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Jason Della Rocca (born 1974) is the former executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA):[1] Della Rocca supervised the daily operations, outreach initiatives, and membership programs of the organization from September 2000 to March 2009.[2] After leaving the IGDA following his 9-year involvement with the company, Della Rocca founded Perimeter Partners, a consultancy that provides strategic level guidance and expertise to companies and organizations in, and around, the game industry globally.[3] More recently, Della Rocca cofounded a hybrid incubator/accelerator for independent mobile game startups called Execution Labs.[4] In the summer of 2013 he was appointed to the advisory board for the ICT practice of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada's foreign and trade ministry.[5]

Jason Della Rocca
Jason Della Rocca.jpg
Born (1974-01-23) January 23, 1974 (age 45)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupationco-founder at Execution Labs, former executive director

Della Rocca is a well-known figure within the game development community[3] and was honored for his industry building efforts with the inaugural Ambassador Award at the 8th annual Game Developers Choice Awards.[6] Della Rocca was also named to Game Developer Magazine's 2009 "The Game Developer 50", a list which profiles 50 of the most important contributors to the current state of the game industry.[7]

Della Rocca used the phrase "massacre chaser" in response to an inquiry from MSNBC reporter Winda Benedetti discussing Jack Thompson's quick blaming of video games as the root of the Virginia Tech massacre.[8]

AppearancesEdit

  • Documentary Movie Interview: Playing Columbine 2008[9]
  • Documentary Movie Interview: Moral Kombat 2007[10]
  • CTV Interview: Dawson College shooting (15 September 2006)[11]
  • Panel Discussion: Video Games: Content and Responsibility (2 August 2006)[12]
  • Panel Discussion: Murder, Sex and Censorship: Debating the Morals of Creative Freedom (23 March 2006)[13]
  • Panel Discussion: Got (Too Much) Game? (18 August 2005)[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Montreal Mirror - NOISEMAKERS 2007 : News : Jason Della Rocca
  2. ^ "Della Rocca Quits IGDA". Edge. 2 February 2009. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Interview: Della Rocca On Breaking Tax Breaks' Hold". Gamasutra. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Execution Labs raises $1.4M to incubate indie mobile game studios in Canada". GamesBeat. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2013-10-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "2008 Game Developers Choice Awards To Honor Baer, Della Rocca". Gamasutra. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  7. ^ "The Game Developer 50". Gamasutra. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  8. ^ Were video games to blame for massacre? - Games - MSNBC.com
  9. ^ "IGDA Screens Film About Controversial Columbine Game Tonight". GamePolitics. 27 November 2007. Archived from the original on 10 March 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Moral Kombat now on Hulu". GamePolitics. 11 August 2010. Archived from the original on 16 December 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  11. ^ Canada AM: Discussion of video game regulation
  12. ^ Panels: SIGGRAPH 2006
  13. ^ Game Developers Conference 2006
  14. ^ January 2-5

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