Judges and sponsors

The judges for our event at Gateway 2016 (Sept 2-4, 2016) are Ben Doeckel, Dan McCollum, Eric Elder, and Scott Rogers

Ben Doeckel
Designer & Filmmaker

Ben Doeckel is an L.A. based designer and filmmaker. At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Digital, Ben designs web and mobile experiences for all Walt Disney theme parks and resorts including Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line and most recently, Shanghai Disney Resort. Ben has a diverse professional background that spans broadcast photojournalism, game design, film/commercial production design, web/app user experience design, animation and illustration.

Ben and Dan are the co-founders of Arcane Arts, and the co-creators of Third Dawn: Siegecraft, a competitive hybrid card game to be released in 2017.

Dan McCollum

Dan McCollum is also based in LA. As a designer at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online, he has designed massive online experiences that millions of Disney Parks guests have used over the last four years, including the Walt Disney World and Disneyland mobile applications, and Disney's Imagicademy game. Dan is a professor of graphic design and user experience at Woodbury University in Glendale.

Ben and Dan are the co-founders of Arcane Arts, and the co-creators of Third Dawn: Siegecraft, a competitive hybrid card game to be released in 2017.

Eric T. Elder
Founder OW! (Online Worlds) Entertainment

Eric T Elder has been a passionate lover of games since childhood.  He was one of the first kids on his block to get an Atari 2600 in 1977 and has been hooked ever since.

With a background in animation he worked at MTV Animation on the Beavis and Butt-Head feature and moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to work at Film Roman on King of the Hill and the Simpsons.

It was during this time he discovered Boardgame Geek.com and the world of Euro or German style board games.  Starting with Puerto Rico and Settlers he quickly became immersed.

In 2002 he founded the Game Art & Design program at the Art Institute of California - Los Angeles in Santa Monica.  One of the first of it's kind in the world he led the program to be the most successful in the AI system and won international awards.

He managed the program for 8 years and during that time had a 90% placement rate in the industry.  His graduates went on to become Environment Artists, Modelers, Game Designers and more at companies like Blizzard, Activision, EA, and Sony to name a few and work on games like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, God of War, Guitar Hero, Bioshock Infinite, Transformers and many more.

Currently Eric is working full time with his company OW! Entertainment to develop virtual reality games and experiences for movie and TV licenses.  He has also started up a new game, animation and VR studio workshop called Black Magic Studios where he offers career coaching and project consulting.

Scott Rogers
Game Designer

After discovering that game designers have more fun, Scott Rogers embarked on a 20-year-(and counting) career in game design. He has helped design many successful video games including: Pac-Man World, the Maximo series, God of War, Drawn to Life series, Darksiders and Warhammer 40K. A former Disney Imagineer, Scott now teaches video game and tabletop game design at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. Two of his tabletop games are due to be published in 2017.  Scott lives just outside Los Angeles with his lovely wife, two children and many, many action figures, comic books, video and board games.