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IGDA NYC Game Dev Digest – August 2023

New York – New York City

| 6 Aug 2023

Your monthly guide to NYC game dev news, jobs, and events.

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Friday, August 4th, 2023
Editor: Mattia Sicuro
A monthly publication of the International Game Developers Association New York City Chapter for the NYC game community.
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In this issue:

What’s on | Highlights of upcoming events.

Chapter Events | Meetups, talks, and other events we’re hosting.

#NYMakesGames News | Game launches and other updates from local creators.

Around Town | A community calendar of events from across the city.

Jobs & Opportunities | The latest posts from our notice boards.

IGDA Resources | Discounts and other benefits for IGDA members.

Chapter Resources | Where to go for more info.

What’s On This Month

  • The NYC Summer of Games is live through September! Check out the full lineup for this summer on the NYC Digital Games page

  • Play NYC is back live and in-person at the Metropolitan Pavilion on August 5th-6th!

On the Horizon

News and updates from the mothership.

  • The IGDA Game Showcase highlights upcoming projects from IGDA members and partners. These projects are promoted within the IGDA Insider as well as on the IGDA website to help them reach thousands of game developers. Visit here to submit yours!

  • Pathfindings 2023 – Speaker Submissions – The IGDA is looking for people from the global south interested in speaking at our upcoming Pathfindings Conference!

  • If you still haven’t completed the 2023 Developer Satisfaction Survey, it’s not too late! All individuals from the game industry are encouraged to participate in the survey – it’s available in 7 languages. Your work, your experiences, & your voices matter. Take the survey here



Monday Afternoon Co-Working on Discord

IGDA NYC Discord

Every Monday, 1pm – 4pm

Come join us at our new regular co-working hours on our Discord channel!

We’ll be working camera optional/mic off on the Events Voice Channel. But our new Lounge Channel will be right next door for anyone who wants to show off what they’re working on, ask some questions, or just hang out.

Join the Discord!

Taco Tuesday with Coexist!

*RSVP Required*
Coexist Gamehouse

Tue, August 22nd @ 6:30pm

Join us at the Coexist Gamehouse for a casual social with Tacos, games, drinks and music!

RSVP here required for free entry!

NY Makes Games!

Celebrating work by the NYC game dev community.

Share your NY game news here or tweet #NYMakesGames.
Section Editor: Mattia Sicuro

Making Waves


  • Enclave: A Tableless Roleplaying Game is a diceless and mechanically deep RPG promoting storytelling, teamwork, and creativity. Coming soon to Kickstarter!

  • Bouquets is a 1-4 player strategic puzzle game featuring colorful & dynamic pattern creation to test your visual perception!

  • KindFolx is a Real Time Combat meets Deckbuilding game in a Monster Civil War! Can you and the Adventurers Guild defeat the evil at the heart of the city?


  • Ouros by Michael Kamm is a calming puzzle game about forming beautiful curves in a serene environment.

  • Pocket Oasis by knit’n’purl game studio is a hand painted gardening game where you decorate balconies in cities around the globe, plant and harvest your own fruit.

  • Increment by Mark Pil is a short, experimental, thought-provoking incremental adventure inspired by the classic gameplay of clicker and idle games.

Early Access/Beta

  • Derail Valley by Altfuture – Drive massive trains and build your career in a vast open railway network

  • ChipWits is a game for all ages about coding friendly robots with an icon-based language. It features competition, puzzles, engaging stories, and tinkering for fun.


  • Speglar by Dexterminator is a top-down, 4-player, laser ricocheting cocktail table arcade game. Playable cabinet also located at BrookLAN!

  • Super Space Club by GrahamOfLegend is a lo-fi arcade space shooter to chill to. Defend a vibrant galaxy as a club of misfit heroes and battle endless waves of spacecrafts to the tune of atmospheric beats.

  • Cantata by Afterschool Studio takes you to a far off planet filled with vibrant colours, striking characters and a unique soundtrack that seems to echo through the galaxy. Available August 15th!

Ongoing Initiatives

  • Applications to join GUMBO are open! GUMBO is a non-profit collective of indie game creators located in Dumbo, Brooklyn formed to inspire and motivate each other, stay current in the indie game makers community, and expand an already amazing skill-sharing network.

  • In support of Wonderville, consider becoming a member of Death By Audio Arcade to earn discounts on event tickets, help the team raise funds to build new arcade cabinets and make other cool things happen with local game devs!

  • ANNY Exchange is a Talent Connect Initiative for Animation Nights New York. Want to participate and be added to the database of Animation Talent from all around the world? More info here

  • Animation Nights New York (ANNY) is always accepting submissions for Animated Short Films, AR Animation Experiences, VR animation Experiences, and Interactive Media (including Video Games). More info here

  • Coexist Gaming is a subscription-based gaming lifestyle company that provides an inclusive ecosystem for community, culture, connection and opportunity. Including a gaming lounge, optimized networking experiences and accessible resources for Devs, find out more and become a member here!
  • Women in Games NYC has begun hosting monthly meetups! Keep an eye on their meetup page for all upcoming details as space is limited

Explore #NYMakesGames on Twitter
Around Town

Happenings in the NYC game dev community and beyond.

Unless otherwise noted, events are (probably!) free to attend. Follow @GameDevNYC for event alerts. Contact nyc@igda.org to add your org’s events.

Tuesday, August 1st

3rd Monthly Nidhogg 2 Open Tournament at Wonderville – Join hosts Ivy Davis & Mel Melendez at this FREE Nidhogg 2 tournament at Wonderville! Beginners welcome!


Wednesday, August 2nd

Jackson Heights Board Game Night – Enjoy tasty dinner options, cocktails, local craft beers, and a large selection of wines at The Queensboro while playing some new and classic board games with the Shenanigans Crew.

NYC Indie Games Social – The NYC Indie Games social is a monthly gathering for indie game devs of all stripes to mix and mingle in a casual, relaxed setting.


Saturday, August 5th

Play NYC – NYCs biggest game convention will once again feature playable games from studios large and small, and from creators old and new at the Metropolitan Pavilion!


Sunday, August 6th

Virtual Sundays with Hacker Hours – Free office hours for coding help—any programming language, all levels of experience!


Friday, August 11th

Long Island Retro Gaming Expo – Held annually at The Cradle of Aviation, LI Retro houses over three levels of arcades, hundreds of console and PC gaming events, exclusive exhibits, engaging panels, curated vendors, live performances, and more


Tuesday, August 15th

Animation Nights New York Monthly In-Person Screening – ANNY is a monthly curated screening of Animated Short films from all around the world.

Bring Your Own Animation with NYC ACM SIGGRAPH – Bring Your Own Animation is not limited to animated shorts! VFX work, motion graphics, showreels, wireframes/animatics/works-in-progress, even game or VR demos are welcome.


Wednesday, August 16th

Long Island Game Dev Virtual Get Together – This is a great opportunity to network with game developers on Long Island, share your work, and talk about all the challenges of Game Dev


Thursday, August 17th

Monthly Thursdays with Hacker Hours – Free office hours for coding help—any programming language, all levels of experience!


Friday, August 18th

Brooklyn Experimental & Electronic Music Meetup August Showcase – Join Wonderville’s electronic music community for their August showcase featuring an eclectic mix of New York City’s artists


Saturday, August 19th

CUNY Esports Valorant Competition – Harlem Gallery of Science and the City College of New York are hosting the Valorant Competition among four CUNY Colleges – Baruch College, Brooklyn College, CCNY, and Hostos Community College

Comix Library at Wonderville – Stop by for first and second series volumes, full graphic novels, local artists, and one-off comics on-site to explore!


Sunday, August 20th

CCNY Come Out and Play Festival – The Digital Game Design Program at City College will host activities and games for families with children and adults playing together, teens and adults playing alone.

ANNY Virtual Screening: Going Deeper – A mixer and presentation of animated short films and virtual reality animation experiences from all around the world!


Tuesday, August 22nd

Taco Tuesday with Coexist – Join Coexist for a casual social with Tacos, games, drinks and music!


Wednesday, August 23rd

GUMBO Board Game and Tabletop Playtest Night – The NYC Indie Games social is a monthly gathering for indie game devs of all stripes to mix and mingle in a casual, relaxed setting.

Recurring Weekly





View NYC Game Dev Calendar
Jobs and Opportunities

Recent jobs, internships, scholarships, grants, exhibitions, and other opportunities.

View or submit a listing for free.



  • Wonderville is accepting submissions of Pico-8 games to showcase on their custom 2P cabinet for Fall 2023! This residency runs from September 1st – December 1st, submit here! [Deadline August 25th]

  • The Indie Arcade at MAGFest has opened submissions for independently-made arcade cabinets, alt-control games, and physical game installations! Read the FAQ for submission info here. [Deadline August 31st]

  • Brooklyn Arts Council’s Arts in Education invites dynamic, experienced and creative Teaching Artists for after-school and in-school residencies in New York City public and private schools, Kindergarten through high school. Find more info and apply here!


  • If you’re interested in helping make Black In Gaming a supportive and inclusive community for black game creators to thrive, consider joining the Community Team to help drive online engagement and initiatives!

View Jobs & Opportunities Board (Currently under construction)

Benefits for IGDA members.

Join here. Log in for all member discount codes and details.

  • Event discounts: IGDA Members save 10% on tickets to GI Live: Online – visit the Discounts page for details!

  • Education discounts: 10% off all General Assembly classes and workshops. Browse NYC classes.

  • Software discounts: 20% off Buildbox. Details.

  • IGDA Career Center: Job listings open to all; early access for members. Careers.igda.org

  • IGDA Crowdfunding Collection: Member projects featured on Kickstarter. Submit.

Browse IGDA member benefits
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