Chris Swain

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Chris Swain is the chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of Talkie, an independent studio creating a new breed of highly engaging, story-driven social games. Our first title, the eco-friendly Ecotopia, premiered in spring of 2011 on Facebook. Swain is also a professor at University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts, Interactive Media Division. Early in his career Swain was a founding member of the strategic design firm R/GA Interactive in New York. He was also a founding member and VP of Programming for the technology/game company Spiderdance, Inc. In 2004 Swain became a full-time professor at the University of Southern California to help establish a game program. The book he co-authored, “Game Design Workshop,” is the leading textbook in the field – used in many of the 700 college game programs around the world. Also at USC, Swain co-founded the Electronic Arts Game Innovation Lab and currently directs the USC Games Institute. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, United States Army, National Counter Terrorism Center, Rockefeller Foundation, Los Angeles Times, Annenberg Center for Communications and others. His project, The Redistricting Game, is a staple in the redistricting reform community and is featured regularly in the national media.