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LTU Expo gaming, anime fest returns in virtual form

Release Date: April 14, 2021
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Gamers and cosplayers check out the wares at the 2019 LTU Expo. This year the event returns in virtual form.
LTU photo / Matt Roush.

SOUTHFIELD—The LTU Expo (LTUX), a celebration of anime, gaming, and Esports events, returns to Lawrence Technological University after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 event.

The virtual event will be held from Monday, April 19 to Saturday, April 24.

The event will present the advanced project work of LTU game design and computer science students, along with the products and services of local game developers and business partners, plus Esports tournaments, keynotes, panels, and more.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit https://ltux.games/. The website says LTUX shows “everything LTU has to offer: great work, a friendly and welcoming studio culture, and amazing potential.”

Faculty advisers for the event are Mars Ashton, assistant professor of game design, and Jose Gonzalez-Belmonte, game software development lecturer.

Said Ashton: “LTUX has always been something our students have looked forward to at the end of the school year. We are excited to be able to bring so much of what LTU offers to this virtual event and look forward to the time we'll be able to host it on-campus again!”

LTU offers both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in game design and a Bachelor of Science in computer science with a game software development concentration. More about the BFA in game design at this link. More about the Bachelor of Science in computer science game software development degree at this link.

The initial LTU Expo, held on campus in 2018, drew a crowd of more than 1,200 to LTU’s Southfield campus. A similar-sized crowd attended in pre-pandemic 2019.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers nearly 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

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LTU students show off the games they've designed at the 2019 LTU Expo. 
LTU photo / Matt Roush.

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