Watch “The UX of Fortnite” talk with Celia Hodent

In this talk IxDA’s Interaction’19 Celia Hodent covers the UX framework that was used during the development of Fortnite, consisting of breaking down game UX in two main pillars: usability and “engage-ability”.

Interaction design and UX are very new to the video game industry. The design of great user experience in video games have specific challenges considering that they need to be fun and engaging.

In this talk IxDA‘s Interaction’19, Celia Hodent covers the UX framework used during the development of Fortnite, consisting of breaking down game UX in two main pillars: usability and “engage-ability”.

The usability pillar is close to the heuristics used in other industries but game developers use a specific vocabulary that she describes. “Engage-ability” is a fuzzier concept, sometimes also called “fun” or “immersion”. She describes how this framework and “ingredients” applies to games, using examples from the development of Fortnite.

The UX of Fortnite

About Celia Hodent

Celia Hodent is recognized as a leader in the application of user experience (UX) and cognitive science in the game industry. Celia holds a PhD in psychology and has over ten years of experience in the development of UX strategy and processes in video game studios. Through her work at Ubisoft (e.g. Rainbow 6 franchise), LucasArts (e.g. Star Wars: 1313), and as Director of UX at Epic Games (e.g. Fortnite), she contributed to many projects across multiple platforms, from PC to consoles, mobile, and VR.

Celia is also the founder of the Game UX Summit, advisor for the GDC UX Summit, and author of The Gamer’s Brain: How Neuroscience and UX can Impact Video Game Design. She currently works as an independent consultant, helping studios increase the likelihood of their games to be engaging and successful.

Source: The UX of Fortnite – Interaction 19 – 3-8 February 2019 • Seattle, WA

By Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Director of Design Strategy at SAP and lecturer of Project Management for UX at the M.Sc. Usability Engineering at the Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences .

Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar has helped truly global companies in multiple continents create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he promoted the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai.

Itamar holds a MA in Design Practice from Northumbria University (Newcastle, UK), for which he received a Distinction Award for his thesis Creating Innovative Design Software Solutions within Collaborative/Distributed Design Environments.

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