HoYoverse Joins Hands with Top-Notch Collegiate Game Design Program USC Games to Showcase the Future of the Games Industry


USC Games Expo 2023 will be returning in-person on the USC Campus with support from HoYoverse, showcasing and celebrating over 60 student projects as the future of the games industry.


Singapore (April 20, 2023) – Today, global interactive entertainment brand HoYoverse announced a partnership with North America's No.1 collegiate game design program USC Games for its 7th annual USC Games Expo. The annual USC Games Expo will return in-person on USC's campus on May 10, 2023 with a hands-on look at the best up-and-coming games, designers, and developers from the USC Games program.


"We are thrilled to see the renowned USC Games Expo returning to an in-person format this year, bringing the vitality and creativity of promising designers and developers back on USC's campus," said Jim Yang, President of HoYoverse. " As a committed supporter, HoYoverse is proud to partner with the prestigious USC Games Program this year and leverage this opportunity to nurture the growth of global gaming talent."


"USC Games Expo is our flagship event to showcase the innovation and creativity of our student game designers," said Danny Bilson, Chair of the USC School of Cinematic Arts' (SCA) Interactive Media & Games Division (IMGD), and Director of USC Games." The students spend all year making games and building things together, and this event is the culmination of that process. We're thrilled to have the event return to in-person this year and we invite USC alumni and members of the community to meet the students shaping the future of the games industry."


This year's USC Games Expo will take place on USC's campus on May 10, 2023 at 5pm PT, marking the first in-person Expo since 2020. At the Expo, attendees will get to experience the future of the games industry through a series of hands-on experiences with over 60 student projects. Besides, attendees will have access to a USC hosted esports tournament, a mini golf course, and carnival style food and beverages. Ten projects developed in USC Games' capstone course, the Advanced Games Program (AGP), will also be featured with their first hands-on showcase.


USC Games will also feature the best games of the past year at the Expo, alongside a junior high and high school preview event taking place earlier that day. For more information on the USC Games Expo 2023, please refer to its official website.


About HoYoverse


At HoYoverse, we are committed to creating immersive virtual world experiences for players around the world. In addition to game products such as Genshin Impact, Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, Honkai: Star Rail, and Zenless Zone Zero, HoYoverse also launched the dynamic desktop software N0va Desktop, the community product HoYoLAB, and created a variety of products such as animations, comics, music, novels, and merchandise around our original creative concepts. Adhering to our mission of Tech Otakus Save the World, we have always been committed to research and development, exploring cutting-edge technologies and accumulating world-leading technical capabilities in cartoon rendering, artificial intelligence, cloud gaming technology, and other fields. HoYoverse is actively engaged in globalization, with offices in Singapore, Montreal, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Seoul, and other areas.

About USC Games


USC Games is a flagship collaboration offered jointly by the School of Cinematic Arts Division of Interactive Media & Games and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Computer Science Department. This unified brand allows press, industry, students and faculty to discuss the overall efforts at USC in games and simultaneously clarify the important distinctions between the offerings of the various programs. The program has been ranked No. 1 for twelve years, as evaluated by the Princeton Review.


The program at the School Cinematic Arts focuses on both the design and production of interactive media and games. Students emerge as creative media leaders, fluent in many forms of visual expression and storytelling, with a sophistication to design and develop innovative interactive experiences that expand the state of interactive art and play across domains, such as entertainment, education, health care and social action.


The Computer Science Games program at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering provides students with a grounding in the fundamentals of computer science and a cross-disciplinary background in game development. Students emerge with an engineering-oriented game-programming skillset, with an understanding of key technologies and the ability to lead complex technical teams in the development of games.


In addition to the advanced games class, USC Games offers the USC Games Expo and an annual industry event held at the Game Developers Conference. USC Games brings more shared courses under this umbrella, including those from other schools at http://games.usc.edu and can be contacted at USCgames@usc.edu.