USC Game Division Head Linked to IndieCade and thatgamecompany

Tracy Fullerton, head of the USC Game Innovation Lab that cancelled a game development panel because the panel was all-male, has now been revealed to have links to independent game contest IndieCade. Along with this, ties with the independent game studio thatgamecompany have been found as well.

Twitter user @Honkimus_Maximus revealed the links to IndieCade in a pastebin, saying:

In 2011, Tracy Fullerton, head of the USC Game Innovation Lab, was involved as a committee member in the IndieCade awards which FEZ won. Kellee Santiago was financially tied [to] FEZ and also the jury committee member for that year. She was also a prior USC Game Innovation Lab graduate research assistant in 2006 and student of Tracy Fullerton. In 2012, Tracy Fullerton’s game won an award at IndieCade with Kellee Santiago as the jury committee member. In 2013, Tracy Fullerton won IndieCade’s Trailblazer award. Of the total 2013 Indiecade Festival Organizers, Richard Lemarchand, Sean Bouchard, Anna Lotko, Jeremy Gibson, and Elizabeth Swensen all had had been a part Game Innovation Lab. Jeremy Gibson was an Assistant Professor teaching game design for the Interactive Media Division of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He was also the co-chair for the jury.

Kelle Santiago, referenced in the pastebin, is also the co-founder of thatgamecompany, the independent game studio known for games such as Flower and Journey. Later, it was discovered that Tracey Fullerton had in fact gave thatgamecompany 20k to help create their first game Cloud. Speaking with Kotaku, she said:

“We would give the team $20,000, a place in the lab and faculty advisement and see if we could make something truly innovative,” says Fullerton. “So we chose the idea for Cloud out a bunch of ideas – of all of them, it seemed the most intriguing and definitely risky.”

We will update this story with any more links and info.

Matthew Sigler


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