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SAVE THE DATE! IGDA Leadership Summit in Seattle,
2-3 Sept. 2015

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Building on its legacy running the successful IGDA Leadership Forums of the past, the International Game Developers Association is excited to announce the launch of a new version of the event, the IGDA Leadership Summit! This focused event will highlight key strategies and skill sets required for exhibiting leadership in today’s evolving game industry. From executives and business development to producers, artists, writers and programmers, the goal of this event is to help the developer community to become better leaders regardless of their level or function, towards to the goal of creating engaging, successful games. This is a prime opportunity to learn from seasoned game industry professionals and improve your ability to exhibit leadership not only in business relationships but also in your creative expertise. Also, this year’s Leadership Summit will also highlight the timely theme of industry diversity and how we can take practical steps in ensure inclusive work environments.

Heading to Seattle for PAX Prime? The Leadership Summit takes place just two days following that major event – extend your stay in the Seattle summer and be ready to be challenged by dynamic speakers in both a keynote lecture and workshop-style learning environment.


For more information, please check the IGDA Leadership Summit website. Space is limited so make your travel plans as soon as possible with special discounts on flights and accommodations (special rates on the event hotel are valid only to 2 August). Event passes will be going on sale soon!

For interested parties who would like to support this important event, sponsorship packages starting as low as $500 are available now! Contact sponsors@igda.org for more information.

We hope to see you there!
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E3 IGDA Scholar Recipients Announced
IGDA
We are pleased to announce our E3 IGDA Scholars! These 8 students are set to receive a pass courtesy of the ESA, studio tours during E3, booth tours, and an industry mentor assigned to them to guide their careers.
  • Eric Tang (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Dudley Ellis (University of Waterloo, Canada)
  • Matthew Lee (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Morten Salvesen (Westerdals Oslo School of Art, Communication and Technology, Norway)
  • Naman Gupta (Meerut Institute of Engineering and Technology, India)
  • Joseph Cox (Ohio University, USA)
  • Alice Savell (Savannah College of Art & Design, USA)
  • Lynne Qiu (University of Southern California, USA)
The IGDA Scholarships program is a 14 year old program that has awarded over 550 scholarships to conferences since its inception. Read the bios of our recent winners here: http://scholars.igda.org/current-scholars/!

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Event Highlight: IGDA Members Save US$25 on Power of Play Registration
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On 15 & 16 May, Washington Interactive Network brings you Power of Play, the B2B game industry event in Seattle, US. Come join us as we bring together industry executives and independent game developers to hear about the new trends and innovations and the opportunities it creates as well as first hand opportunity to play with the latest video games created by independent game developers at our Indie Game Expo. The 2015 event will also include networking opportunities and reception, the 4th Annual Seattle Independent Game Competition, two days of speakers, discussions, post mortems, as well as our always popular "Legends of Games" panel with Chris Taylor, Wargaming, Brian Fleming, Suckerpunch, Lou Fasulo, Z2, Jeff Strain, Undead Labs, moderated by Ed Fries.

Be there or be where? Go to www.PowerOfPlay.us for registration and more information. Click here for IGDA member discount information (requires log in).

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IGF China Call for Submissions
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The Game Developers™ Conference China (GDC China), the premier professional conference for creators of video games and interactive entertainment in Asia, will be returning to Shanghai, China on 25-27 October at the Shanghai International Convention Center.

Along with GDC China comes the Independent Games Festival (IGF) which encourages innovation in game development and recognizes the best independent game developers. Act fast and submit your game before 20 July to be considered for the 7th annual IGF China.

Learn more & review submission guidelines prior to submitting, please click here.

Submit an entry in English
Submit an entry in Mandarin

For more information, please visit GDC China or email Echo.Li@ubm.com.

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Benefit Highlight: IGDA Members Enjoy Deep Discounts on entire GUNNAR catalog through E3
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The GUNNAR Game Dev discount program is BACK and better than ever for 2015! All IGDA members are pre-qualified to take advantage of deep discounts on the entire GUNNAR catalog from GDC 2015 to E3 2015. Apply now at Gunnars.com/gamedev to get in this discount program.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


IGDA Director: Women leaving games over harassment Is "a real shame"
Gamespot
Women quitting the games industry over harassment is a "real shame," according to Kate Edwards. She is the executive director of the International Game Developers Association, a non-profit group that advocates for developers big and small across the world. It's a significant responsibility, and one she doesn't take lightly. That's the impression Eddie Makuch got when he sat down with Edwards recently for a wide-ranging interview about several hot-button industry issues making headlines in 2015.
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Herald is a voyage into racial divisions
Polygon
Herald takes place on a ship, a 19th-century clipper headed from the empire of Europe to the seething colonies of the East. The game's main character is a young man of ambitions, of ideals and of color. Devan Rensburg is a mixed heritage steward who struggles to navigate the prejudices, hierarchies and expectations of the age. Herald is a point-and-click adventure, but also an old-fashioned period drama. Like many historical dramas, it asks contemporary questions about society's divisions, of the struggle to belong and the iniquity of imperialism. It is a story of identity and of politics.
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Chicago's Robert Morris University falls short of North American video gaming title
Chicago Tribune
Chicago's Robert Morris University fell just short of a North American college video gaming title May 3, instead settling for runner-up less than a year after the university announced it was starting the nation's first athletic scholarship program for gamers. Competing in the multiplayer battle game "League of Legends," Robert Morris lost three games to none to the University of British Columbia's competitive gaming squad in the North American Collegiate Championship, which took place in Santa Monica, California.
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Valve now lets developers permanently ban Steam users from a game
Polygon
Valve has implemented a new "Game Ban" policy on Steam, allowing game developers to permanently ban Steam users from individual games, the company announced recently. Through the game ban initiative, Valve is allowing developers to run their own systems to "detect and permanently ban any disruptive players, such as those using cheats," according to a Steam Community page that explains what a game ban is.
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Twitter kills MS-DOS games embedded in tweets
The Guardian
Faster than Ryu KOing Ken, Twitter has killed off the ability to play MS-DOS games in tweets. Just recently, users discovered they could take advantage of Twitter’s embedding feature to turn links to the Internet Archive’s 2,600 strong collection of emulated MS-Dos games into playable widgets on the microblogging platform. They used the same system — called Twitter Cards — which allows videos, images and other rich media to be displayed in-line in Twitter’s stream.
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Instructional technology students explore how video games can trigger emotional responses
Ohio University via Phys.org
Every video game's narrative has a start and finish: Kickoff and the last whistle for a football game; Pearl Harbor and the bombing of Hiroshima in a World War II game; or just eating all the dots in Pac-Man. Two Ohio University graduate students, however, have broken the mold and created a location-based videogame that starts at the top of Baker University Center, and if all goes as planned, ends in tears.
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Virtual game dev: How I learned to love remote workers
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A look at what makes remote working work, and tips on making it work better — from an experienced dev who worked remotely for a major studio.
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