April 9-10, 2016

Reynolds Center | The University of Tulsa

If you love to play video games, Heartland Gaming Expo is for you.  This hands-on experience features speakers, vendor exhibits, a free-play room, a gaming tournament, and over one hundred games produced by up-and-coming game developers.

If you are a developer or want to become one, the expo hosts the largest game development competition in the region.  We have multiple age and competition categories for middle and high school, college/university, and indie game makers.  For those interested in learning to create games, the expo provides tutorials taught by leading experts.  And for the truly courageous game builders there is a 24-hour code jam.

So if you build games, want to learn to build games, or just want to play games, bring your family to the largest spring gaming event in Oklahoma: Heartland Gaming Expo.


If you design, analyze, modify, make artwork or music for games then there is a competition category for you. Check out our competition rules and sign up today. Student registration is free as always, and space is limited so don’t delay.


If you love games, then you’ll be in good company at HGE 2016. We have numerous attractions to keep you busy during your entire visit. Unlike other events, you are part of the expo. Play the games, support your favorite code jam team, vote for People’s Choice category, and win door prizes. Fun for the entire family.


If you are an exhibitor, you will have front-and-center access to thousands of potential customers and hundreds of prospective employees. Heartland brings together the best and brightest from all over the region.

Guest Speakers

Jason Gregory

Lead Programmer,
Naughty Dog


Jason Gregory has worked as a software engineer in the gaming industry since March 1999 and as a professional software engineer since 1994. Gregory currently is lead programmer at Naughty Dog Inc. where he recently completed work on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End™ for PlayStation® 4. He developed engine and gameplay software for Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune™, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves™, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception™ and The Last of Us™. Gregory also developed and taught courses in game technology at the University of Southern California.


Greg Rahn

Audio Lead,


Greg Rahn is a veteran of the video game industry with more than 200 game soundtracks to his credit. He currently leads the audio team at Kabam in San Francisco, known for its blockbuster hit games Star Wars: Uprising, Marvel: Contest Of Champions (2014 G.A.N.G Award nominee), The Hobbit: Legends Of Middle Earth (2014 G.A.N.G Award nominee), The Godfather: Five Families and many others.

Todd DeMelle

Art Director,


Todd DeMelle has served as the art director for Turbine’s award winning MMORPG The Lord of the Rings Online since 2010. DeMelle began his gaming career at Turbine as an art intern in 2003. He later filled the roles of concept artist, production artist, lead artist, outsource manager, art director for Dungeons & Dragons Online, director of concept and production art for Turbine’s Creative Studio and art director of Lord of the Rings Online.

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