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The call for nominations for the IGDA Board of Directors has begun. Anyone interested in running for the Board of Directors should download the IGDA Election Policies and Procedures Manual from the elections page. Nomination certificates are due by 23:59 PST (UTC-8) on 2 December 2015.
REMINDER: Any individual wishing to vote in these elections must be a voting eligible member by the close of nominations on 2 December 2015. Please note: student members are not eligible to vote.
You can find out more about this election on our 2016 elections page. General IGDA election information can be found here.
The IGDA Scholarships program is delighted to announce that 18 scholarship recipients to GDC will receive a travel reimbursement stipend courtesy of the IGDA Foundation's generous donors and recent fundraising efforts including being featured in the recent Steam Humble Jumbo Bundle. This stipend amount will be based on the university location where the student is based.
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
Learn more at the link! Applications due 15 December 2015!
Also, check out our latest video for the IGDA Scholarships program and
share with a talented, game dev student you know!
For non-students outside the US, there is an International Ambassador program people can apply to for GDC!
The International Ambassador program is a scholarship giving free passes to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, US, to people who are a part of the game industry or want to be a part of the game industry. In addition to the free pass, recipients will make connections with other scholarship members from all over the world! Enhance and expand your personal network in the global gaming industry. GDC San Francisco takes place 14-18 March 2016.
Learn more and apply now here.
The International Ambassadors Scholarship was created by a group of longtime volunteers of the Game Developers Conference who wanted to increase the amount of international attendance at the Game Developers Conference.
IGDA is proud to announce another partnership. We are supporting and planning a long term partnership with Take This Inc, an amazing non-profit charity focusing on mental health and the well being of our industry, including prevention.
Also, for those attending GDC they will be having a workshop and session there and we strongly recommend checking them out and learning how to take care of yourself, your co-workers, and your studio! But there are resources available anytime.
Read all about Take This as well as details on their GDC session here.
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.
The Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY is hiring a professor! Check here (PDF) for job details, requirements and how to apply for this great role.
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.
The Developer Economics survey has been extended until December 6th!
Already with 9,300 completed surveys so far, the hope is to be the biggest developer survey yet! The responses will be provided back to give insight and information to the 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.
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.
- 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
- Indie Cup (10 December, San Francisco, US)
- Pocket Gamer Connects London (18-19 January 2016, London, UK)
- Vision Summit 2016 (10-11 February 2016, California, US): IGDA Members save 50%
- DICE (16-20 February 2016, Las Vegas, US)
- GDC (14-18 March 2016, San Francisco, US): Members save $75
- E-GameShow (2-5 June 2016, Ankara, Turkey): IGDA members save 10%
- Multimedia & Applications Global Summit (15-16 August 2016, London, UK): IGDA members save 10%
Click here for discount information (requires log in).
To view all upcoming IGDA and IGDA Partner events, click here.
MIGS was this past week, reaching almost 2500 attendees! IGDA was
excited to partner with, speak at, and meet and greet Montreal IGDA
members and partners at the event! See you next year!
The D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit is an exclusive, high-level gathering of the brightest and most creative minds across many industries to discuss the trends and the future of the interactive entertainment industry. From Feb 16-18, 2016, speakers and attendees will explore the magical and sometimes elusive art of engagement. The 2016 D.I.C.E. Summit experience includes: NEW roundtable sessions, top industry speakers, an opening night party at Skyfall Lounge in Mandalay Bay, networking breaks and happy hours at the D.I.C.E. Arcade at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and Delano Hotel. You can find more information here.
The D.I.C.E. Awards are the most credible, respected and recognized awards for the interactive entertainment community with voting cast by 33,000+ members of the Academy. The 2016 D.I.C.E. Awards will take place on the evening of Feb. 18, 2016, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center followed by the D.I.C.E. Awards after-party at the House of Blues Foundation Room. You can find more information at www.interactive.org.
Indie Cup event this December in San Francisco!
We are loving all the indie events popping up and this one looks awesome (free tickets if you act soon!)
Whippering Indie Cup is a competition and celebration of independent gaming. Join us in San Francisco for a fun-filled two days full of quality PC, console, and VR independent games, kicking off 10th December!
For more info about Whippering Indie Cup, include the indie games that will be demoing and sponsors, check out the website here.
- Seven independent games present and demo onstage in a winner-takes-all competition for $10,000!
- 20 other independent PC, console, and VR studios demo their games throughout the day
- Open to gaming fans to play games, watch the competition, and talk gaming directly with devs
Vision Summit 2016 is your exclusive chance to spend two days with the brightest minds in VR/AR: cutting-edge artists, engineers, programmers, directors, and researchers.
Vision Summit 2016 is a multi-disciplinary VR/AR event hosted in Hollywood, CA, USA on February 10-11. Register now!
- Experience some of the best VR and AR productions to date including visualizations, games, films, and interactive stories at the inaugural Vision VR/AR Awards.
- Get deep insights into the latest AR and VR software and hardware from industry leaders Oculus, Sony, Vuforia, Valve, Unity, and more.
- Join a community of enthusiasts – chat, share, learn, and take the chance to team up with fellow attendees.
- Get your tickets right now, and save over 50% on the standard price with our time-limited Super Early Bird Deal!
You can also submit to the summit! This is the industry event that will showcase the very best VR and AR projects. If you're a VR/AR developer, it can be your name in lights at the year's most prestigious VR/AR awards.
Win, and you'll be recognized at the Vision Summit 2016 award show as the innovator that's bringing the virtual future to life. Plus, we'll spread the word through social media, on the Vision Summit website, and in the media.
Whatever platform you're targeting, and whatever middleware you build your content on, submit your VR/AR project now for a chance to win best game, best film/interactive story or best demo at the Vision Summit 2016 awards.
Submit your project here.
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.
With the amalgamation of peerless speakers of Multimedia-2015, OMICS International is privileged to announce its 2nd event, which will be held August 15-16, 2016 in London, UK, covering the history, technologies, and trends of multimedia and its applications catered to industry professionals and academic communities worldwide. They are gathering a distinguished editorial board and check the site for all details.
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.
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!
The Flagship event in the Apps World series returns to the ExCeL, London (UK) on 18-20 November 2016. With 11 incredible developer-focused 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 of 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.
Something notable has occurred: Predictably, traditionally male-fronted series are instead featuring women at the helm.
Major fall releases like Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Halo 5: Guardians, Fallout 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and more each allow players to select a female character. Even more exciting is that the women leading these AAA titles are defined not by their sexuality or appearance, but instead recognized for their intelligence, prowess and strength.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Last month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation scored a major victory for video game archiving, preservation and play — and received an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for some archival activities related to video games. The Librarian of Congress granted an exemption for the circumvention of authentication servers in order to render games playable, so long as the game content is stored on the player’s computer or console.
Desert Bus for Hope is an annual charity fundraiser with a somewhat odd name and an even odder plan to raise money: the people behind it stream themselves playing a video game mini-game that’s universally understood to be terrible for as long as people keep donating. As of this writing, they’ve already played 45 of a grand total of 138 hours this year. Like, in a row.
The Steam Machines PC gaming computers were pitched as a mighty alternative to Microsoft’s Windows when Valve announced them in January 2014. But when the company’s hardware partners announced their Steam Machines recently, only three of the original 14 vendors had products.
As part of Polygon’s 2015 holiday gift guide, we put together a flowchart of suggestions for anyone unsure of what games to buy (or ask for) this year. Check it out below, or click over here to see the rest of the gift guide covering books, memorabilia, peripherals and all other sorts of game-related stuff.
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