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Voting is currently underway for the 2015 IGDA Board of Directors election and just under three weeks remain to get your vote in. If you are voting eligible member, you should have received voting information to the email address on your IGDA account.

This year, there are four candidates running for two open seats. Learn more about them below: For more information, visit If you believe you are a voting eligible member and have not received your voting credentials, please contact
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Webinar Wednesday on 4 February Covers Common Legal Pitfalls for
Game Devs

Each year it becomes easier for someone to pursue their dream of creating a game, and each year more and more indie developers are being blindsided by a seemingly complex and intimidating legal landscape. Join Ryan Morrison as he helps you understand the laws that control the industry, and hopefully make those laws a lot less scary. Register now!

The IGDA hosts weekly webinars surrounding topics in the game industry. Watch for more information on sessions and to register. Recordings of past webinars can be found here.

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Event Highlight: IGDA Members save 20% at Games for Change Festival
The Games for Change Festival is the largest gaming event in New York City and the leading international event around the positive power of digital games. For the second year, the Festival is part of the Tribeca Film Festival's Innovation Week.
  • April 21: Games and Film Summit, exploring how innovative platforms can serve the social good
  • April 22-23: G4C conference with great talks, games, and networking at and around NYU Skirball Center
  • April 25: Public Arcade at the Tribeca Family Street Fair in Lower Manhattan
Speakers include Rami Ismail (Vlambeer, Ridiculous Fishing), Meg Jayanth (Writer, 80 Days - Time Magazine's Game of the Year), Eric Zimmerman (Game Designer), Colleen Macklin (Game Designer), Naomi Clark (Game Designer), Jesse Schell (CEO, Schell Games) and more!

Early-bird pricing ends 20 February. IGDA members can save an additional 20% on General and Nonprofit passes. Click here to log in and get your discount code.

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The IGDA is Preparing for GDC 2015
Each year, the IGDA hosts several events during GDC week, all of which require sponsorship support to become a reality. Support opportunities are available at many different levels (PDF) including in-kind donations for Scholars, drawings, and more. Please consider giving back and supporting your community.

Watch this mailer and for details!

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Support IGDA Member Projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo
Many of our members, affiliates and partners rely on several popular crowdfunding platforms to build their communities and financially support their work. Please take a few moments to check out the projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo that our members have been dedicating their hard work and energy towards.

If you would like to have a project you’d like showcased on one of our pages, fill out the application form here.

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What Greece's new finance minister learned from studying video games
Greece's new finance minister is well-known heterodox economist Yannis Varoufakis. Before he got into Greek politics, though, Varoufakis was standing out from the pack by working as an in-house economist for the video game company, Valve. This may seem odd, but the video game work is actually extremely relevant to his new gig.
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C++ and Lua apps love Windows
$1000 of rewards when you bring your game apps to Windows using Marmalade.

Marmalade, the top-rated, cross-platform app development tool, in collaboration with Microsoft, are running a new offer for developers and game makers who are keen to deploy their games using Marmalade to the Windows Stores for phone, tablet and PC. Indie makers of innovative and engaging games who want to reach a broader audience of millions of players can take part, and if successful will receive a package of bonuses including priority review for Windows store promotion, a License to Windows 8.1 Pro, a Windows Phone device and a Marmalade License, plus a $100 PayPal voucher.

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Anita Sarkeesian shares the graphic, violent threats that fill her Twitter feed
Anita Sarkeesian, author of the ongoing Feminist Frequency video series, has been enduring a "sustained intimidation campaign," as she terms it, for several years now. On Jan. 27, she offered a look at her Twitter feed, which is filled with intimidation and repeated, graphic threats of violence.
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Procedural: A Better Way

With each new generation of gaming hardware, the pressure to build bigger worlds populated by highly detailed content is reaching a boiling point. Studios are struggling to meet deadlines and contain costs. There must be a better, smarter way that makes it easier to create game art with the team you have.

Virtual games try to generate real empathy for faraway conflict
Video games are great for passing time or battling monsters with friends online. But the medium is also being used to explore complex stories and themes. It's even being used as form of journalistic storytelling, immersing people in places and events that can be hard to imagine.
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Game jams, and the difference between hacking and engineering
Expert blogger Wendelin Reich writes for Gamasutra, "A game jam can be a wonderful experience. At its best, it energizes you, gets you in contact with new people, allows you to celebrate gaming culture, and lets you reconnect with your skills and your toolset. This year's Global Game Jam, in which I participated in the absurdly beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence, ticked off all these boxes, making it one of the best I've experienced. The local team of organizers was incredible. (freshly made sandwiches — need I say more?)."
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New Adaptive Game Music Engine

Render adaptive music for your next title using the Elias engine.

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Playphone's Gaming Network
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FCC prohibits American businesses from blocking Wi-Fi signals
The FCC recently issued an enforcement advisory warning companies that blocking Wi-Fi signals in hotels and motels is officially prohibited. "Persons or businesses causing intentional interference to Wi-Fi hotspots are subject to enforcement action," the FCC bluntly stated, referencing a dispute between Marriott and its customers who said the hotel chain had blocked their personal hotspots to force them to pay for Marriott’s Wi-Fi services.
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