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The Art of the Game: Tribeca Games Returns to the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018

Three marquee programs are at the center of this year's iteration of Tribeca Games.

Tribeca Games will present three headline events at the 17th Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, on April 27th and 28th in New York City. Celebrating the artistic and technical achievements in video games today, the program includes a special gameplay session of the eagerly anticipated Shadow of the Tomb Raider™ followed by dialogue with the game’s creative team, an in-depth look at the latest God of War for Playstation®4 with Creative Director, Cory Barlog, and a first-of-its-kind all-city League of Legends amateur eSports tournament in conjunction with Super League Gaming. Additionally, the Festival will reveal three new games created by NYC-area developers participating in the IBM “Acceleration” Game Jam.

All events are free and open to the public: a special preview of Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Re-imagining God of War: The Inside Story — presented in partnership with Madison Square Garden — will take place at Tribeca’s feature venue, BMCC Tribeca PAC; the Super League Gaming League of Legends Battle of the Boroughs Tournament will be played at iPic Theaters at Fulton Market; and IBM “Acceleration” Game Jam games will be available for play at the Tribeca Festival Hub.

"Tribeca champions every frontier in the art of storytelling, and video games are at the forefront of pushing narrative to ever greater heights. This year’s program highlights those creators who continue to redefine iconic characters and the worlds in which they inhabit," commented Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder and CEO of the Tribeca Film Festival. "And, as a Festival rooted in its community, we also celebrate talent emerging out of New York City representing the next wave of game development and player participation."

Here's what's in store:

A Special Preview of Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Friday, April 27th, 4:00PM, BMCC Tribeca PAC

Join the creative team behind the critically acclaimed and world-famous Tomb Raider® franchise, which has sold over 63 million copies globally, as they discuss the evolution of Lara Croft and share in the techniques, tools and inspiration behind the series. Daniel ChayerBisson (Senior Game Director), Noah Hughes (Franchise Creative Director), Jill Murray (Writer), Rich Briggs (Senior Brand Director), and special guest Camilla Luddington (performance artist for Lara Croft) will be on hand for this special event moderated by The Game Awards producer Geoff Keighley. Panel attendees will be the first to witness an exclusive extended gameplay demo for the upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider game, which launches on September 14th.

Re-imagining God of War: The Inside Story
Friday, April 27th, 6:00PM, BMCC Tribeca PAC

Play the game then hear the story behind it! Kratos, one of Playstation's most recognizable icons, returns in God of War from Santa Monica Studio and Creative Director Cory Barlog. Now, only days after the game's release, Cory takes players inside the creative process of reimagining the franchise and its Nordic inspirations. This in-depth discussion will, for the first time, reveal untold stories from development and explore the creative decisions that brought God of War to life on PlayStation 4.

Super League Gaming League of Legends Battle of the Boroughs Tournament
Saturday, April 28th, iPic Theaters at Fulton Market

Tribeca Games will also partner with Super League Gaming and Super League’s New York City Club, the NY Fury, to bring New York City League of Legends fans the first Battle of the Boroughs, an amateur eSports tournament which will pit New York’s finest players from all five boroughs in a fight for the Tribeca New York championship. Players in and around the NYC area who are level 30 and above may enter online qualifiers beginning on April 14th, with top players then competing in a live Finals in-theater.

IBM “Acceleration” Game Jam Creations Available for Play
April 18th to the 29, The Hub

In addition to these events, IBM has partnered with Tribeca Games for a game jam, inviting 15 of New York’s top independent game developers to build new games using IBM tools and technology all within 48 hours inspired by the theme “Acceleration." These resulting games will be made available for play during the festival. (The Game Changer: Building Faster, Smarter Games on the Cloud will be the subject of a Tribeca Talk on Saturday, April 21st, at the Tribeca Festival Hub at Spring Studios.)

Tickets for Tribeca Games events are free to all and can be secured starting March 27th, 2018 at tribecafilm.com/games. Sign-up and registration information for the Battle of the Boroughs tournament can be found at superleague.com/boroughbattle.

Program and panelists are subject to change. For the most updated schedule, please visit the official Tribeca Games site.

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