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July 22, 2016


NewSchool of Architecture & Design Hosts San Diego Gam3rCon 2016 Through Sunday

Media Contact:
Rachael Lighty

San Diego CA, July 22, 2016 – NewSchool of Architecture & Design (NewSchool) will serve as the host venue and title sponsor of Gam3rcon, the premier gaming convention in San Diego for gamers, by gamers. The 7th annual convention, which kicked off on July 21 and runs through Sunday, July 24, is an affordable, family-friendly event celebrating game play and the gaming culture and showcases cutting-edge trends and technology in the digital gaming industry. Taking place during San Diego Comic-Con International, Gam3rCon will feature two buildings of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming-themed artwork, live theater and block parties.

During the five day convention, popular games such as Moral Kombat, Halo 4, Mario Kart, Kubb: Viking Chess and Super Smash Bros. are some that will be on display for attendees to participate in.

Additionally, NewSchool faculty will lead and contribute to the following presentations:

“Pitch Your Game Idea”
Presenter: George Rothrock
Saturday, July 23rd 3p.m. – 4.30p.m.

About George: George Rothrock has been a creative professional for 19 years. He has filled art, production, design, brand, publishing and executive roles at Sony Computer Entertainment, Redzone Interactive, Qualcomm’s FLO TV and Playdek – and currently serves as a faculty member at NewSchool of Architecture & Design. George entered the video game industry as an artist and rose through senior producer, designer and business director at an independent publisher. A veteran of successful startups, he has been a part of small to medium team development and execution for most of his career. With credit in 18 shipped video games and several expansions, he is passionate about gaming and entertainment.

“Location based mobile gaming – how did we get here and what’s next after Pokemon Go?”
Presenter: Mark Ollila, PhD
Saturday, July 23rd 5p.m. – 6p.m.

About Mark: Dr. Mark Ollila is GM Innovation and New Products at Verve Mobile, the leader in mobile location based marketing. Previous to this Mark held senior positions at Nokia, heading up games publishing, launching various new mobile game formats and award winning experiences, as well as been founding chair of Meqon Research AB (the physics middleware technology absorbed by NVIDIA). He is actively involved in the research and startup community and has been an active contributor to New School of Architecture and Design through his expertise in games.

“I’m excited to see Gam3rCon come to NewSchool for its 7th year,” said George Rothrock, faculty member, NewSchool of Architecture & Design. “Design plays a major factor in the creation of any game and there’s no better place to showcase the growth and landscape of design in gaming than at NewSchool, which is located in the heart of the design district in downtown San Diego.”

For more information on Gam3rCon and to purchase tickets please visit:

For more information on NewSchool of Architecture & Design please contact Rachael Lighty at

About Gam3rCon:

Gam3rCon is a volunteer run not-for-profit organization by gamers for gamers in San Diego, Calif. Gam3rCon hosts events year-round for the community and during the summer, produces its annual multi-day, family-friendly Gam3rCon convention. For more information, visit

About NewSchool of Architecture & Design:

Located in downtownSan Diego, NewSchool prepares students for career success in design fields through an emphasis on interdisciplinary and global design skills, industry collaborations and real-world projects. Programs of study include architecture, construction management, product design, media design, design studies, and interior architecture & design. The school’s design environment provides inspiration for the school’s students and faculty, recognized for their work regionally and internationally. NewSchool is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission.

NewSchool’s Bachelor and Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NewSchool is a member of the Laureate International Universities network – a global network of more than 80 campus-based and online universities in 28 countries. Through this network, students at NewSchool are prepared to work in a global and diverse work environment through the school’s collaborations with sister institutions in the Laureate network, including award-winning schools such as Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. For more information about Laureate International Universities, visit