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IGDA NYC Game Dev Digest – December 2022

New York – New York City

| 15 Dec 2022

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

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Friday, December 9th, 2022
Editor: Mattia Sicuro
A monthly publication of the International Game Developers Association New York City Chapter for the NYC game community.
nyc@igda.org • igda.nyc

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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.

Chapter Elections

Nominations are closing this month for the 2022/2023 IGDA NYC Chapter Board of Directors Elections. December 11th is the last day to throw your name in the ring!

Two seats are up for election and appointment this year, with Mattia Sicuro and Kevin Hoskin continuing their terms. The nomination period runs for four weeks, from November 11th to December 11th.

Serving on the chapter’s board of directors is an excellent way to give back to the chapter, make professional connections, and have a positive impact on the local game developer community and industry. Any IGDA member in good standing is eligible to run. Visit https://igda.org/membership/ before the close of nominations to join or renew your membership.

Full election details, including an election timeline and a description of director responsibilities and eligibility requirements, can be found on the IGDA NYC website at https://igda.nyc/elections.

Curious about what serving on the board is like? We’re happy to talk! Please reach out at nyc@igda.org if you’re on the fence about running or would like to know more.

Big News!

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (“MOME”) will hold a public hearing proposing rules for the Made in NY Marketing Credit Program for Digital Gaming Media.

The public and interested parties are invited to submit comments and testimony on the proposed rule at 3:00 p.m. on January 24th, 2023. The public hearing will be accessible by phone and video conference. Additional info here with more to come soon!

What’s On This Month

  • Happening December 16th – 18th Casa Con 2022  is a free virtual Anime, Games and Cosplay convention! Featuring 3 days of awesome digital content from panels on voice acting and Japanese Pop Culture, to indie games and Cosplay transformations!

On the Horizon

  • Dolby and Playcrafting are seeking teams of talented developers with a passion for audio design and mobile games to participate in the Dolby Step Up Your Sound Game Jam! A paid, two-week Android mobile game jam starting January 3rd!

  • The 12th annual New York Game Awards are returning to a live and in-person show on Jan. 17th 2023, at the SVA Theatre! Get your tickets here

  • Starting January 1st, Game Jam NYC, hosted by Geopipe, is a game jam where participants create games using real NYC buildings, streets, and terrain provided as game-ready environments! $2500 will be awarded to the best game overall, rated by gameplay, visuals, creativity, and use of the theme.

In Case You Missed It

  • Miss out on last month’s Play NYC expo? No worries! There are plenty of recaps available, including a series of games and organization highlights from STEM educator Mr. Ahmed, and a collection of local indies from pixelrater.com!

News and updates from the mothership.

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.

Tribeca Games Logo

Q&A with Tribeca Games

IGDA NYC Discord

Thursday, January 5th

Come join us and our friends at Tribeca to discuss what it’s like, and what it takes to showcase at the Tribeca Games Festival!

We’ll be getting answers to as many community questions as we can, including some extra details about the submission process, how much your development timeline matters, and ways the Tribeca team goes above and beyond to put together a cohesive festival experience.

Feel free to take a look at the previous showcase selection here as well!

Stay tuned for more info soon!

Join the Discord!
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


  • A Haunting of You – In a gentrified Brooklyn, a group of ghosts has descended upon your house. They want your bodies and their home back! Solve puzzles from ghosts to gain their trust and assistance as you traverse between Limbo and the World of the Living.


  • Nocturne by Outpost4 is a virtual reality musical instrument designed for emotional depth and power. Train your ear with a library of original songs and customization options to play along with, rhythm-game style.

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

  • Want to show your Pico-8 game at Wonderville? Submit to the curation team 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!

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.

Wednesday, December 7th

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.

Sunday, December 11th

Alt Ctrl Game Night at Wonderville – Young emerging designers come together to showcase their latest alternative controller games in one epic night at Wonderville!

Friday, December 16th

Casa Con 2022 – An online Anime, Games and Cosplay convention featuring 3 days of awesome digital content from panels on voice acting and Japanese Pop Culture, to indie games and Cosplay transformations!

Wednesday, December 21st

Building and Using Virtual Reality in Education (VR in Education) – Connect with educators, developers and others in the space to discuss effective ways of developing and implementing VR in educational spaces.

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.



  • Games for Change is partnering with Unity on a series of workshops to empower educators to build the next generation of lifelong creators in real-time 3D development. Middle and high school educators will come to learn best practices for teaching and implementing Unity in their classrooms, and receive hands-on training from experts. Sign up to receive information on dates and priority registration here!


  • Casa Con is looking for Devs to demo their games at the Indie showcase on December 17th! Contact jasmine@nardio.net for inquiry.
  • Tribeca Games Submissions are open! Official Deadline is December 7th and the Extended Deadline is January 18th

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
Chapter Resources

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