GDCA And Joseph Olin

Home » GDCA And Joseph Olin

Joseph Olin programmed his first game after teaching himself BASIC while working as a copywriter on the Coca-Cola account. Since then, Olin has been involved with more than one hundred titles and interactive products on nearly every consumer game platform launched.

Olin, appointed as the VGBA’s Executive Director in September 2014, also has an active game business consulting practice – It’s A Secret – and continues as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Southern California videogame program. Most recently, Joseph created and ran a series of Diplomados (3-month 130 hour series of classes) in Videogames and Animation for the Colombian Ministry of Information & Technology (MinTIC) in Medellin. This program led to the creation of 20 new studios and 30 game projects in the city.

Olin is known for his long tenure as President of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences – the games industry’s largest association of accredited professionals – where he championed the role of talented creators within the $50 billion video game industry. Olin grew Academy membership more than six-fold from 3,000 to 20,000 and directed the annual D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit, the Interactive Achievements Awards® and the Into the Pixel™ video game art exhibit.

As a precursor to his time at the AIAS, Olin spearheaded the introduction of gaming’s most famous heroine, Lara Croft, with the launch of the blockbuster Tomb Raider franchise as vice president of sales, marketing and business development for EIDOS Interactive.  Olin also served as senior partner and group account director at Ogilvy & Mather directing Mattel’s Barbie and licensed toys campaigns.  Earlier in his career, Olin held senior level positions in game publishing, advertising, sales, and marketing. At Elliot Portwood Studios, Olin co-created Leonardo’s Multimedia Toolbox, an educational software platform, developed with Gene Portwood and Lauren Elliott (creators of Carmen Sandiego).  His background also includes tenure at Philips Media, Della Femina McNamee, and Microprose/Hasbro Interactive.

Olin sits on advisory boards for: Film-Akademie of Baden-Wurttemberg, the International Federation of Multimedia Associations (FIAM), Games/Business/Law Summit at SMU, ANIM/FX New Zealand, SIGGRAPH, Videogames Economic Forum in Angouleme, France, ACI Games in Brazil, and the UCLA/CRESST Games Research Center and speaks at a number of digital conferences annually.

Olin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and has been adjunct faculty at Interactive Media Division with the School of Cinematic Arts since 2010.


Author And Fact Check

Written by author J. Bond and fact checked by Martin Pino and J. Esposito to ensure that the data retrieved is objectively correct

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Information You Can Trust.

Know That You Are In Safe Hands.

Every Casino And Sportsbook We Recommend Has Been Verified By Reputable Sources Such As eCOGRA, GLI, and Malta Gaming Authority.

Disclaimer: Play Responsibly And In Moderation

Please check your local laws before gambling online.

We feature links to third-party websites as a means to provide our users with the industry’s most trusted and reputable source for legal operator reviews and odds.

This is an SSL-certified website. The law prohibits underage gambling. Gambling can lead to several issues, such as addiction, debt, and social isolation. If you experience problems controlling your own gaming habits, please call 1-800-522-4700 for assistance. WARNING: cannot be held liable in the event of litigation, loss, or damage relating to an external website. encourages its readers to practice responsible gaming. There is always a risk involved when playing for money online. We are not able to guarantee the accuracy of services from third-party companies, even if they are publishing or published on this website. You are responsible for reading all the terms, conditions, and privacy policies on third-party sites on which you choose to visit and play. Bet with your head, not over it. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-gambler. and all content herein are intended for audiences that are not underage. There is no way to increase your odds of winning, and no content on this website suggests otherwise. publishes news, information, and reviews about legal online gambling for entertainment purposes only and accepts no liability for gambling choices and bets that you make. You may see paid advertisements for companies that offer online gambling – casino, sports betting, lottery, and more on this site.

Firing Squad is a comparison website for gambling operators and their network of online casinos. While most people regard real money games as a hobby, some may develop an addiction. If you or a close one suffer from gambling problems, please contact GamCare at 0808 8020 133 for free, confidential advice.

Brand names, logos, and trademarks are the property of their respective owner. Firing Squad uses these across the website for descriptive purposes, yet it does not equal endorsement.

Copyright 2024 Firing Squad | All Rights Reserved. Address and Registration Firing Squad Limited: offices in City 4 Building 68WR+MX8 - Suite 221 - Garhoud - Deria - Dubai - UAE. ABOUT US: Firing Squad is a trusted reference website in gaming, sportsbooks, and online casino reviews to help players make informed gambling decisions in trustworthy casinos.