About the IGDA
Membership and Benefits
A: The main benefit of membership is the opportunity to develop your career and personally contribute to the betterment of the game development industry by supporting the IGDA’s mission. The tangible benefits include discounts and special offers on industry events, books, products, and services. Be sure to explore the list of member discounts. Members also receive a digital membership card, which can be used as verification for industry affiliation.
A: Membership is open to anyone of any age who is interested in game development. However, many benefits of membership are age restricted. Industry events often restrict access to minors, so member discounts for these events will not apply. IGDA chapters may also hold events in venues with age restrictions.
A: Please use the Contact[Contact] form to submit your recommendation. We welcome suggestions and are always working to arrange new benefits for our membership.
A: Physical membership cards are no longer available. A digital membership card can be printed out at any time from your member profile by following these steps:
- Log into your account[Login].
- From your Profile, go to Payments & History on the left side tabs.
- On the Payments & History window, select the Membership tab.
- On the Membership tab, you will see the option to View/Print My Membership Card
A: The IGDA is recognized by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as the sole peer organization for game developers. As a member benefit, we can provide members with an advisory letter for O-1 and H1-B visas for employment in the United States. Once you have an offer of employment from a US company, the company’s immigration lawyers will typically contact the IGDA to begin this process.
A: There are many ways you can get involved with the organization. First and foremost, you can join[Membership] and take advantage of our member benefits. If you’d like to help as a volunteer, visit our Chapters[Chapters] section to discover chapters in your area, or visit the Special Interest Groups[Special Interest Groups] section to locate and get involved with SIGs in your field. Also, IGDA HQ often has tasks that require volunteer support. Watch IGDA.org to find out about potential opportunities.
A: Anyone interested in game development is welcome to attend an IGDA chapter meeting. Membership is encouraged but not required. Note that some chapters may hold events in venues with age restrictions, and some chapters may host occasional meetings for members only or may charge a nominal fee for nonmembers. Please contact your chapter for details.
A: Student chapters serve students and faculty at a specific school, college, or university. Professional chapters serve all individuals—from student to professional, indie to AAA— interested in game development in a specific geographical region.
A: An IGDA special interest group (SIG) is a group that is focused on a particular discipline within the game industry or on a particular identity or affinity. While chapters are the main focus in specific locales, the SIGs are the main focus across jobs and identities. Our discipline-focused SIGs include production, writing, localization, QA, and more. Our affinity-focused SIGs include Women in Games, LGBTQ+, Blacks in Gaming, Jewish Game Developers, and more.
A: Visit the Start a Chapter or SIG page for information on starting a professional or academic chapter or a SIG.
A: Feedback regarding your local chapter or a SIG should be directed to the leadership of that chapter or SIG or to IGDA HQ. Contact chapters [at] igda [dot] org for chapter feedback or sigs [at] igda [dot] org for SIGs. If you wish to submit feedback anonymously, please use the Contact form.
General Industry Information
A: Please visit the Developer Satisfaction Survey page for more information about this research and to access all the published reports.
A: Beyond the information collected in our Developer Satisfaction Survey, you might want to consult some of the following resources:
- DFC Intelligence
- Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR)
- ESA Industry Facts
- Forrester Research
- IHS Technology
- International Development Group
- Jon Peddie Research
- Juniper Research
- The Magic Box Game Charts
- NPD Group
- Research and Markets
- Strategy Analytics
A: Beyond the information collected in our Developer Satisfaction Survey[Developer Satisfaction Survey], check out the 2014 Gamasutra Salary Survey for a comprehensive breakdown by job type.
A:Unfortunately, no one source has a comprehensive listing of game companies worldwide. The gamedevmap database is one good place to start.
If you’re looking for companies in a specific region, you’re likely to have success by contacting the local industry trade association, such as the ESA in the US, TIGA and Ukie in the UK, or game – the German Games Industry Association in Germany.
Getting Started in the Industry
A: The IGDA isn’t a game development company, and while we maintain a small operational staff, we rarely have job openings. We do not have any openings at this time.
You may wish to see if there is an IGDA chapter in your area in order to get involved in your local developer community. You may find opportunities in your own backyard!
A: There are many paths into the game industry—it depends a lot on where you are, what you want to do, and your ability to network effectively.
Instead of relying on any one resource for guidance, the IGDA suggests researching widely. Here are some places to start:
- Bob Edwards, Breaking into the Video Game Industry: A AAA Perspective (Gamasutra blog post)
- Cassie Gotto, Exploring different career paths in the gaming industry (VentureBeat article)
The best advice we can give you for starters is to a) figure out what area of game development interests you the most, b) research the skills required to achieve that type of job, and c) take every possible opportunity to work on games, even creating them yourself.
A: As a nonprofit professional association, the IGDA is not positioned to act as a source of funding for your idea, and our staff do not have the time to act as a business-to-business connector. We strongly encourage you to get involved in the IGDA community, and through that interaction, you may find the help you’re seeking.
A: As a nonprofit professional association, the IGDA is not positioned to act as a source of funding for your idea/project/event. If you are crowdfunding your game or project on Kickstarter, approved projects can be added to our branded IGDA page. This opportunity is a free member benefit for projects created by IGDA members.
A: As a nonprofit professional association, the IGDA is not positioned to act as a marketing agent or social media manager for your project/event. Consider connecting with the IGDA Marketing special interest group to see if someone may be available to help you with marketing.
The IGDA does have a handful of opportunities to highlight a game and/or company:
- Crowdfunding your project on Kickstarter? Approved projects can be added to our branded IGDA pages. This opportunity is a FREE member benefit for projects created by IGDA members.
- IGDA Studio Affiliates can publish promotional copy in the IGDA’s weekly email newsletter for FREE.
- Ad space in the IGDA’s weekly email newsletter is available for purchase.
- Dedicated email blasts can be purchased for delivery to IGDA members who have opted to receive them.
A: As a nonprofit professional association, the IGDA is not positioned to act as an arbitrator, legal agent, or policy enforcement body for consumer-facing games run by private companies. If you are being harassed, we recommend you first contact the company and address the issue with them directly. We also suggest reviewing the IGDA’s Online Harassment Resource for additional options you may wish to pursue to resolve your situation.