Date Posted: 5/12/2020

The Game Design Initiative at Cornell (GDIAC) will convene a Virtual Game Design Showcase on Friday, May 22, 2020. As organizer, CS Senior Lecturer, and Stephen H. Weiss Provost's Teaching Fellow, Walker White notes:

The annual games showcase has long been a Cornell tradition. Each year students get a chance to show off their games to the public with their first official release. Some of these games gone on to much wider success. It is hard to believe it has only been one year since the launch of Family Style at the 2019 Showcase. Since then that game has been featured on the Apple App store and now has over 1.5 million downloads on all platforms (as well as its own Reddit channel).

With COVID-19 taking classes online, we were not sure whether or not we would have a showcase this year. However, Discord ( has been an amazing tool for us this semester. It has allowed us to play, test, stream and share each other's games all semester long. And now we want open this up to everyone.

On Friday, May 22nd, we will make all of the games for this semester available for download from the official Showcase page.

But more importantly, we will also issue temporary invites for everyone to join our Discord server. This is open to the general public—you do not need to be affiliated with Cornell. You can watch other people stream their games, stream yourself playing, or just get technical support if you are having trouble installing.

There are a lot of high quality games this year and we want them to have the same experience that Family Style did last year—getting the feedback that they need to push their games to the next level. So come join us on May 22nd!

Date: Friday, May 22nd
Time: 1 - 4 pm EST with a Discord link going live (day of) at 11 am
Venue: Discord (Link at

See also: coverage of the upcoming event, including an interview with Walker White, in the Chronicle; and more on last year's event.