Warren Spector is one of the most well-known game developers in the country.
Spector is the keynote speaker at the Captivate Conference, which kicked off Sunday at the Palmer Events Center. The brand new event connects the local music, film, education and game development industries.
"You have to bring together the efforts of programmers, editors, artists, audio specialists, testers,” Spector said.
Spector has been in the business for almost 30 years and knows what an important task it can be to keep a connection alive.
"We get to cross-pollinate,” he said. “We get to talk to our peers in other media, and that is new and special and I think it will benefit everyone."
According to Spector and his peers, Austin is in a weird creative business situation. The Capital City has great creators, but not the money to get noticed.
“Even though we are considered a top five city for game development and the live music capital of the world, we don't have much say in the industry,” Captivate organizer Fred Schmidt said. "The publishers for the game industry are still in San Francisco, most of the music industry is still based in Los Angeles and Nashville, most of the film industry is in New York and LA."
Schmidt hopes more conferences like Captivate will help Austin’s creative community compete on a national level.
"We are forevermore up until now considered to be a creative slave camp to the business of the creative industries that takes place on either coast," Schmidt said. "So we as a community need to continue to get our act together and build a stronger network of people here."
The conference also focuses on how to use the local education industry.
Warren Spector is heading up a post graduate game development program at UT. The conference runs through Tuesday.
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