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'Night Shift' Game Study Gets Published in The BMJ Medical Journal

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Night Shift, the game we developed with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was part of a study that was recently published in The BMJ Medical Journal. In the TribLive article, Dr. Deepi…
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Happy Atoms Takes Bronze at Learning Technologies Awards 2017

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At the awards ceremony in London, the judges of the Learning Technologies Awards 2017 recognized Happy Atoms by awarding it Bronze in the category, 'Most Innovative New Learning Technologies Product- …
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Domino World Now Available on iOS

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Our augmented reality (AR) version of the classic Domino game is officially available on iOS on iTunes. Haven't seen Domino World before? Watch the trailer!…
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Future of Immersive Leisure

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May 16, 2018
Mandalay Bay| Las Vegas
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'Night Shift' Game Study Gets Published in The BMJ Medical Journal

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Night Shift, the game we developed with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was part of a study that was recently published in The BMJ Medical Journal. In the TribLive article, Dr. Deepi…
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Happy Atoms Takes Bronze at Learning Technologies Awards 2017

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At the awards ceremony in London, the judges of the Learning Technologies Awards 2017 recognized Happy Atoms by awarding it Bronze in the category, 'Most Innovative New Learning Technologies Product- …
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Schell Games Appears on The VR Fund's VR Landscape

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The VR Fund is a group of industry investors and observers who collect information on companies and create an ecosystem. In its latest update on the VR industry, the group added Schell Games to its "g…
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Mo The Monster, Now en Español!

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Mo the Monster, a project that we did with Tangible Play's Osmo, recently received a new update.The award-winning game is now available in Spanish. See the Osmo site for additional information.Mo the …
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Ed Games Expo

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Jan 08, 2018
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington D.C.
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VR Laboratory: Lessons from Virtual Reality R&D

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I've been spending a lot of time in the virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) space lately (both at Schell Games and in my free time!). I've worked on games and experiences for several of the majo…
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Happy Atoms Shortlisted for Re-Imagine Education Award!

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Happy Atoms, our digital and physical chemistry modeling set, was shortlisted in the category "Virtual/Augmented Reality" for the 2018 Reimagine Education Awards.  Finalists for each of the 17 catego…
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'I Expect You To Die' Launches A Free New Level Called ‘First Class’

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Calling all hardworking agents in need of some relaxation...it is time for a vacation. Virtual reality (VR) game development company Schell Games today launched new content for its award-winning, esca…
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Game Architecture with Scriptable Objects

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Note: This is an edited re-post. See the original post on Ryan's blog. Unite 2017 wrapped up in Austin last week and I finally got to give a talk that was all about ScriptableObjects (and ride a jack…
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'I Expect You To Die' Wins Immersive Perspective Award!

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Our virtual reality (VR) escape-the-room puzzle game, I Expect You To Die, won an Immersive Perspective Award in the 'Video Game- Headset' category. The awards were presented by Virtual Perceptions, …
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Schell Games Wins at 2017 Tech 50 Awards!

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Happy Atoms, the physical and digital chemistry modeling set we released in November 2016, helped Schell Games get recognized as the category leader of 'Innovator of the Year- Consumer Products', duri…
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STEAM Showcase

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Oct 24, 2017
Nova Place| Pittsburgh, PA| Free
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Tech 50 Awards and the Showcase of Innovation

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Oct 12, 2017
Wyndam Grand Pittsburgh
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Jesse on 'Everything VR & AR' Podcast

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CEO Jesse Schell was interviewed on the Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Association (VRARA)'s podcast, Everything VR & AR. On the podcast, Jesse talked about how the team settled on creating I Expec…
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Domino World Now Available on iOS

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Our augmented reality (AR) version of the classic Domino game is officially available on iOS on iTunes. Haven't seen Domino World before? Watch the trailer!…
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'PlayForward: Elm City Stories' Published in Medical Journal

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PlayForward: Elm City Stories, the game we developed for Yale University's play2PREVENT labs, was recently the subject of an article that was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Th…
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Schell Games Announced as One of Pittsburgh's 'Best Places to Work'!

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The studio, the largest education and entertainment game design and developer in the United States, has once again been recognized by Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the region's 'Best Places to W…
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'I Expect You To Die' a Finalist for Immersive Perspective Award!

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The Immersive Perspective Awards, produced by Virtual Perceptions, released its list of finalists earlier this week. I Expect You To Die is a finalist in the 'Video Game- Headset' category. Winners w…
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Happy Atoms Shortlisted for Learning Technologies Awards!

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Happy Atoms, our physical and digital chemistry modeling set, was shortlisted by the Learning Technologies Awards under the category 'Most innovative new learning technologies product - international'…
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'I Expect You To Die' Surpasses the $1 Million Revenue Mark

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (August 30, 2017) — Virtual reality (VR) game development company Schell Games today announced that its critically-acclaimed escape-the-room game I Expect You To Die (IEYTD) h…
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Schell Games Listed as a content partner for the Windows Mixed Reality

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Alex Kipman, the technical Fellow at Microsoft, provided an update on Windows Mixed Reality. In doing that, he announced a group on content partners who will be shipping games and applications to the …
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Visit with a Veep- Harley Baldwin

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Harley Baldwin is the vice president of design for Schell Games. Harley is responsible for mentoring, managing and cultivating the design culture, collaborating with clients and guiding the vision for…
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Schell Games is a 2017 Tech 50 Awards Finalist!

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We are excited to announce that Schell Games has been nominated as a finalist for the Tech 50 Awards category, Innovator of the Year: Consumer Products. At the 2016 Tech 50 Awards, our CEO Jesse Sche…
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Event Re-Cap: 2017 Games For Change Festival

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We had the pleasure of attending and exhibiting at the 2017 Games for Change (G4C) Festival that was held at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. Game designers, developers, educators, resea…
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Happy Atoms App Now Available for Android, Kindle Devices

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The Android version for the Happy Atoms app is now available for download in the Google Play store. The free app is also available for Kindle devices in the Amazon store.  Now, the Happy Atoms app ca…
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Schell Games builds games that change players for the better

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VentureBeat's Dean Takahashi visited Pittsburgh and the studio to talk with Jesse and meet other tech innovators in the Pittsburgh area. During the visit, Dean was able to see our games I Expect You T…
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DiGRA Wrap-Up

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This summer, I attended the 10th Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) Conference in Melbourne, Australia. DiGRA is an international, multidisciplinary conference for games research. While there …
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Visit with a Veep- Chris Arnold

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Chris Arnold is the general counsel for Schell Games and oversees legal affairs and human resources. He is also responsible for developing relationships with clients, handling dispute resolutions, lic…
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Schell Games Lands on VR Fund's AR Industry Landscape

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The Virtual Reality Fund (VR Fund) evaluates more than 2,000 companies for its Augmented Reality (AR) landscape. The company has raised over $50 million to help AR and VR startups, and regularly scans…
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Marketplace Covers Schell Games

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American Public Media's Marketplace came to the studio to interview general counsel Chris Arnold and QA manager Tom Quitoni about the way the studio handles performance reviews. Chris Arnold noted how…
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Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium App may interest Millennial, Gen Z crowds

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The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium released the app that Schell Games help create in late May, shortly before Memorial Day weekend. Since then, the app has been widely received one of the ways zoos and…
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Visit with a Veep- Matt Mahon

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What was your weirdest job before you started on the path that got you where you are today? Sure. So, during the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college, I got a job - clearing power …
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Innovators Point Covers Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium App

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Innovators Point, an online outlet that features technology and innovation in the Pittsburgh community, highlighted the app we created with the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium. With the article titled, 'Wil…
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Virtual Reality in the Classroom

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CBS Pittsburgh covered the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU3) workshop titled "Virtual Reality in the Classroom". During the workshop, game designer Sabrina Culyba was demonstrating how to use our vir…
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Jesse Schell: Predictions for VR and AR in 2025

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CEO Jesse Schell's talk at AWE 2017, titled "Updates From the Future" included his predictions about VR and AR in 2025 and beyond. Jesse was making the point that VR and AR adoption will take a little…
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Event Recap: Augmented World Expo 2017

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We sent a team to the 8th annual Augmented World Expo (AWE 2017) last week in Santa Clara, CA. AWE 2017 is widely recognized as the largest augmented reality (AR) conference in the world. The team was…
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Happy Atoms Wins Best Game or Toy Auggie Award at AWE 2017

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Happy Atoms, the physical and digital chemistry modeling set we created with Thames & Kosmos won the 2017 Best Game or Toy Auggie Award at the Augmented World Expo. AWE 2017 is widely known as one of …
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Schell Games Expands Space in Station Square

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Schell Games, the largest education and entertainment game design company in the United States, announced that it is adding 40 percent more space to its location in Station Square in Pittsburgh, PA. …
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Getting Started With Happy Atoms

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Happy Atoms is our physical and digital chemistry modeling set that has the goal to make learning chemistry fun and engaging. The project is a brainchild of Schell Games CEO, Jesse Schell. If you are…
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So, You Want to Codesign?

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Hey, game devs! How do these phrases strike you? "I just couldn't grok that part.""The playtest is next Wednesday.""The rigging on that part's really messed up.""The FTUE is really coming along nicel…
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Happy Atoms Wins Parents' Choice Silver Award

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Happy Atoms has been awarded the silver Parents' Choice award in the Toy category. The reviewer remarked how well-designed the atoms were, and how nice the app complements the physical set.   The rev…
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Adopting Virtual Reality for English Langauge Arts (ELA)

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We had the opportunity to attend the Virtual Reality for English Language Arts (ELA) workshop this May. The event was hosted by the TransformED arm of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (aiu3).We were th…
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Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium App Launches

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The Pittsburgh Business Times announced that the app we worked on with the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium officially launched. The app includes trivia, real-time mini games, video feeds of different an…
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Happy Atoms on WESA

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Happy Atoms, our physical and digital chemistry modeling set, was featured in a WESA article about the increasing popularity of digital-physical toys. CEO Jesse Schell was quoted in the article, and h…
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Visit with a Veep- Reagan Heller

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To start things off, I like to begin well before your current leadership position. What is the weirdest job you’ve had? One experience that sticks out is when I worked at a dollar movie theater.  I…
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We're One of 'Pittsburgh's Coolest Offices!'

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The Pittsburgh Business Times showcases the 'coolest offices' around the Pittsburgh region. In this edition the publication covered Schell Games and our open space layout. Read the article. Also, we…
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SuperChem VR Shows What VR in Education Can Do

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Road to VR wrote an article on our immersive virtual reality chemistry lab, SuperChem VR. The author highlighted that SuperChem VR is "...an incredibly fun looking way to teach chemistry and perhaps a…
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Peg+ Cat receives Emmy Nomination

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The interactive online experience that the studio worked on in collaboration with PBSKids and the Fred Rogers Company, Peg + Cat, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy. The game is in the "Outstanding Int…
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The Definitive Guide to Playtest Questions

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The goal of post-playtest questions is to get unadulterated feelings from the person. You do not want to lead them in any way, but you want to find out what they thought. Try these questions:  What w…
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'I Expect You To Die' Named to "Best PC VR Games" List

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Kotaku, a leading publisher of game reviews and information, recognizes I Expect You To Die on its "12 Best PC Virtual Reality Games" list.  Other games recognized on the list include The Climb, Supe…
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Schell Games: Not Your Typical Games Studio

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We are happy to announce and release our new studio video- â€œSchell Games: Not Your Typical Games Studio.” Watch it below.Highlights: 1)  Jesse speaks about how Schell Games is the largest entert…
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Visit with a Veep- Ed Saxton

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Ed Saxton is the vice president of production for Schell Games. His responsibilities include supervising the production team and setting the tone for the production style for the company. I'd like to…
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Happy Atoms Lands Top Ten Gaming + Education Finalist Honor

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Happy Atoms, our digital and physical chemistry modeling set, is a Top Ten Finalist in the CREATE Festival's Gaming + Entertainment category. Happy Atoms is one of 50 finalists that has the opportuni…
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Building a Transformational Game

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Sabrina, our principal designer at Schell Games, shared some valuable content about the Transformational Game Framework our studio uses to make sure they stay on track, and create the right kind of ex…
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Mo the Monster Gets Gold Parents' Choice Award

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Osmo's Mo the Monster, the interactive game the studio created with them, was awarded gold in the 2017 Parents' Choice Award. The writer says,  This particular app is great for imaginative and coope…
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Jesse Schell named to Inaugural Fellowship Class for Video Game Education

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The Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA) unveiled its Fellowship program and its inaugural class of 30 lifetime fellows. The group is nominated and elected by their peers. The HEVGA describes…
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PA Video Game Industry Grows Along With Pittsburgh's Tech Economy

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Jake Witherell talks to WESA about how Schell Games grows as a studio while the entire game industry grows. Interesting stats: Video game sales exceeded $24.5 Billion dollars in 201665,000 people ar…
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Daniel Tiger's Stop & Go Potty App Wins Silver Parents' Choice Award

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The Daniel Tiger's Stop and Go Potty app, a creation the studio did in partnership with the Fred Rogers Company and PBS Kids, won the Silver Parents' Choice Award in the 'Mobile App' category. The ap…
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Schell Games and Unity

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This is a re-post of a case study Schell Games and Unity did in May 2016. A Transformational experience A 10-year-old boy appears to be on a seemingly ordinary school trip to a museum. Actually thou…
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Schell Games Donates Happy Atoms Sets to Allegheny County Schools

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As part of our mission to "make the world a better place", the studio realizes that we need to start by building up our community. We donated sets of Happy Atoms, our digital and physical chemistry mo…
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Five Things to Know About Getting Into the Video Game Industry

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One of the first video game experiences I can remember playing was Chex Quest with a neighbor on a very advanced computer running Windows 98. For those of you not familiar Chex Quest, it was a reskin …
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Schell Games Increases Global Availability of 'I Expect You To Die'

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Fans in Eight More Countries Can Experience the Thrill of This Top Downloaded PlayStation®VR Game PITTSBURGH, PA (January 30, 2017) — Soon, more virtual reality (VR) fans than ever will be able to m…
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'I Expect You To Die' Earns Three D.I.C.E. Award Nominations

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Innovative Secret Agent Puzzler Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Game Design, Immersive Reality Game of the Year and Immersive Reality Technical Achievement  PITTSBURGH, PA (January 25, 2017)…
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Engineering a Super Spy in “I Expect You To Die”

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Note: This is a re-post. This post was first posted on Gamasutra, and then later on Made With Unity's blog. I Expect You To Die (IEYTD) is an escape-the-room style puzzle game in which you step into …
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Happy Atoms Wins 2017 KAPi Award

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Happy Atoms, our physical and digital chemistry modeling set, was awarded the 2017 KAPi award in the Educational (Learning Tool) Toy Category. Kids at Play Interactive (KAPi), celebrates excellence i…
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"I Expect You To Die" Receives Title Sequence Honorable Mention

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The Art of the Title, a group that highlights title design and animation, released its top 10 Best Title Sequences in 2016. The group awarded I Expect You To Die the 2016 Honorable Mention. The game …
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Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays from Schell Games!…
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2016 Game Releases!

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The studio has been very busy in 2016. Not only have we been working with clients and partners on several projects, but we also decided that it was time to release more original projects (or IPs). Be…
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Innovation is a Fusion of Safety and Accountability

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This is the first official part of Jeff's leadership series. See the introduction. Producer saying Producer Things The term "Psychological Safety" is gaining a fair amount of press these days. Psycho…
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'I Expect You To Die' VR Game Goes Multi-Platform with PlayStation®VR Launch

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New VR Puzzler Turns Players into Secret Agents as They Attempt to Problem Solve Their Way Out of Risky Situations and Get Out Alive PITTSBURGH, Pa. (December 13, 2016) — Attention PlayStation®VR fa…
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Introducing 'I Expect You To Die' on PlayStation®VR

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Note: This is a re-post from the PlayStation Blog. Some content was updated. I Expect You To Die, the acclaimed, spy-themed, escape-the-room game, will launch this December [in North America] on Play…
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'I Expect You To Die' Now Available On Oculus Touch

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New Escape-The-Room Style VR Game Challenges Players to Solve Missions and Outsmart Tricky Situations in Attempts to Make It Through Over-the-Top, Deadly Situations PITTSBURGH, Pa. (December 5, 2016)…
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Orion Trail VR Launches On Oculus Rift

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An article from GearNuke highlights our game Orion Trail VR's launch onto the Oculus Rift. Already on Steam, and available on the Samsung Gear VR, Orion Trail VR's launch on Oculus Rift is the latest…
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Keeping the Studio Going- Behind the Scenes in a Games Studio

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At Schell Games, we concentrate a good deal on our game engineers, artists, designers and producers. But who are the people that make sure they get what they need? We've spent a good amount of time …
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Leadership Seminar, Part 1

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This post is the introduction of a Leadership Series created by Jeff. Here he explains why it is needed. This year's Jam Week presented an opportunity to start exploring how we approach leadership in…
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Jesse Schell Wins Tech 50 "CEO of the Year" Award

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Jesse Schell was awarded "CEO of the Year" at the Pittsburgh Technology Council's Tech 50 awards. Jesse was among an impressive group of CEOs from around the Pittsburgh community. Last month, the st…
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Schell Games gives popular games a twist with Tango

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This post by Justin Quimby, Senior Product Manager Tango, was originally published on the Google Developers Blog on August 3, 2016. You can view it here. At Tech World last month, our team showed off…
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'I Expect You To Die' Coming to PlayStation®VR This December

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Thwart Evil Dr. Zor on More VR Platforms Than Ever Before PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (October 31, 2016) — Critically-acclaimed game developer Schell Games today announced that it's bringing its highly-…
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Schell Games named one of Pittsburgh's 'Best Places to Work' Companies

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The Pittsburgh Business Times recognized Schell Games as one of Pittsburgh's 'Best Places to Work' at its annual luncheon. The studio was also a finalist in the "large business category."…
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Osmo - Mo the Monster Wins Oppenheim Platinum Award

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Mo the Monster, the game the studio has worked on with Tangible Play's Osmo, as awarded the Oppenheim Platinum Toy Award, widely recognized as the "gold standard" for the toy industry. Visit the game…
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Water Bears Selected for Purdue's Engineering Gift Guide

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Water Bears has been selected to be included in Purdue University's Engineering Gift Guide for 2016. The guide, in conjunction with the INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering, looks to…
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Building the Right UI/UX for a VR Game: My Experience with Water Bears VR

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Hi there, I'm Doyle Daigle II, UI/UX artist & designer. I've had the opportunity to work on some exciting VR projects here at Schell Games. Today I'm here to talk about the UI of Water Bears VR, speci…
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Why game design guru Jesse Schell is diving into VR and AR

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Venture Beat reporter caught CEO Jesse Schell during Oculus Connect 3 and asked him about his passion for virtual and augmented reality. Some key points: By the end of 2016, Schell Games will have s…
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"I Expect You To Die" is Named One of the Five Best Games at Oculus Connect 3

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A Game Informer reporter tried several of the new titles releasing soon on the Oculus Touch during the Oculus Connect 3 conference, and picked out five he thought were the best. I Expect You To Die m…
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The Five Questions that Will Make Your Puzzle Game Better

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CEO Jesse Schell and I Expect You To Die Project Director Marc Tattersall were interviewed about how they asked five specific questions to playtesters after they played the game. The article from Poly…
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Happy Atoms Helps Kids Bond with Chemistry

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an article that highlights how Happy Atoms can help students connect better with the concepts and fundamentals of chemistry.…
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Award-Winning VR Game 'I Expect You To Die' To Launch with Oculus Touch

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Schell Games CEO Jesse Schell to Talk Future of VR Game Design; Unveil Never Before Seen Game Level and Artwork at OC3 2016 PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (Sept. 29, 2016) — Calling all secret agents. The …
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Why I Invented Happy Atoms

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Note: This is a repost from the Happy Atoms site; the "Origin Story." Happy Atoms is a project that has been germinating in my brain for about forty years. It all began in the library of Riverview El…
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Need a Primer in VR? We’ve Got You.

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The virtual reality (VR) landscape is expanding rapidly and, with all the major players making a big push to market in 2016, it's easy to become overwhelmed. At Schell Games, we've prepared this handy…
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Building a 2.5D Level in Unity

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Creating a small navigable environment constructed entirely of 2-D painted flats and minimal 3D workSo this idea of creating "3D" illusion art, while still being in 2D, originally came to me after wor…
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Orion Trail VR Selected as an Honoree for Best User Interface for 2016 Proto Awards

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Orion Trail VR, our latest upgrade of the original Orion Trail, was selected as an honoree for the 2016 Proto Awards in the category of Best User Interface. Orion Trail VR plans to be supported by th…
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Creating an Innovative Game Experience for the Amazon Echo

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Hello! Tom Quitoni, Bonnie Bogovich, Michael Lee, and Bob Jones from Schell Games here. We recently received approval from Amazon for the studio's first audio-only Alexa Skill called the Baker Street …
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So What is VR, Anyway?

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Note: this is an updated presentation from a previous post. As virtual reality (VR) becomes more mainstream, it is important that the basics are covered. For example, is VR still bad for those who s…
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Jesse Schell Nominated for Tech 50 CEO of the Year Award!

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The Tech 50 2016 Awards, organized by the Pittsburgh Technology Council, has announced honorees across several different categories. CEO Jesse Schell has been nominated for the Tech 50's CEO of the Ye…
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Schell Games Receives Silver For Save the Park at 2016 Serious Play Conference

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At the 2016 Serious Play Conference in North Carolina, Schell Games was recognized by being awarded Silver for its work on Save the Park. During the conference, CEO Jesse Schell was a keynote speaker …
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Jesse Schell Named One of Create Pittsburgh's 2016 Creators of the Year

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During the Create Festival, an event put on by the Creative Industries Network, Schell Games CEO Jesse Schell was selected as one of Create Pittsburgh's 2016 Creators of the Year. Read the article and…
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Touchstone Research Ranks Schell Games in "Top 10 Companies" Doing VR and AR in Education

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Touchstone Research, a marketing research firm known for its online research activities, compiled a list of its top 10 companies using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for education. It…
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Girls Press 'Start' on Video Game Design Careers in Emsworth

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TribLive covered how teenage girls in the Pittsburgh area were designing video games, and three particular ones created a company called EDGE. CEO Jesse Schell and Advanced Game Designer Melanie Harke…
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Jam Week as a Long-Term Investment

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Why We Jam Back in 2012, Principal Engineer Ryan Hipple had an idea - a vision he had been holding onto since he was a kid. It looked like this:Back then he pitched it to me and shortly after that I …
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Schell Games Stacks Up

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Stack-Up visited the Schell Games studio to talk with our game developers and introduced many people to some of the games the studio has been working on.…
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2016 TECHwithKIDS.com Best Pick App (Water Bears)

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Water Bears, our puzzle game that focuses on systems-thinking skills, won a TECHwithKids.com "Best Pick" in the app category. Water Bears, the predecessor to Water Bears VR, also comes in an EDU versi…
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Jesse Schell Named to Pittsburgh's "Most Admired CEOs" List

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CEO Jesse Schell was named to Pittsburgh Business Times' 'Most Admired CEOs' in the region. In the feature article, Jesse highlighted how the rivers of Pittsburgh once launched the growth of the city …
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Water Bears Receives "Top Rated App" Award from BaleFire Labs

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Water Bears receives one of the highest grades from Balefire Labs, an educational app reviewer and advisory board. According to Balefire Labs, only 12% of 5,500 educational apps have received such acc…
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Schell Games is Home-Grown Virtual Reality

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This Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article relates how our Pittsburgh-based studio is producing virtual reality games like I Expect You to Die, Water Bears VR and Orion Trail.…
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VR is Back with Better Graphics and Processing Power

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This article by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette highlights how virtual reality used to be well without the reach of the average gaming consumer. Now that virtual reality has come down in cost, studios lik…
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'I Expect You To Die' Wins Prestigious 2016 Vision Inspire Award

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On February 10, 2016, I Expect You To Die was the winner of the prestigious Vision Inspire Award, which recognizes the very best VR/AR experience with regards to thematic cohesion, immersion, technica…
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2016 TECHwithKIDS.com Best Pick App (Daniel Tiger's Stop & Go Potty)

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​Happy Atoms Honored with Best of Toy Fair 2016 Award​

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Happy Atoms was honored with a Techlicious Best of Toy Fair 2016 award at this year's event in New York City. Learn more in this Time.com article.…
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2016 Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice (Daniel Tiger's Stop & Go Potty)

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Orion Trail Enters a New Dimension in Gameplay on the Samsung Gear VR Headset

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Hilarious space adventure game hits the Oculus Store on December 24 PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (December 18, 2015) - Only months after a successful launch on Steam, Schell Games brings Orion Trail to t…
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2016 Independent Games Festival Honorable Mention (Orion Trail)

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Jesse Schell Named to Smart 50 List

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In a ceremony held November 10, 2015, CEO Jesse Schell was named to the Pittsburgh Smart 50 list. This award acknowledges honorees for their leadership, innovation, and impact in the community. This y…
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Schell Games Named Culture Leader of the Year

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On October 29, 2015, Schell Games took home the award for Culture Leader of the Year at the Tech 50 event held in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Business Times published this story, describing the awards …

Schell Games Earns “Best Place to Work” Designation for Sixth Time

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On October 29, 2015, Schell Games was named a Best Place to Work for 2015, marking the sixth consecutive year in which the company has received this accolade. More information.…

Announcing The Nullpoint Campaign on Kickstarter

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (October 13, 2015) – Today Schell Games launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $135,000 in a 31 day campaign for its newest game The Nullpoint. For the PC…

Orion Trail Launches for the Stars on Steam

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (October 12, 2015) – Today Schell Games released Orion Trial onto Steam, two months ahead of its expected completion date. To celebrate its successful launch, Orion Trail wi…

IndieCade Festival 2015 Official Selection (I Expect You To Die)

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Accolades Abound for Schell Games at the Proto Awards

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On September 22, 2015, Schell Games’ new virtual reality experience I Expect You To Die was awarded Best Overall VR Experience at the Proto Awards. The game also took home honors for Best Gameplay a…

2015 Unity Awards Finalist (I Expect You To Die)

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Orion Trail To Blast Off On October 12

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Orion Trail announced yesterday that it will leave Early Access and officially launch on Steam on October 12. PC Gamer covered the story. For more information, check out the announcement on the Orion …
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'I Expect You To Die' Named Best Overall VR Experience

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (September 24, 2015) – Schell Games’ latest virtual reality (VR) game I Expect You To Die was named Best Overall VR Experience at the Proto Awards ceremony, which was held…
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Jesse Schell Named to Most Powerful Pittsburgher List

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On August 25, 2015, Pittsburgh Magazine named Jesse Schell one of the most powerful people in Pittsburgh. This list of 50 includes the Governor of Pennsylvania and the Mayor of Pittsburgh, as well as …

2015 Best of Show International Serious Play Awards (Water Bears)

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Schell Games Takes Home Gold…Twice

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Schell Games was the proud recipient of Gold Medal honors for two of its games at the 2015 International Serious Play Awards. Both Water Bears and The World of Lexica were recognized for their high qu…

2015 CREATE Festival Award (The World of Lexica)

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2015 Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice (Water Bears)

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Schell Games Awarded $1 Million to Transform Molecular Chemistry Education

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Its Happy Atoms Project Reimagines STEM Molecular Modeling Sets for the 21st Century PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (May 5, 2015) – On Friday, May 1, 2015, Schell Games was awarded a $1 million, two-year…

Water Bears EDU to Make a Splash on GlassLab Games Platform

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (March 26, 2015) – Today Schell Games is pleased to announce the release of their game Water Bears EDU on the GlassLab Games platform. ­­­­­­­Water Bears EDU is a 3D …
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Schell Games making STEAM-based games “to change the world”

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In this article dated March 26, 2015, NEXTpittsburgh features Schell Games and highlights three of its latest transformational games, including Water Bears, The World of Lexica, and Happy Atoms.…

Orion Trail Kickstarter…GO!!!

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With Phasers Set to Fun, Orion Trail Aims to Take Kickstarter by Storm Humorous, Oregon Trail-like Space Game Shoots for the Stars with a $90,000 Funding Goal PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (February 3, 2…

PCGamer Advises Readers to Avoid Space Dysentery on Orion Trail

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On February 3, 2015, our newest game Orion Trail was featured in PCGamer. The article describes the game in detail as well as the Kickstarter campaign which runs through March 12, 2015.Read more.…

2015 Carnegie Science Award Goes To Jesse Schell

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On January 29, 2015, Carnegie Science Center announced the winners of its 2015 Carnegie Science Awards at its annual Announcement Reception. Jesse Schell was chosen in the Entrepreneur category. The p…

Jesse Schell Named One of Pittsburgh’s Smart 50 for 2014

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In a ceremony held November 20, 2014, Jesse Schell was honored as one of the Smart 50 business leaders in Pittsburgh for 2014. This award recognizes excellence in leadership, impact and innovation in …

2014 Best Places to Work

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Winners of the Tech 50 Award…Again!

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On October 21, 2014, Schell Games was named Interactive and Application Developer of the Year at the Tech 50 event in Pittsburgh. Jake Witherell, COO, accepted the award on behalf of Jesse Schell and …

We’re in the top 20 of the Pittsburgh 100!

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Schell Games was ranked 19 out of 100 on the list of the Pittsburgh region’s fastest growing private companies. We also ranked 4th in the Technology sector. This annual list, published by the Pittsb…

Schell Games Takes Home Gold Serious Play Award

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On June 25, 2014, the Serious Games Association announced the winners of the 2014 International Serious Play Awards, and Schell Games was honored with Gold. These awards recognize exceptional titles f…

Video Games and the Legacy of Fred Rogers

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In this story dated August 14, 2014, from WESA.FM, Pittsburgh’s NPR news channel, Jesse Schell explains how Schell Games is helping to introduce the lessons taught by the beloved Fred Rogers to a ne…

Pittsburgh Magazine Recognizes Schell Games As Game Changer in Region

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In this article published on June 19, 2014, Pittsburgh Magazine describes the changes occurring in the Pittsburgh region as the city moves from steel maker to tech center. Even the game industry is be…
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Enemy Mind Hits the Steam Store on June 6

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (May 26, 2014) – Games like Gradius put side-scrolling shooters on the map. Games like Luftrausers keep the genre alive and kicking. But with Enemy Mind, the old dog that is…

New VP of Design Announced

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White-Wiedow Will Partner with Transformational Games Visionary Jesse Schell in New Role  PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (May 9, 2014) – Today Schell Games announced the appointment of Harley Baldwin Whi…

Enemy Mind in Polygon

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This Polygon article announces that Enemy Mind will be fully released to the Steam store. This side-scrolling space shooter is available currently in Early Access on Steam.…

Schell Games Wins 2014 DATA Award

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On May 8, 2014, at a ceremony held at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Schell Games was the recipient of the DATA Award in the Entertainment and Games category for its Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Tea …

Enemy Mind Is on Steam Early Access

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Enemy Mind is now available for purchase on Steam Early Access. Get your copy today and let us know what you think about the game. Your feedback will help us make it better.…

2014 DATA Award Finalist (Lionel Battle Train)

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2014 GDC Best in Play Award (Enemy Mind)

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Schell Games Introduces Its Newest Game on Steam Greenlight

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (February 24, 2014) – Schell Games, the largest independent video game studio in Pennsylvania, announces the launch of its newest game, Enemy Mind, on Steam Greenlight. The …

Schell Games Expands to Station Square

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (January 9, 2014) – Schell Games, a leader in transformational games, is pleased to announce that it has signed a long-term agreement to lease office space from Forest City …

Interview on TechVibe Radio

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On December 14, 2013, CEO Jesse Schell appeared on TechVibe Radio on Pittsburgh’s FM News Talk 104.7. During the interview, he discussed the history and future direction of our company. The show, wh…

2013 Best Places to Work

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Post-Gazette Article Demonstrates Importance of Games in Education

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Games are becoming as popular in the classroom as they are in the living room. Increasingly, teachers are turning to video games to engage students and teach math, language arts and other skills. This…

A Big Win at Tech 50 Event

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On October 11, 2013, Schell Games was named Interactive and Application Developer of the Year for 2013 at the Tech 50 event in Pittsburgh. Jesse Schell, CEO, was on hand to accept the award on behalf …

PlayForward Aims High

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The article, ‘Groundbreaking video game from Schell Games and Yale teaches teens risks of HIV,’ which appeared in Pop City on September 25, 2013, explores the aspirations of the game PlayForward: …

Jesse Schell on the Future of Games in Education

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In this Forbes article, Jesse Schell explains why game-based learning will be a pivotal force in the future of education. He believes that games have the power to engage students in a unique way, as w…

Schell Games Helping Pittsburgh Be a Leader in Educational Game Design

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According to this article on remakelearning.org , Pittsburgh is becoming a national leader in educational game design innovation, and companies like Schell Games are leading the way. With its focus on…

Schell Games Wins Big at International Serious Play Awards

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Two games developed by Schell Games took home awards at the Serious Play Conference this year. PlayForward: Elm City Stories for Yale’s play2PREVENT was a Gold award winner in the Healthcare/Medical…

Schell Games Highlighted in Inc.

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Schell Games was recognized in this Inc. article about companies who are teaming up with researchers to bring scientific advancements to life. In a partnership with Yale’s play2PREVENT and Digitalmi…

We are #23 on the Pittsburgh 100!

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Schell Games was ranked 23rd out of 100 on the list of the Pittsburgh region’s fastest growing private companies. We also ranked 3rd in the Technology sector. This annual list, published by the Pitt…

GameSprout Featured in Polygon

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GameSprout, our community-based game development website, was spotlighted in Polygon. The story describes GameSprout, as “a platform that encourages those with an interest in making games — no matte…

Now Premiering on OUYA…InnerCube

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Schell Games’ action-packed puzzle game, InnerCube, is now available on the OUYA console. In InnerCube, your very survival depends on the swiftness of your reflexes and the dexterity of your mind. P…

Lionel’s Battle Train Is Full Steam Ahead

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All aboard…Battle Train, the game we helped develop for Lionel, officially launched in the iTunes store. This fast-paced survival game takes players on a wild ride through three unique terrains and on…

Schell Games Nominated for Application Developer of the Year Award

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Schell Games has been chosen as a finalist for the Pittsburgh Technology Council‘s Tech 50 award for Application Developer of the Year. Five other companies are competing in this category. Award wi…

2013 International Serious Play Award (PlayForward)

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2013 International Serious Play Award (Tunnel Tail)

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Jesse Schell’s GameSprout Surpasses 1,000 Members

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Over 180 Game Ideas Submitted to Beta Game Design Community SitePITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (July 8, 2013) – After only one month in Beta, renowned game designer Jesse Schell’s new platform dedicated…

Sheep, Goats and the Future of Education

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This Gamasutra article explores the reasons why educators need to  support curiosity in the classroom while preserving student self-discipline. It is based on Jesse Schell’s keynote at the Games for…

Schell Games’ Partnership with Amplify Announced in USA Today

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This USA Today article announces Schell Games’ partnership with Amplify to produce video games that will be used to enhance the learning experience in classrooms. Jesse Schell explains that Lexica, …

Gaming company CEO focuses on ‘social change’

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This Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article discusses Schell Games’ focus on transformational games and the honor bestowed on Jesse Schell by Games for Change, as he becomes the first recipient of the ‘G…

Serious games stigmatized in and out of the industry, says Schell

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In this GamesIndustry International article dated May 30, 2013, Jesse Schell shares his thoughts about the serious games industry and why he prefers the term ‘transformational games.’…

Jesse Schell Honored with First Ever ‘Game Changer’ Award

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Jesse Schell is the first recipient of the Game Changer award, the premier award in transformational games. This special honor recognizes the significant, global contributions of practitioners who ins…

GameSprout Emerges as the First Ever Community-Based Platform for Collaborative Game Design

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Jesse Schell Launches Website That Makes the Dream of Becoming the Next Big Game Designer Accessible to Everyone                                                                                        …

Schell Games Sponsors Game Designer of Tomorrow Initiative

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Schell Games is proud to sponsor the Game Designer of Tomorrow Initiative as part of the Games for Change Festival, being held in New York City from June 17 through 19, 2013. The program provides dram…

PlayFoward Takes Prize at 2013 DATA Awards

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PlayForward: Elm City Stories, an HIV prevention game developed by Schell Games in conjunction with play2Prevent and Digitalmill, was the winner in the Joystick game category at the 2013 DATA Awards c…

Schell Games Selected as a Finalist for DATA Awards

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Schell Games, a leader in transformational games, has been chosen as a finalist for the 2013 Design, Art and Technology (DATA) Awards, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Two of its games,…

Schell Games Designer Wins Women in Gaming Award

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Heidi McDonald, game designer at Schell Games, is honored with the Rising Star award at this year’s Women in Gaming event held at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Find out more in t…

CEO Jesse Schell Keynotes at CFO Rising East Conference 2013

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On Monday, March 4, 2013, Jesse Schell will speak at the 2013 CFO Rising East Conference. The event runs from March 3 to March 6, 2013, and takes place at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida. In his…

Serious Fun and Games in Pittsburgh

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Home to cutting-edge artists and leading technologists, Pittsburgh is fast becoming a national leader in game-based learning. Schell Games is mentioned several times in this article.…

2012 Tech 50 Finalist

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2012 Best Places to Work

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2012 Science Media Award Finalist

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Welcome to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

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Schell Games, in conjunction with the Fred Rogers Company and PBS, unveiled the new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood interactive website as part of the popular PBS KIDS online collection. The new site is…

Schell Games Opens Puzzle Clubhouse at PAX

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This year at PAX 2012, Schell Games opened the doors to the highly-anticipated Puzzle Clubhouse, an online community for a new kind of game development process, one that is crowd-designed and crowd-su…

Tunnel Tail – FREE on iPhone and iPad

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Schell Games is proud to announce the launch of Tunnel Tail, a new mobile game that is 100% FREE — all characters and all levels! Tunnel Tail takes you underground where mouse tribes struggle with the…

PlayForward: Elm City Stories

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Schell Games has partnered with Yale University to develop a game for the iPad aimed at preventing HIV infection among ethnic minority adolescents. PlayForward provides an engaging and informative exp…

Schell Games Expands Pittsburgh Headquarters

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Schell Games, already the largest game development company in Pennsylvania, has announced that it is adding more space to its Pittsburgh headquarters.  The additional space will accommodate existing r…

Race for the Beach Now Open at SeaWorld Orlando

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Schell Games and SeaWorld recently announced that one of the most popular interactive experiences in SeaWorld San Diego is now open to the public within the all-new TurtleTrek attraction in SeaWorld O…

2012 DATA Award Winner

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2012 Diamond Award

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2011 Tech 50 Finalist

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2011 Best Places to Work

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2011 DATA Award Winner

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TIME Magazine’s Top 10 Everything of 2010

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2010 Best Places to Work

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2010 Thea Award

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2009 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

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2008 Front Line Award

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