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We are thrilled to announce the IGDA Leadership Summit is on for next year! Thanks to everyone for the incredibly positive feedback on our event, which focused on diversity and inclusion! Keep watching for news on dates and locations as we start to firm up exciting details. And hey, want to send suggestions from anything to dates, content, speakers? We love hearing from you guys! Contact email@example.com.
Check out pics and coverage on our "That's a Wrap" page.
An integral part of the summit this year was the support from Keith Fuller, who is one of the most inspiring and knowledgeable employee engagement consultants in the industry. He gave an incredible 3-hour workshop at the LS and will also be presenting at the Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS), which is quickly approaching. He was also a natural choice for our second interview. Read all about Keith here.
Upcoming interview: Allison Stroll, a senior PM at Microsoft Core graphics. Allison has experienced the industry boom and bust, shift from arcade to console, become a "real" entertainment source as Hollywood took
notice, shift from PC gaming to console gaming and back to PC again. Get ready for an deeply insightful account of her experience in the industry!
Join the interview series!
If you would like to send a proposal on a subject you would like to hear about, be interviewed yourself, or nominate someone we’d love to hear from you! Send thoughts to: Jillian@IGDA.org.
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Many offices will be celebrating this Halloween with office costume parties and we’d love to see your office parties and costumes! Send pics to jillian@IGDA.org and we will share some of them next week! Pumpkin carving contents? We will take those too! Have a fun day, everyone!
Celebrating our 15th year in 2016, the IGDA Scholarships Committee is delighted to announce that applications for the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in 2016 are officially open. The IGDA Scholarships Program is open to all students and recent graduates studying to receive degrees in or related to game development including, but not limited to, business, game design, legal, audio production, art production, and programming from Bachelor's degrees to PhD candidates.
GDC will take place 14-18 March 2016 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, USA. The world's largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event features over 400 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts. Awarded to the best and brightest students in game development disciplines, the IGDA Scholars program organizes for its recipients an unforgettable experience including an all-access pass, industry mentorship, Q&A sessions with industry veterans, and local studio tours. Applications are due 15 December 2015.
Apply to be a scholar at GDC 2016 now by visiting http://scholars.igda.org.
Also, check out our latest video for the IGDA Scholarships program and share with a talented, game dev student you know!
There are a ton of cool events worldwide in our fantastic industry, and IGDA is the place to give you details for events and get you discounts!! Keep checking out our weekly newsletter and events page on site but watch our social media for event highlights as well! Think of us as your ambassadors for finding what to attend and getting you there more easily. Throwing an event we don’t know about? Tell us, we also make for great media sponsors and promoters!
Contact Staff@Igda.org for more info.
- Game Connection Europe (28-30 October, Paris, FR)
- BIME 2015 (28-31 October, Bilbao, ES): IGDA members save 25%
- GameSoundCon (3-4 November, Los Angeles, US): IGDA members save US$50
- Mobile Growth LATAM (11-13 November, Miami, US): IGDA members save 15%
- Berlin Games Forum (12-13 November, Berlin, DE)
- Montreal International Game Summit (15-17 November, Montreal, CA: IGDA members save 30%
- Apps World (18-19 November, London, UK): IGDA members save 20%
- Gameacon (20-22 November, Atlantic City, US): IGDA members save on registration, exhibitor space, sponsorship
- AzPlay (26 November-1 December, Bilbao, ES): IGDA members save on registration, exhibitor space, sponsorship
- Pocket Gamer Connects London (18-19 January 2016, London, UK)
- E-GameShow (2-5 June 2016, Ankara, Turkey): IGDA members save 10%
Click here for discount information (requires log in).
To view all upcoming IGDA and IGDA Partner events, click here.
Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS) 2015
MIGS is approaching fast in Montreal Canada, 15-17th November
MIGS is the largest conference for video game professionals on the East
Coast of North America. Every year, more than 2500 game professionals
from over 20 countries gather at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal
MIGS 2015 presents:
Target key players of the industry and sign contract with international
buyers such as Glu Mobile, China Mobile, Devolver, Click Jogos, Tencent,
Nintendo, Rovio, Chillingo, Microsoft...and dozens more!
- MIGS EXPERTS: more than 60 sessions and Master Classes from
world-renowned speakers on a wide array of topics from AAA game
productions to Independent games. All platforms are tackled.
-Sessions for digital gaming and independent developers.
-Master classes for skill building and to learn from the best given by
Mike Acton, Warren Spector, Keith Guerrette
- MIGS GAMES: An Expo Zone to meet with exhibitors from all around the
world and showcase products and companies.
-Meet Epic Games, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Microsoft, Eidos, Ludia,
Playtika, Autodesk, Unity, WB Games and so many more!
- MIGS NETWORK: a Business Lounge with 300+ top execs, publishers,
distributors and investors to discuss business opportunities in the ever
changing game market.
On top of that, many activities are planned to facilitate networking and
to further enjoy the MIGS experience: the Official Party, VIP cocktail,
Espresso Jobs' Recruitment Zone, Pocket Gamer's Big Indie Pitch, MIGS
ART concept art contest and many more to be announced.
Special deal for IGDA members: get a 30% discount on MIGS15's prices
Click here for information (requires log in).
The International Mobile Gaming Awards has just opened the floodgates and is inviting all talented developers to submit their games to their jury of industry experts. Submission is 100% free for developers and won't take you more than 3 clicks! Everyone is invited to submit a game: students, artists, leading publishers, Indies as well as big and small studios from all continents!
The IMGA jury will meet in January in France. They will play and look carefully at every game submitted during the judging sessions. That is a chance for you to show your art to influential journalists, publishers and industry experts.
Considered games must have been released in 2015, or be unpublished in a playable condition. The deadline for entries is 31 December 2015, and entrants have until then to submit their games on the official IMGA website.
Click here for the URL for the game submission.
We are also on Twitter and Facebook:
The call for entries is now open! Submission is 100% free, takes just a few minutes for developers to participate, and it can help them to promote games!
Check out the press release for more details.
The next Berlin Games Forum (BGF) presented by WebMagazin will take place from 12 – 13 November 2015 in Berlin. The Berlin Games Forum 2015 features high-profile lectures from the heroes of the gaming industry.
the BGF handles actual developments, trends and challenges on Game Design, Ad Tech, Women in Tech, Game Concepting and Industry Perspectives, focusing especially on Future Markets, Mobile Trends, Easy Game
Development, Internet of Things, Gamification, Cross-Platform Gaming and
You can find further information here: www.berlingamesforum.de.
Frecuencia Latinoamérica & Mobile Growth Fellowship join forces to introduce Mobile Growth LATAM in Miami 11-13th November 2015. This 2-day, non-vendor conference will help you connect with mobile growth professionals from Latin America and the Hispanic US. Learn about the huge opportunities, markets, and trends which lie within the LATAM mobile space in user acquisition, retention, distribution and monetization of mobile content, apps, stores and mobile entertainment services. Network with Latin American innovators from leading game and app developers, studios, brands, operators, media agencies and app and app developers, studios, brands, operators, media agencies and app marketing platforms, among many others.
Check here for more information.
IGDA Members get 15% off! Click here for information (requires log in).
Apps World is a multi-platform event including two packed days of engagement, high level insight, discussion and fun around the growing industry that is Apps, with thousands and thousands of developers, mobile marketers, brands, mobile operators, platform owners and industry professionals attending. For more information, click here.
If you just want to pop down to the event to listen to some presentations or get involved in the 'big' meet up at the end of the first day you can register for a free visitor pass which allows you access into the exhibition and 5 Free conferences. See the agenda here.
Register for a free exhibition and developer track pass here.
Azkuna Zentroa (Bilbao, Spain) has set up the 6th edition of the AzPlay 26 November-1 December 2015.
AzPlay (previously hóPLAY) has become consolidated as an international reference for the promotion of new works, and has granted awards every year to the most original, most creative and innovative independent videogames at the time. Over 350 projects from the 5 continents have been received in these 5 years and over 150,000 euros in awards have been given out.
AzPlay has established 5 awards of 5,000 euros for the following categories: best original idea, best creative design, best sound – music, best playability and best Basque videogame.
Those people wishing to present their projects must enroll using the form enabled on this form prior to tonight, 30th September. The finalists chosen will be published on 31st October. Consult the rules here, as there is still a little time.
E-gameshow is focused on gathering developers, publishers, training providers, professionals, amateurs, enthusiasts, animation companies, game developing associations, etc. interested in the game industry. E-gameshow offers four days of contribution to the advancement of the games industry through collaboration, sharing of best experiences and practices, networking, educational programs. It’s a great place to meet fellow developers, learn new techniques and share what you’re working on.
Ankara is a center of game developers of Turkey. There are 5 technopolicies in Ankara and each of them has game developing companies. Moreover, the majority of game developers from home are also located in Ankara. At the same time Ankara is recognized as a city of Universities with various game clubs and gaming communities. Please visit www.e-gameshow.com for more information and to register!
Participation fees for exhibitors are available here.
Please note that IGDA members will benefit from additional 10% discount. Click here for information (requires log in).
Pocket Gamer Connects is the conference series that reaches the heart of the mobile gaming industry. Curated by the team responsible for the world's leading mobile gaming publications (Pocket Gamer, PG.Biz, AppSpy, etc), it's the essential event for anyone wanting to meet, hear, and learn from the leading figures from every corner of the mobile games industry.
Over 3,500 people have so far attended the Pocket Gamer Connects conferences in the last 18 months and have loved the unique access to the biggest names in the sector, the brilliant networking opportunities, and sharply honed content on show in our unique format.
Join Pocket Gamer for their 2nd installment of their hugely successful London edition on 18-19 January 2016, info at http://www.pgconnects.com/london/. Two days jam packed with the freshest innovations, trends, tips from industry leaders, Indies, Investors, top tier speakers and much much more! Last call to join as a speaker and last chance to snag yourself a Super Early Bird Ticket!
The Flagship event in the Apps World series returns to the ExCeL, London (UK) on 18-20 November 2016. With 11 incredible developer focussed conferences across the 2 days encompassing everything Apps, Apps World cannot be missed! We've got some massive names in Tech including Keynotes from Martha Lane Fox Co-Founder of Lastminute.com, Babak Parviz the creator Google Glass, and much more. Have a look at some of our great session in our online agenda. You can grab a FREE Expo Pass to enjoy 7 fantastic conferences & visit huge brands and cutting edge developers in the exhibition hall here. This year Apps World includes 4 exclusive Conferences; Mobile Strategy & Marketing, Mobile Payments & Retail, Smart Homes, & HTML5 & Mobile Web.
Get a massive 25% Discount! Click here for discount information (requires log in) and check out specialist sessions and expert industry insight here.
As part of your membership of IGDA, we have secured a special deal for your attendance to Game Connection Europe 2015 (28-30th October)!
Game Connection Europe brings 2700+ senior decision makers from the video games industry together every year to find new partners and sign deals. Over 80% of Game Connection attendees say they have signed deals at, or thanks to, Game Connection.
If you select the Business Pass, Exhibitor Table, or the Premium Exhibitor Booth, a web banner on the meeting application will be included, which is a €400 value. With this addition, your company will be positioned for the publishers and distributors to see when they arrange their meetings for the event.
For more information on Game Connection and to purchase your ticket, click here.
Once registered, email firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know that you have purchased one of the passes listed above and Game Connection will be in touch to arrange your free banner.
If you have any questions about the event contact one of the Game Connection staff listed below:
Based in America?
Email Rasmus on email@example.com or call +33 472 444 420
Based in Europe or the UK?
Email Roufina on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +33 6 84 21 58 54
Based in Asia?
Email Yawen on email@example.com
Fueled with information from our annual DSS (Developer Satisfaction Survey), IGDA's Kate Edwards shares information on crunch time in studios, one of the biggest concerns of developers shown in the survey. Check out the article and DSS results below!
Check out the details of her talk: http://bit.ly/1ZXjrIG
Survey results: http://bit.ly/1NfZ9mM
There is another amazing survey we support to help highlight key things in our industry. Developer Economics is the largest, most global developer research program today. Now reaching 13,000+ developers in over 140 countries, VisionMobile's Developer Economics is the de-facto leader in tracking developer trends.
Currently in its 10th edition, the research program tracks developer sentiment across platforms, revenues, apps, tools, APIs, segments, business models, and regions. Metrics include monetization for mobile and cloud, IoT popularity, desktop app positioning, and much more. VisionMobile invites you to participate in its latest 15-minute survey. Participants that do so will receive special prize offerings for an iPhone 6s, Amazon Voucher, and other neat prizes developers have asked us for. Survey respondents will also receive access to interactive graphs that help compare themselves with other devs from their country – or their country with other countries from the developer landscape. As always, the key findings will be released as a free report for the entire developer community. Click here to participate.
Are you or your studio currently hiring and want to expand your search? Start posting your job in the IGDA newsletter! Expand your job search immediately to reach 30,000 people for a broader range to find your next perfect team member!
Contact jillian@IGDA.org to discuss details
If you haven’t checked out the Developer Satisfaction Survey we released this month so definitely check out! It’s filled with valuable and up to date information and talks about:
We’d also love to hear your feedback and reaction to any of the information or what you’d like researched in future surveys.
- Crunch time, salaries for employees and freelancers
- How are current games being distributed? What genres and prevalent
- Top companies to work for are listed voted by gamers
Read it here: http://bit.ly/2015IGDADSSReport (PDF)
Send comments here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Huffington Post
South by Southwest has pulled the plug on two panels meant to address the horrifying and ongoing issue of harassment found within the video game community, often targeted towards women. The arts and interactive media festival, held annually in Austin, had announced the twin panels — titled "SavePoint: A Discussion on the Gaming Community" and "Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games" — just last week. But organizers say SXSW has already suffered from "numerous threats of on-site violence related to this programming."
Copenhagen-based BetaDwarf employs 18 people. The team had an inkling something was afoot, when their normally effervescent leader emerged with a long face, to hold their daily morning scrum. Kabbelgaard told them he needed to share some bad news about the company's financial situation. He said he wanted to try and find a way forward.
The cash situation didn't take long to explain. BetaDwarf was out of money. The coffers were empty. Their game — Forced: Eternal Arenas — was months away from completion.
Dean Takahashi writes, "Perhaps the most unusual game company I met while in Israel was MyTona, a studio founded by twin brothers who grew up in one of the coldest regions of the world in Russia’s Siberia. MyTona has more than 100 employees in Yakutsk, and it published a hit game The Secret Society: Hidden Mystery, via Swedish game publisher G5. The game has been downloaded more than 30 million times since 2012."
Twitch's long-awaited dedicated viewing app for PlayStation 4 is now available to download via the PlayStation Store in North America.
The free app, which weighs in at just 54 MB, was announced at TwitchCon in September. Twitch confirmed at its first dedicated convention that the Twitch viewing app will also come to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, though those versions are not currently listed in the PlayStation Store.
At least some of the people who lined up at GameStop locations Oct. 26 to buy the new Halo game the moment it came out were younger than Halo itself. Microsoft’s most popular gaming franchise turns 14 this year. And while the game released is called Halo 5, it is really the thirteenth version of Halo to have been published. Microsoft holds this as an example of the enduring appeal of the Halo story. It’s also a reminder of how much major game companies rely on seemingly endless versions of a few popular franchises.
This week at the 2015 IndieCade Awards, developer Sam Barlow’s Her Story earned the Grand Jury Award at the annual IndieCade 2015 award show. Game developer and Purple Moon co-founder Brenda Laurel also received a Trailblazer Award for her efforts to bring virtual reality game design and the presence of games made by women front and center.
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