Soma Games Founder Chris Skaggs to Present at NRB Convention

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Chris Skaggs to discuss opportunities for Christians in the "Wild West of Gaming" and to participate on panel talk about changing work culture.

Soma Games, an award-wining game development company, is pleased to announce that its founder and CTO Chris Skaggs will present at the 69th annual NRB Convention & Exposition, February 18-21 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.
Chris will participate in two sessions at the conference:

Career Hour: How Can You Change the Culture at Your Workplace, Even If You’re Not the Boss?
(Sunday, Feb.19 at 5:00 pm, Delta Lobby B)
Chris will join thought leaders including Phil Cooke, Co-Founder of Cooke Pictures; Megan Alexander, Correspondent, Inside Edition; Mike Hyatt, Chairman, Thomas Nelson Publishers; and others for a lively panel discussion about changing work culture.

Video Game Design: The Wild West for Christians in the Media
(Monday, Feb. 20, 2:30 pm, Delta Mezzanine)
Chris will explore the rapidly changing game development industry, including the factors influencing today’s rush toward games with purpose, and shares examples and tips on how to create an interactive narrative framework for today’s new forms of gameplay.

“Video games have become the most consumed form of entertainment in America today, eclipsing books and movies as the primary cultural influencer for not only Millennials but extending to Baby Boomers as well with a growing number of female gamers,” Chris Skaggs, founder and CTO of Soma Games and Code-Monkeys, an application and web development company specializing in mobile apps. “NRB hosts people and organizations with messages worth spreading. We’re here to share and explore how they can use these tools to reach this crucial mobile audience.”

According to the latest report by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA - http://www.theesa.com/, 67 percent of American households now play video games. The average gamer is 34 years old and has been playing for 12 years. Over 40 percent of all players are women, and women over 18 years of age are one of the industry’s fastest growing demographics. Additionally, 26 percent of people over the age of 50 play games, a figure sure to rise in coming years with nursing homes and senior centers across the nation now incorporating video games into their activities.

“We’re a culture that is hungry for self-discovery and eager to find meaningful spiritual experiences, and gaming is where culture is being transmitted today. We’re here to help encourage -- and in many ways, challenge Christians to embrace gaming for what it can be: an incredibly dynamic, engaging and educational medium for representing Christian and societal values at large,” added Chris.

View a video-greeting from Chris Skaggs about his presentation at NRB here:
http://nrbconvention.org/program/video-greetings/chris-skaggs/

The NRB Convention is an international event that networks thousands of Christian communicators, from program producers to authors, pastors to engineers, directors to vendors, as well as internationally known musicians. Internationally-known speakers and musicians will lead comprehensive program of keynotes and educational sessions on Radio, TV, Visual Media, Church Media, Internet, and Leadership.

Registration and more information at http://nrbconvention.org/

About Soma Games
Soma Games creates games from a wide range of genres on PC, online and mobile platforms, including G: Into the Rain, that was awarded the ‘Best iPhone Game' Award at CGDC in 2009 and the soon to be released F: The Storm Riders. Both are the first two installments of a series of future game releases called Arc. Soma Games is the Christian gaming label of Code-Monkeys, an Application and Web Development company that has been delivering award winning solutions to companies like Intel, Fandango, Mashable, etc. for more than a dozen years. Visit Soma Games online at http://www.somagames.com/, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SomaGames and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/somagames.

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