attending GameFest 2023

  • 1:00pm: Doors Open to the Public
  • 1:00 - 5:00pm Game Showcase
  • 5:00 - 6:00pm: Break
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm: Award Ceremony

The Tech Valley Center of Gravity does not have a dedicated parking lot. 

However, municipal parking lots and garages and on-street parking are all free on weekends in Troy. We tend to recommend the Fifth Avenue Garage (located at Fifth Avenue and Broadway) or the State Street Garage (located at State Street and River Street) due to their proximity to the venue. 

The Tech Valley Center of Gravity has two entrances: one on Broadway and one on 3rd Street. Please use the entrance on Broadway. The entrance on 3rd Street requires an electronic key fob and will be closed to public access during the event. 

Note that the entrance on Broadway is shared with Burrito Burrito. Once you enter the foyer, the showcase will be located through another doorway to your right. The foyer has a ramp for accessibility.  

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