Nicholas Fortugno

Co-Founder/CCO at Playmatics
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Bio

Nick Fortugno is a game designer, gamification expert and entrepreneur of digital and real-world games. He is Chief Creative Officer of Playmatics, a company that creates highly-engaging games, media, user experiences, and applications on the internet, social media networks, and a variety of connected platforms. From 2007-2009, Nick was the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Rebel Monkey, a NYC online games company. Before Rebel Monkey, Fortugno was the Director of Game Design at gameLab, where he was a designer, writer and project manager on dozens of commercial and serious games, and served as lead designer on the blockbuster Diner Dash and the award-winning serious game Ayiti: The Cost of Life. Nick teaches game design and interactive narrative design at Parsons The New School of Design, and has participated in the construction of the school's game design curriculum. Nick is also a co-founder of the Come Out and Play street games festival hosted in New York City and Amsterdam since 2006, and co-creator of the Big Urban Game for Minneapolis/St. Paul in 2003. Nick's most recent writing about games can be found in the anthology Well-Played 1.0: Video Game, Value, and Meaning, published by ETC-Press.