Dan Butchko, CEO and founder of Playcrafting, has announced Play NYC, the premier convention dedicated to video games in New York City. Connecting players with creators alike, this family­ friendly event will take place Aug. 19­ & 20. It features three floors of games, over 100 developers and 20 presentations from industry leaders (including Microsoft).

“Basically, what we are doing is putting together New York’s version of PAX meets GDC,” said event organizer Dan Butchko. “We’re going to finally give New York the dedicated games convention it deserves.”

Video games and the art that comes along with them have invaded other conventions, making up 20 percent of New York Comic Con each year.

“We’ve been doing Playcrafting expos for about four years now,” said Butchko. “What started as originally ten developers sitting in a room and showing their games to each other has exploded. It’s a huge indicator that this is the kind of event the New York community needs.”

Nationwide, Playcrafting has contributed to the professional advancement of over 25,000 developers by hosting more than 200 classes and courses generating over 150 new games annually. Their quarterly expos are attended by over 1,000 gamers and developers. Play NYC is the next step in its mission to provide developers the tools to get a leg up by impressing the industry and bringing their games to a whole new level.

Play NYC events will run Aug. 19­—20 from 10 am to 6 pm at Terminal 5. Devs and Pros passes are available starting at $50 for both days and allow entry to two days of talks and panels. Tickets can be purchased online at play­nyc.com.

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