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The call for nominations for the IGDA Board of Directors is about to end!. 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.
Check out our more recent interview with Judy Tryer! Judy talks about working in studios like Ubisoft’s Red Storm, Sony Entertainment, then becoming CEO of a new studio! She also talks about how IGDA helped her get her first job in the industry! Check out the interview here.
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.
Take a look at all our member benefits: https://www.igda.org/?benefits
I recently had the chance to talk to one of our members about his current camping happening now! Read all about it and his advice when preparing your own campaign!
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.
The Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY is hiring a professor! Check here 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 Dec. 6!
Their hope is to be the biggest developer survey yet! The responses will be provided back to give insight and information to the industry.
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.
To view all upcoming IGDA and IGDA Partner events, click here.
- GDC (14-18 March 2016, San Francisco, US): Members save $75
- CVA’S (6 December, TO, CA) Save 15%
- Indie Cup (10 December, San Francisco, US)
- Vision Summit 2016 (10-11 February 2016, California, US): IGDA Members save 50%
- 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%
- DICE (16-20 February 2016, Las Vegas, US)
As the third largest developer of videogames in the world, this show celebrates Canada’s spot on the world stage as a leader in interactive entertainment. The Canadian Videogame Awards have always been designed to be "by the industry and for the industry" with an interest in engaging public and fan participation.
The CVAs are co-founded by Reboot Communications and EP Media, produced by Reboot Communications and Swaf Media, and officially endorsed by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, Interactive Ontario and DigiBC. The producers are joined by a national advisory board of developers and leaders in the Canadian digital entertainment industry.
Check out the finalists for all categories here:
The contenders for game of the year are:
Alto’s Adventure (Snowman)
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Ubisoft Quebec)
Bruce Lee: Enter the Game (Hibernum Creations)
Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montréal)
Invisible, Inc. (Klei Entertainment)
Lara Croft GO (Square Enix Montreal)
Super Mega Baseball (Metalhead Software)
Runbow (13AM Games)
Good luck to everyone!
For the first year the CVA's are pleased to announce the addition of CVA FanFest, a weekend celebration of video games. Fans will have the opportunity to try out games that will be released prior to the holiday season and meet their creators in the new Fan Zone and Canadian Game Zone.
Get more information here: http://www.cvawards.ca/
Save 15 percent! Click here for information (requires log in).
Dec. 10 2015: Indie cup event 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
Interested in VR/AR? We've unveiled the first part of the Vision Summit Schedule! Highlights include talks on immersive cinema, room scale VR, Project Tango or Adventure Time in VR. Check out the partial schedule - http://bit.ly/1MVtKq1
Hollywood veteran Alex McDowell announced as a keynote speaker for Vision Summit 2016. Learn more- http://bit.ly/1l5YPyh
Vision Summit 2016 is a multi-disciplinary VR/AR event hosted in Hollywood, CA, USA on Feb. 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.E
- 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 percent 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: http://bit.ly/1Y4tcTs.
The international Mobile Gaming Awards opened their call for entries! Submission is 100 percent 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 heros of the gaming industry. This year, 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 Interactive/Transmedia Storytelling You can find further information here: www.berlingamesforum.de.
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 influence 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.
URL for the game submission: http://www.imgawards.com/developers/submit-your-game/
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With the amalgamation of peerless speakers of Multimedia-2015 OMICS International is privileged to announce its 2nd event which will be held during Aug. 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: http://multimedia.global-summit.com/.
Mobile Growth LATAM starts today!
Frecuencia Latinoamérica & Mobile Growth Fellowship join forces to introduce Mobile Growth LATAM in Miami 11-13 Nov. 2015, with keynotes from Google and Twitter. This 2-day, non-vendor conference will help you connect with mobile growth professionals from Latin America and the Hispanic US.
Speakers confirmed include Vanessa Rosas, Innovation & Business Development TIM Director, Televisa; Perla Salcedo, CEO, Innovattia; Scott Bauer, Director of user Acquisition, GSN; Deniz Gezgin, Studio Lead, Funplus; Ethan Smith, VP of Growth, Yummy and Ali Jamal, Director of Product - Strategy and Insights, Rockyou.
Attendees will be able to connect with Latin American leaders from leading game and app developers, studios, brands, operators, media agencies and app marketing platforms among many others. Join the 2-day conference and learn about content & app monetization and the massive opportunities available in the LATAM space.
Check here for more information: https://events.bizzabo.com/MobileGrowthLATAM15
IGDA Members get 15 percent 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 professional attending. 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 o the first day you can register for a free visitor pass which allow you access into the exhibition and 5 Free conferences. See the agenda here: http://europe.apps-world.net/agenda/day-1f/
Register for a free exhibition and developer track pass here.
Azkuna Zentroa (Bilbao, Spain) has set up the 6th edition of the AzPlay 26 Nov. 2016-1 Dec. 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 the http://goo.gl/forms/dZozhElZup prior to tonight, 30th September. The finalists chosen will be published on 31st October. Consult the rules here 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 (UK) 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!
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.
If you’ve involved yourself in a conversation about video games within the last few years, chances are you have come across the sentiment that the game industry has begun running out of ideas. People point to the highly iterative nature of what have become the annual tentpole franchises, using the similarity of those blockbuster games and their imitators as evidence of industry-wide stagnation. However, that concept is misguided. With the transparency of modern game development, the democratization of development tools, and the digital distribution revolution, the game industry has never been a more diverse place
It's no secret that women are getting more involved in video games than ever before, helping to provide vital new ideas and perspectives to an industry that has been accused of growing stale and repetitious. And while some of these women are rightly celebrated, a lot of those who came before them have been forgotten.
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