About Us

The Junior Development Experience (JDE) is a game studio consisting of students from DePaul University. Inspired from its former ‘DePaul Gaming Elitists’, the JDE’s goal is to use the experience as a studio to create games for prospective festivals. The team created a year program initiative for workshops, field trips, mentorship, and game jams. This led to over 40 different experiments which helped each individual grow as a developer.

History of JDE



Our first day together was April 18th, 2016 after Josh Delson proposed the studio. Members of the group were individually interviewed of all roles in order to form an all around team dynamic. The overall process was creating project during the summer, fall, and spring. During this time the team was mentored by various veterans in the game industry.


Who is in the JDE? What makes them important? Do they actually like games? All these important questions and more will be answered soon!


“The JDE has not only helped me grow as a developer, but also allowed me to connect with new people and experience creating a variety of games.”

Daniel Song

“The JDE cares about its students. It sees you more than just a number. JDE now, JDE forever!”

Maurice Westbrooks

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PixelPop 2017

Major takeaways from PixelPop Festival: 1.) Game development community in St. Louis is friendly, reliable, huge, and inclusive. 2.) Its rapidly growing with strong independent developers from all over the country. 3.) Its a hidden gem of passionate people with some awesome upcoming games. Overall this weekend was fantastic and it was so fun uncovering what … Continue reading PixelPop 2017

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