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Application now open for IGDA 2014 E3 Scholarships
The application is now open for the 2014 IGDA Scholarships at E3. The program is open to all students and recent graduates in fields relating to game development. Applications must be submitted by 23 March; please see http://scholars.igda.org/how-to-apply/ for rules and the application form.
Awarded to the best and brightest students in game development disciplines, the IGDA Scholars program gives recipients an all-access pass, industry mentorship, and local studio tours.
The E3 Expo takes place 10-12 June at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, USA. E3 is the world's premier trade show drawing tens of thousands of professionals to experience the future of interactive entertainment. The most influential people leading the most innovative companies in the industry attend E3 to see groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products for computers, video game consoles, handheld systems, mobile and social, and the Internet.
The IGDA and the IGDA Scholarships Committee are delighted to have the E3 Expo be a part of this year's exciting schedule. Learn more about the program, its history and how to apply at http://scholars.igda.org. Please help us continue to spread the word about this excellent opportunity for students around the world. To learn how you or your organization can support the program, contact email@example.com.
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Event highlight: ECGC announces Ken Rolston as 1st keynote plus free IGDA membership with registration on select passes
Held annually at the Raleigh Convention Center, the East Coast Game Conference is the leading forum for game industry professionals on the East Coast to share expertise, network, and build careers.
ECGC 2014 takes place 23-24 April in Raleigh, N.C. (USA). Ken Rolston, director of design at Turbine/Warner Brothers, has been announced as ECGC’s first keynote for the event and a one-year IGDA membership is included on select passes. Learn more and register today!
Click here for information on these and other discounts (requires log in).To view all upcoming IGDA and IGDA Partner events, click here.
WIPJam @ Mobile World Congress 2014 (24-27 Feb., Barcelona, Spain)
- Game Developers Conference (17-21 March, San Francisco, USA):
IGDA members save US$75 - see below for more details
- IGDA Game User Research Summit (18 March, San Francisco, USA):
IGDA members save $US52
- Games for Change Festival at Tribeca Film Festival (22-24 April, New York City, USA):
IGDA members save 20 percent
- East Coast Game Conference (23-24 April, Raleigh, N.C., USA):
1-year IGDA membership included on select passes
- M2Games Games Latam (24-25 April, Miami, USA):
IGDA members save 15 percent
IGDA at GDC 2014
GDC 2014 takes place 17-21 March and your IGDA is hard at work planning a great week! Visit www.igda.org/GDC2014 for info on what to expect.
IGDA members can save US$75 on their GDC 2014 All Access Pass or Main Conference registration. Click here to log in and get your discount code.
The IGDA discount code cannot be combined with other discount promotions, including group discounts, alumni rates, exhibitor discounts, other special discount offers or previously purchased or registered passes. All discount codes are subject to review and are limited to one discount per registration.
Can't make it to GDC? IGDA members save 10 percent on a GDC Vault subscription — Unlock a wealth of industry leading content! Subscribe to GDC Vault today and get unlimited access to all members-only content from nearly 20 years of the world's largest and longest-running gaming industry event. Enjoy more than 8,000 videos, slides and audio from the game industry's leading figures, and access to upcoming GDC 2014 content at no additional cost. IGDA members receive 10 percent off an individual subscription! Click here to log in and access details for this and other great benefits!
IGDA Women in Games SIG highlights Kirsten Forbes
To celebrate and highlight women in game development, the IGDA WIG SIG posts monthly profiles of the sung and unsung women of game development, from veterans to fresh faces.
Meet Kirsten Forbes, IGDA WIG SIG's February profile! Kirsten, based out of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, is COO of Silicon Sisters and a long-time game producer. She has been shipping titles since the PlayStation One and encourages folks take the time to proofread.
Want to see someone highlighted? Email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Join Drexel University’s Digital Media program, a leading program in Game Design, as a full time tenure-track faculty. Industry experience is preferred. Apply here! MORE
Producing world-ready graduates in 3D modeling/animation, game art, game audio, creative writing, game engine programming, and video game production/management. MORE
IGDA Perspectives content spotlight
Excerpt from “The Leap Into Little Screens: Art for Mobile Games” by John Che, Daniel Roh, and Michelle Huynh.
While Super Mario Bros. took on a gradual evolution, Infinity Blade was graphically impressive from its inception. The game was introduced to a mobile market crowded with casual and resource building games, displaying incredible graphical power and defying conventions for the mobile space.
Read the full story in the January issue of the IGDA Perspectives newsletter, “Art in Tight Spaces.”
IGDA PARTNER RESEARCH AND REPORTS
M2 Research wants to hear from you — Game Development Survey
M2 Research is conducting an in-depth analysis on trends in development, tool usage, and studio growth. All the information provided will be aggregated to create a total industry snapshot that will be published and made available to anyone who completes the survey. M2 Research wants to get your insight and feedback on important issues facing game development industry, so please be sure to fill out the Game Development Survey completely. Your opinions and voice are important!
The M2 Game Development Survey should take less than 10 minutes of your time to complete. Take it now: http://bit.ly/1bwk544. Questions and feedback can be directed to email@example.com.
M2 Research will be doing a drawing for 2 prizes:
• Microsoft Xbox One
• Sony PS4
Drawing winners will contacted directly by email at the end of March.
Developer Economics Q1 2014
Last quarter, IGDA members were enouraged to participate in VisionMobile’s Developer Economics survey and the report is now avialable. The report features in-depth analysis and insights into the key issues in the app economy, including platform prioritisation, going beyond tablets, trending revenue models, and making the right choices in developer tools. You can download the full report for free at www.visionmobile.com/DE1Q14IGDA.
Monthly industry insight from The NPD Group
Annual 2013 Top 10 Games (New physical retail only; U.S. retail/e-tail sales; across all platforms including PC).
** Includes CE, GOTY editions, bundles, etc. but not those bundled. with hardware
Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)** - Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
- Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, PC, NWU)** - Activision Blizzard (Corp)
- Madden NFL 25 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO) - Electronic Arts
- Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, PC) - Electronic Arts
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, NWU, PC)** - Ubisoft
- NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC)** - Take 2 Interactive (Corp)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, NWU, PC)** - Activision Blizzard (Corp)
- Just Dance 2014 (WII, 360, NWU, XBO, PS3, PS4)** - Ubisoft
- Minecraft (360) - Microsoft (Corp)
- Disney Infinity (360, WII, PS3, NWU, 3DS) - Disney Interactive Studios
Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service
IGDA partner highlight: Marmalade partner webinars
Marmalade, a software development tool that allows developers to spread their apps to a wide range of devices, is offering a free webinar series for game developers to learn how to use its services to make the most of their games using integrated services for advertising, analytics, chat, payments, promotions, push notifications and more. Learn more and register today!
Cancer Research UK: Genes In Space video game helps scientists
Scientists in Cambridge, England, have developed a video game app which allows players to help researchers find new treatments for cancer.
Called Genes In Space, the smartphone game, uses the "collective force" of players around the world to analyze "significant amounts of real genetic data", said developers.
DICE Awards 2014 sees sweep by The Last of Us, gaming pioneers honored
At the recent 17th Annual DICE Awards ceremony, Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic epic took home a truckload of trophies.
Indeed, both Naughty Dog and Sony Computer Entertainment have to be nothing but smiles now, as The Last of Us walked away with ten wins, including Game of the Year and Adventure Game of the Year.
More US Internet traffic comes from people playing video games than from Facebook
While Netflix is the undisputed champion of generating Web traffic in the United States, there's another video-streaming service that's quickly moving up the peak traffic ranks: Twitch, the video service that lets gamers live-stream their gameplay to thousands of viewers simultaneously.
3Dflow is a startup rooted in academic research devoted to bring the power of computer vision to the industry. Activision Inc. is among its customers. 3Dflow's first product, 3DF Zephyr, is a powerful tool that can convert images into accurate 3D models. MORE
PlayPhone® is a global leader in mobile social gaming. PlayPhone’s mobile gaming platform enables players to login with their existing Facebook and Twitter accounts to connect and play social games with friends, discover popular new games, and share mobile gaming experiences.
The documentary about the man behind Gran Turismo is now available on YouTube
For 15 years, the Gran Turismo series has been at the forefront of racing games, and the driving force behind those games is Kazunori Yamauchi. A recent documentary titled Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide focuses on Yamauchi and his fascination with the auto and gaming worlds, and that documentary is now free to watch on YouTube.
Mr Byte: The 'gang' leader of gaming in Peru
While other teenagers were playing soccer on the street or starting to hit on girls, Lobsang Alvites was learning to decompile programs and finding new ways to use his favorite computer: A Commodore 64 that he found at a fair after he lost his previous one at airport customs when he arrived in Lima.
Video games and gun violence: A year after Sandy Hook
Following the horrific December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook, the game industry sat down with the vice president to talk about gun violence. A year later we ask: What's come of that meeting? Gamasutra's Mike Rose reports.
Namco Bandai becomes Bandai Namco
In an effort to slightly confuse a few gamers, Namco Bandai has announced that it would be rebranding itself as Bandai Namco and uniting all their labels under the one singular name moving forward. Except in North America (for the time being) where consumers apparently are too attached to their original branding even though their logo won't change.
You can play Wii In North Korea ... for therapy
The outside world doesn’t know a whole lot about what is really going on in North Korea — how the people actually live and what they do. One thing we can prove, however, is that at least one North Korean citizen has played the Nintendo Wii.
The depressing black market that's ripping off video games
If you thought that those responsible for cloning and ripping off other people’s work on phone stores were working in blissful isolation, you’re wrong — and underestimating the size of the market for this kind of junk. Cloning phone games is big business.
EA Salt Lake lays off part of staff
The Salt Lake Tribune
Electronic Arts Salt Lake, the video game studio that worked on the popular "The Sims" PC games and other family-based titles, has laid off part of its staff to focus on mobile gaming.
Gaming publisher Electronic Arts, headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif., confirmed the restructuring of the studio but would not say how many employees were let go.
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