The show takes place in the gaming showcase of the University of Southern California. Usually, the USC Games Expo is a physical event where students show off their games at the end of the day. But this year it will be a purely digital event starting at 4:00 p.m. Pacific on May 12th.
For the first time, the annual event for the presentation of school games takes place online, starting with a preview show exclusively for potential applicants who were still in the middle and upper grades on the previous day on May 11th.  The event on May 12 will be streamed on multiple platforms, including Twitch, and is accessible here where attendees can reserve seats from today.
“In these unprecedented times, video and mobile games are at the forefront of social entertainment, so it makes sense to work with our Jam City partners to bring the USC Games Expo online with it our talented family of Trojans can present their diverse and groundbreaking work to as many people as possible, ”said Danny Bilson, director of USC Games, in a statement. "Our students are the next generation of game design talent, and our virtual expo offers industry professionals, potential students, scientists, educators, and the public the opportunity to experience their never-before-seen projects."
Bilson, the screenwriter for Spike Lee's upcoming film Da 5 Bloods will be a speaker at our GamesBeat Summit digital event on April 28th and 29th.
This is the third year that the program – a joint initiative of the Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC School of Cinematic Arts – is hosting the Expo, the largest university-sponsored game and esports event. The show was hosted by Jam every year City sponsored and provides insight into the nation's leading game design program and the next generation of tabletop, mobile, AR and video video games and other interactive projects from students, alumni and faculties of the university.
As in the past, the fair will also offer the first practical exercises for the 12 projects, which are included in its keystone course, the Advanced Games Program (AGP).
Chris DeWolfe, CEO of Jam City, said in a statement that USC Games takes a unique teaching approach that mimics the creation of real games, including prototyping, focus on designing and testing many Itera, and a commitment to improvement. Few educational institutions have managed to do this, he said, and there are numerous talented game makers who have worked at some of the largest and best game companies in the world, including Jam City.
Similar to last year's Expo, there will be an esport component hosted and organized by the University's Esports Union (ESU). There are esport matches between two universities in Southern California, which compete against each other in League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros Ultimate and others. All are streamed online, with the respective athletes of the participating schools safely maintaining the quarantine.
Among the more than 90 exhibits at this year's event are the 12 AGP titles presented:
1. Beasts of Maravilla Island (PC, soon available for Nintendo Switch)
From the developers: Embark on your adventure as an aspiring wildlife photographer in the hidden, magical jungles of Maravilla Island. Explore a mysterious 3D island and solve puzzles to discover extraordinary creatures, learn their behavior, and photograph them in their natural habitat.
2. Bottles (iOS)
From the developers: Enter the lush, beautiful miniature world of bottles, where everything is possible and magic is at hand. Rotate the space around your character to solve stunning puzzles as you play with a curious octopus, a glowing jellyfish, and uncover the secrets of a deep-sea shipwreck.
3. Ginkgo (PC)
From the developers: Explore a dark dream world made up of creepy Yokai monsters and unsolved puzzles. Solve puzzles with a magic needle and unlock memories of your estranged mother. Will your trip make you make amends or be lost in that dark fantasy forever?
4. Incursion (PC)
From the developers: Real-time strategy players (RTS) compete against each other in a multiplayer co-op competition in which the two game styles compete against each other. Two forces collide in a battle in which only one species will survive and claim a mysterious planet as their own.
5. KOA (iOS)
From the developers: Meet Koa, a magical tree spirit with the ability to grow branches that allow him to go almost anywhere! On a mission to protect his home, Koa will need his powers and imagination to solve puzzles, uncover secrets, and master challenges to save his world.
6. Our America (Oculus VR)
From the developers: What begins as an easy path for Malcolm and his father quickly escalates to a life and death encounter in which both father and son are lucky to survive. Put on your VR headset and see life through the eyes of an African American in the United States while taking a trip to Our America.
7. Project: Skyfarer (PC)
From the developers: Physiotherapy is necessary to prevent and treat pain or injuries. Project: Skyfarer extends the traditional physiotherapy with game elements. In the game, you are a Mesoamerican shaman who is able to communicate with nature, cast spells and manipulate the natural world around you. Project: Skyfarer immerses the patient in this fantastic environment as they are instructed to use their in-game skills to reflect and facilitate rehabilitation exercises for shoulder injuries.
8. Retronomicon (Android, PC)
By the developers: Retronomicon is a 2.5D retro-inspired synthwave arcade puzzle game in which players collect energy in one level by placing obstacles that make a bouncing ball so keep moving as long as possible before sending it to the finish. Play and create in the retronomicon revolution.
9. Serpent Showdown (PC, soon available for Nintendo Switch)
From the developers: Two tails enter, one tail goes. You and a friend go head to head. Is it time to put on your … cardboard armor and grab your trusty crayon? And guess what, it turns out you're a snake. Hit, slide and cut your way to victory in this entertaining fighter on the couch.
10. Shortstacked (PC)
From the developers: Team up with a friend in the couch co-op to skip school and experience wild adventures! But be careful: in order to get past adults and the mean old "Ocifer", one of you has to stand on the shoulders of the other to look like an adult with a trench coat. You are small, but can you stack?
11. The Candle (PC)
From the developers: After waking up in a pitch-black room, you're lucky enough to stumble across a single lit candle … that speaks? With the innovative eye tracking technology, The Candle prompts you to discover and escape the house's evil secrets. And your new friend, the talking candle, is helpful … isn't it?
12. The Witches List (iOS)
From the developers: In this digital trading card game, The Witch List offers a gesture-based spell summoning game when you go to a witch school where you can join a circle of friends to summon demons. learn powerful spells and work to become the most powerful magician in the country.