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Register now for the 2015 IGDA Leadership Summit!

Following on its tradition of presenting high-quality forums around leadership issues in the game industry, the IGDA returns with the 2015 Leadership Summit! Whatever your role, and regardless of your experience, the Summit is designed to challenge you with diverse, dynamic speakers in both a lecture and workshop-style learning environment. If you’ll already be in Seattle for PAX Prime, stay just a few more days and don’t miss this opportunity to grow your career!pivoted and blossomed on a newfound axis of engagement, innovation and creativity.

This year's event brings together a fantastic group of dynamic, diverse speakers to explore different forms of leadership (from aspiring leaders up to industry leaders), areas of application, and provide hands-on guidance for navigating tough issues.

The roster of presenters includes these respected voices in and around the game industry:
  • Brittany Aubert, Producer, Dropforge
  • Leah Hoyer, Head of Narrative, ArenaNet
  • Rami Ismail, Business & Development Guy, Vlambeer
  • Shannon Loftis, General Manager, Microsoft Studios Global Publishing
  • Samantha Kalman, Founder & Creative Director, Timbre Interactive
  • Marty O’Donnell, Owner/Audio Director, Highwire Games LLC
  • Russ Pitts, Co-founder and Executive Director, | President, Flying Saucer Media
  • Dima Veryovka, Co-Founder, Creative Director, Colabee Studios

For more information and to register, visit Limited volunteer opportunities are available. To learn more, visit

Those interested in supporting this important event can sponsor for as low as US$250! Contact for more information.
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IGDA Foundation Charity Dinner on 2 September to feature Kiki Wolfkill, Studio Head — Halo Interactive Entertainment and Channel, 343 Industries
Join a select group of industry peers and luminaries at the third IGDA Foundation Charity Dinner on Wednesday 2nd September, capping off what is sure to be an exciting first day of the IGDA's Leadership Summit.

This intimate evening at Seattle's Bell Harbor International Conference Center will feature a gourmet dinner, stunning views of the Puget Sound, and a live interview with special guest Kiki Wolfkill, Studio Head at 343 Industries, conducted by Ed Fries former Vice President of Game Publishing at Microsoft — all while helping to raise money for charity.

Registration is open to the public at Discounted group rates are available. Contact for more information.

Proceeds* from this event benefit IGDA Foundation programs (including the well-regarded IGDA Scholars program). To learn more about how the Foundation's programs support the global development community, visit:

*Tickets are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
IGDA Leadership Summit and IGDA Seattle Recruiting & Networking Event registrations not included.

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Call for Speakers: Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP)
Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP) is Australia’s premier game development conference, focusing specifically on skills development, addressing industry trends and international business matching. GCAP delivers thought provoking, creative and innovative sessions covering programming, art, design, management and more, from leaders in the local and international game development industry.

This year’s conference theme is Loving the Craft. GCAP '15 will focus on the multitude of skills (development and business) required when producing and commercializing a game. The key areas of attention will be sharing experiences and knowledge gained during production (in design, technology, art), identifying software and techniques that have improved production efficiency and content quality, understanding core business management, PR and marketing efficacy, reviewing market trends and revenue models, and working with platforms to maximize potential.

Submissions are being accepted through 21 August at

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Call for US Submissions: Smithsonian American Art Museum's Indie Arcade
The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Indie Arcade is an annual event hosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC and its partners, IGDA DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia; and The American University Game Lab. The event affords creative independent game designers and developers the opportunity to show their work at a 1-day event open to the public. In its first year, 20 independent developers showed their work to an audience of more than 4,000 people. This year's theme is Coast to Coast, as we are accepting submissions from anywhere in the United States for the event to be held on 16 January 2016.

The selection criteria include game quality, novelty, and ability to engage a wide audience. There are two sections for exhibiting. The main section includes a variety of digital and analog games for general entertainment. The second section includes games designed to educate, create social impact or other serious topics. This application can be used to submit to both sections.

This is a family-friendly event where hundreds of people an hour may play your game.

Please submit your work before 1 September 2015 at

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Call for Entries: 19th Japan Media Arts Festival
The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (Media Geijutsu) that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media - from animation and comics to media art and games. The festival gives awards in each of its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. Since its inception in 1997, the festival has recognized significant works of high artistry and creativity, and in addition to a yearly Exhibition of Award-winning Works has held other events, such as symposiums, screenings, and showcases.

Entries are sought from professional, amateur, independent and commercial creators across the globe. Works completed or released between 3September 2014 and 9 September 2015 are eligible for entry in the four divisions - Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga.

Deadline to enter: 9 September 2015, 18:00 Japan Standard Time. Learn more at

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Call for Speakers: SIEGE2015, Atlanta, US
The ninth annual Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo (SIEGE) takes place 9-11 October in Atlanta, US. SIEGE is the largest professional game development conference in the South, with tracks on game design, programming, art, audio, business, and serious games.

Call for speakers for the event is currently open. Apply or learn more at or email The SIEGE programming committee contacts chosen speakers by 15 September.

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Event Highlight: Immersed Europe — IGDA members save €100!
Hosted in Murcia, Spain on 3-4 September 2015, Immersed Europe is an international conference designed to give content makers, technology innovators, and professionals the tools and resources they need to build their businesses and excel in their career with technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, stereoscopic 3D, and more. These tools and resources include development expertise, media exposure, access to the investment community, and public excitement for the vibrant immersive future we are headed towards. The growing list of speakers include top experts from AMD, Crytek, nDreams, The Third Floor, Starbreeze Studios, and more.

Additional speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors are welcome. A limited number of Early Bird full access passes are available for €249. When sold out, IGDA members qualify for a special €100 discount on the full rate of admission. As a further special offer, all paid Immersed Europe registrants qualify for a free year of Immersed Access (estimated $200 value), a new private online community for collaborative sharing and learning in a safe and private environment.

Immersed Europe is made possible by The Immersive Technology Alliance and a wide range of media and organizational partners. Learn more at

IGDA members can save €100 on registration. Click here for information (requires log in).

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Event Highlight: Apps World — IGDA members save 20% on registration!
The Apps World Flagship event this year returns to the ExCeL Centre, London, England for a 7th year. Apps World, taking place 18-19 November, has grown to be one of the leading global multi-platform events in the mobile industry, and this year's event is set to be the biggest yet. With over 12,000 developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry professionals expected over the two days. The Apps World Series continues to be the focal point for the great minds in Apps to meet. The Conference tracks this year focus on multi-platform delivery and includes: Mobile Strategy & Marketing, Mobile Payments & Retail, Smart Home, HTML5 & Mobile Web, Droid World, Developer World, Enterprise & DevOps, Gaming World, Start-Up Launch Pad, Coding Clinic, & the Disrupt Arena. With Keynotes from the likes of Martha Lane Fox of Last Minute, hands on Coding Clinics run by Uber, Hackathon powered by AngelHack, and much more. This year's Apps World Conference is the place for developers to get hands on experience, information, and to grow their network. Apps World is a must not miss!

IGDA members can save 20% on registration. Click here for information (requires log in).

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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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Take This co-founder to speak at IGDA Leadership Summit
Take This co-founder Russ Pitts will take part in a 60-minute lecture and discussion about depression and the workplace aimed at game developers at this fall's IGDA Leadership Summit. The presentation, "Depression-Proof Studio Culture: A How-To for Mental Wellness" is aimed at studio leaders and executives. The point of the presentation is to highlight the fact that the rough and tumble atmosphere of development studio culture can often exacerbate symptoms of mental illness — symptoms that many leaders and/or employers may not recognize.
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Will doctors soon be prescribing video games for mental health?
Developers of a new video game for your brain say theirs is more than just another get-smarter-quick scheme. Akili, a Northern California startup, insists on taking the game through a full battery of clinical trials so it can get approval from the Food and Drug Administration — a process that will take lots of money and several years. So why would a game designer go to all that trouble when there's already a robust market of consumers ready to buy games that claim to make you smarter and improve your memory?
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Germany's Gamescom draws 345,000 visitors to one of world's largest video game trade shows
Gamescom keeps getting bigger. The massive game fan trade show drew more than 345,000 visitors to Cologne, Germany, this year. That’s a good indication that the game industry is in a healthy state, as the event is one of the largest industry shows in the world.
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Ford challenges game developers to revamp journey planning and urban travel
@ Ford Online
Ford Motor Company announced during Gamescom a competition that challenges video game developers to create solutions for global mobility issues. The Ford Smart Mobility Game Challenge, developed with Cologne Game Lab, encourages developers to turn the challenge of integrating different transport modes within a city into fun and engaging online games.
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Evil Geniuses win The International Dota 2 title
USA Today
For the first time ever, a North American team has captured one of eSports' most lucrative prizes. Evil Geniuses won The International Dota 2 Championships in Seattle on Aug. 8 over Chinese team CDEC 3-1 in a best-of-five series, capturing the tournament's top prize of $6.6 million. CDEC takes home second place and $2.8 million.
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The uncomfortable truth about TIME's virtual reality cover
The Washington Post
If you really want to anger a techie today, bring up TIME’s latest cover story on virtual reality. You would think technology enthusiasts would be happy to see virtual reality given a prime spot on the cover of one of America's most respected news magazines. But then you may see the cover, which features Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey in what could only be described as sort of a (very unflattering) flying squats. The photo is so awkward that it's spawned a whole slew of doctored pictures trying to explain that odd position, showing Luckey doing everything from riding dinosaurs to surfing.
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