Today we’re pleased to welcome to campus Philip Holt, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Orlando game developer Row Sham Bow. The company was founded in 2011, and has had hits with titles like Woodland Heroes, which won Gamastura’s award for 2011 Social Game of the Year.
Philip is a 20-year veteran of the gaming industry, with additional credits on Madden NFL and Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and will be speaking to students at 5:00 p.m. in the Game Studies Conference Room. Checking in with us before his talk, he explained his enthusiasm for visiting with up and coming game developers.
“Our industry depends on a steady supply of smart, passionate, and well educated graduates, so I’m always happy to share my perspective with local schools, colleges, and universities,” he says. “I can easily talk about building a career, the changing landscape of the game industry, and what that means for the changing skill sets in demand today.”
This is the latest event hosted by our Game Production Club, a campus organization created as a way for game studies students to network and meet with professionals. Recent Game Design Master’s graduate Jeremy Fountaine, the founder and outgoing president of the club, personally selected Philip for this month’s lecture.
“He has a lot of experience at the big studios, but then he’s also now working at his own start-up,” Jeremy says. “I really wanted someone who could talk about start-ups and getting on your feet, and he’s a perfect fit. I know a lot of students who want to get out of school and build their own companies.”