Emmanuel Valdez

Adjunct Faculty

MFA in Game Design

Emmanuel Valez has over 25 years of experience in the videogame industry as a multi-disciplined artist, game director, game designer and team manager. He is currently an Art Director at Daybreak Game Company in San Diego. He was also Art and Animation Director at Machine Zone San Diego and Art Manager, Animation Director, Game Director, and Co-Founder of Appy Entertainment, a social mobile game publisher and entertainment company. Prior to Appy, Emmanuel co-founded independent game developer High Moon Studios and was the Game Director of The Bourne Conspiracy and co-creator of the vampire western FPS, Darkwatch.

Emmanuel was also the creator of Ready 2 Rumble Boxing and sequel Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2 for Midway Home Entertainment. His other video game credits include B.I.O. Freaks, ESPN Extreme Games, NFL Gameday, and ESPN Baseball Tonight. He also worked at Sammy Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Park Place Productions.

Emmanuel has been featured in numerous industry books and publications including Game Development Essentials: Mobile Game Development (2012), The Art of 3D Computer Animation and Effects (2001), and Game Design: Secret of the Sages (1999).