In 2017, EAE (the predecessor to the Division of Games) moved into the newly renovated first floor of Building 72, the former home of the SJ Quinney School of Law library. In the summer of 2019, EAE expanded into the building's full space to occupy the 32,000 square foot facility. That same summer, major renovations began on the lower floor of the building, a multi-million dollar phased expansion and renovation to transform the building into one of the leading academic games facilities in the nation. The building contains a mix of research and teaching labs, multiple Division of Games classlabs, motion capture and games user research labs, esports and game streaming production spaces, and significant collaboration space for Utah Games students and faculty. The space and facilities in Building 72 enable Utah Games to provide an unparalleled education and research experience to students and to engage in remarkable collaborations with partners across the campus, the nation, and the world.
Building 72 includes
- 8,000 square feet of open studio space for Utah Games masters student projects work
- Games User Research, Motion Capture, and AV/VR labs as well as game streaming studios and production labs
- Over 7,000 square feet of teaching space, featuring 2 large flex lab spaces for undergraduate research and project work and 2 Games-dedicated classlabs featuring high-end Cintique tablets for use in game art courses.
- The 3000 square foot La Londe Student Lounge
- 20 faculty and staff offices
- The Utah Varsity Esports practice and competition space
- Game dev workspaces and collaborative learning spaces
- A Cafe Brio coffee shop
Two Games-dedicated teaching classless, both over 750 square feet, are used exclusively by the Division of Games for teaching graduate and undergraduate courses where faculty and students interact during class to explore arts and technology. Both classless contain 40 NUC workstations running high-end graphics applications. One classlab is also fitted with 40 accompanying 30" Wacom Cintque display/tablets.
The Utah Games Games User Research Lab is a 700 square foot lab facility equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for games user research. The lab contains a living room simulation for user testing as well as 4 dedicated GUR play stations with instrumented eye-tracking and gameplay tracking. The space also includes office space for research leads, open space, and facilities for VR experiences, and VR/AR head mounts equipped with eye-tracking capabilities. The facility was provisioned with a gift from Activision Blizzard.
Motion Capture Lab
The Utah Games Motion Capture Lab is a state-of-the-art facility designed to capture human motion. Using this facility, students, faculty and their collaborators can capture custom animation from actors ranging from dance, athletics, combat, and martial arts to specific acting and character performances. These animations can be used for digital characters in games and other real-time virtual environments. The facility allows its users to build new forms of educational projects and research environments not otherwise accessible or practical. Students, faculty, and staff from Utah Games and across the campus make use of the facility for research and course projects. The facility includes 8' by 16' motion capture performance space covered by 12 OptiTrack cameras. The system is controlled by a high-end PC running OptiTrack Motive optical motion capture software. The facility also holds a SUIT SPEC accessible for on-location motion capture outside of the Mo-Cap Lab.
Games User Research Lab
The Division of Games Games User Research (GUR) Lab is a 700 square foot lab facility equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for games user research. The lab contains a living room mock-up for user testing as well as four dedicated GUR play stations with instrumented eye-tracking and gameplay tracking capabilities. The space also includes office space for research leads and activity monitors. The facility was provisioned with a gift from Activision Blizzard.
Game Streaming Studio and Production Suite
The Division of Games Game Streaming Studio is a 550 square foot studio facility equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for streaming targeted at games streaming., including a news desk set and a talk show set, both equipped with studio-quality lighting, 4K cameras, and audio recording. The faculty is directly adjacent to the Streaming Production Suite, a 400 square foot streaming production facility with stations for directors, editors, and observers to provide live production as well as offline editing of video content.
Utah Varsity Esports Competition/Practice Facility
The Utah Varsity Esports Competition/Practice Facility is a 950 square foot esports lab dedicated to the Utah Varsity Esports teams. The facility contains forty high-end gaming PCs, webcams, headsets, and gaming furniture and lighting supporting training and competitive gameplay. Support for the facility is provided by Pepsi.
Cafe Brio Coffee Bar
The Cafe Brio Coffee Bar located in the lower level of Utah Games' Building 72 brings wonderful smells of coffee and snacks to Games students and faculty throughout the academic year. The coffee bar is open during the week, with hours that vary by day. See the Cafe Brio website for more information.