Video Game Executive and Classics Alumnus to Speak at Coffee Hour

August 7, 2017
Picture of Video Game Development Exceutive Jack Emmert

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Video game development executive Jack Emmert, an alumnus of the OSU graduate program in Classics (Greek & Latin), will speak to the OSU community about how his Classics education helped launch his career.  Now an established game designer and CEO of Daybreak Studios, Emmert's talk “How To Use Classics Commercially” will be of interest to anyone looking for a path from their Arts & Humanities major into the corporate world, or any career outside of academia.  Starting at 3:30 in the Thompson Library Multipurpose Room (Room 165) on September 11th, 2017, the event is free and open to the public.

Jack Emmert left Ohio State University in 2000 to co-found Cryptic Studios. He’s designed five launched games in the past seventeen years: City of Heroes (2004), City of Villains (2005), Champions Online (2009), Star Trek Online (2010) and Neverwinter (2013). At Cryptic Studios, he’s served as designer, lead designer, Creative Director, Chief Creative Officer, CCO, COO, CEO and chairman of its board. Cryptic’s games have launched world-wide and across multiple platforms. Most notably, Neverwinter was a launch title for XboxOne in China. After a brief time as VP of Corporate Development for Perfect World (who owned Cryptic Studios), Jack joined Daybreak Studios in May 2016 as the CEO of its Austin Studio. He currently oversees both Austin and Boston studios; this includes 3 lives games (DC Universe Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online) and one unannounced project under development.  Jack is an avid gamer and comic book collector. He still keeps in touch with his academic roots with a Byzantine history reading group with his brother.