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IGDA NYC Game Dev Digest – December 2023

New York – New York City

| 15 Dec 2023

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

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Friday, December 15th, 2023
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.

On the Horizon

News and updates from the mothership.

In partnership with CWA and UNI, the IGDA recently held a panel and workshop on unionization in games! If you missed the live event and workshop, check out the recording here and some additional resources shared by the CWA:

  • The IGDA has recently opened up a few volunteer positions for various projects, from Discord moderation support to developer resource consolidation. If you or someone you know is looking to become more involved with IGDA in a volunteer capacity, please reach out!

  • The U.S. Department of Labor has requested the IGDA’s assistance with a program that is important to the nation – the Occupational Information Network (O*NET®). The O*NET Program is the primary source of occupational information used by employers, human resource professionals, job counselors, and labor market analysts across the country who rely on such information to perform their daily work.

    The IGDA would like your help to keep this information reliable and up-to-date for Video Game Designers. You can view the current occupation description for Video Game Designer here.

    If you are an occupational expert or know of someone who has five or more years of experience for the occupation of Video Game Designer, please consider filling out the participation interest form.

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!

There will be no Taco Tuesday with IGDA this month, see you in the new year!

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

  • Tribeca’s submissions are open for all categories (including games and XR!) for the 2024 festival! Check out the 2024 Festival Submissions Overview for more info.

  • The recent lecture series event featuring Writer and Narrative Designer Meghna Jayanth, presented by the NYU Game Center, is available to watch on their Twitch Channel!

  • Recordings from the most recent 1UpState expo have been posted! Featuring talks on Esports, Voice Acting, Game Preservation and more!

  • The PAX Rising Showcase at PAX East 2024 is a curated collection of indie games and taking submissions until December 15th!


  • Let Him Cook by HF Studios is a top-down action survivor roguelike where you play as a food industry professional fighting in the ultimate bullet heaven arena.

  • Thrift Shop by Steve Mcilwain is a casual, thrift shopping simulation game


  • Loddlenaut by Moon Lagoon is an ocean cleanup adventure where you can pick up trash, explore the vibrant waters, and take care of axolotl-like alien creatures!

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.

Wednesday December 6th

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 10th

Unity NYC Holiday Party – Featuring VR improv, an Augmented Reality puppet act using Facerig, mesmerizing images created by combining lighting technology with acrobatics and an LED and projection performance from Circuit Solarium!


Tuesday, December 12th

Action Design NYC Holiday Special – Calling all NYC-area behavioral science enthusiasts for the last monthly meetup of the year!

GUMBO Show & Tell Night – Working on something cool? Want to see what other NYC Game Makers are working on? Come to GUMBO’s first in-person Show & Tell!

Wednesday December 13th

GUMBO Board Game/Tabletop Playtest Night – Meet some board game designers, play some unreleased games, and maybe even make some new friends!

Friday December 15th

Cakefoot & Frog Game Arcade Launch Party – Join Wonderville for a night of arcade tournaments, prizes, and live DJ performances to celebrate the launch of two new arcade cabinets!

Tuesday December 19th

Wonderville’s last Tuesday of the Month Playtest – Come to Wonderville to playtest in production games! No signups required.

Wednesday December 20th

Building and Using VR in Education – A meetup to connect educators and others in the VR space!

Long Island Game Dev Virtual Meetup – Network with other Game Devs based in and around Long Island!

Thursday December 21st

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

Wednesday January 3rd 2024

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.

Tuesday January 23rd 2024

13th Annual New York Game Awards – An evening filled with thrilling game showcases, live performances from SNL musicians, comedy from the Daily Show’s writers and awards!

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.



  • 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!


  • Tribeca will feature video game projects throughout the 2024 festival to highlight this important medium as a form of storytelling, art, and innovation. Story is defined in the broadest sense including narrative, world building, and/or artistic excellence. Cross-medium projects and unique use of technology that challenge our current understanding of games is embraced. Find more info and submit here [Remaining  Deadlines: Jan 10th, Feb 13th]

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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