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IGDA NYC Game Dev Digest – February 2024

New York – New York City

| 21 Feb 2024

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

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Monday, February 19th, 2024
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

  • Join the NYU Game Center for Game Design Tiramisu with Cosmo D! Hear Cosmo talk about how he tackles the challenges of game design’s many layers, including world-building, narrative design, optimization, game-play iteration, testing, community building, and more.

  • Located at Metropolitan Pavilion in the heart of Chelsea, MoCCA Fest is NYC’s largest independent comics and cartoon festival, drawing over 9,000 attendees each year.

On the Horizon

  • Save the date! The 2024 Games for Change Festival will take place June 27 – 28, 2024! Speaker and award submissions will open on January 4th. Stay tuned for additional updates, registration details, and more coming soon.

  • Save the Games: A Digital Preservation Symposium held at The Strong Museum, in Rochester, New York, is meant to advance the field of video game preservation. Featuring information sessions, networking opportunities, and tours of museum collections. Happening August 21st & 22nd!

News and updates from the mothership.

the IGDA is hosting a 2024 New Year, New Developers sponsored membership drive to support developers in need. By sponsoring an IGDA membership for others, you help us provide its many benefits to those in need at no cost to them.

This year, our goal is to help 1,000 new developers get a free IGDA membership, which provides access to 160+ Chapters and Special Interest Groups, impactful and meaningful mentorship experiences, the full IGDA resource library, and more!

Each sponsorship tier comes with an additional benefit for the sponsor! Please tell us how many developers you wish to support by completing this form.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jakin Vela, IGDA Executive Director at jakin@igda.org.

A message from the Executive Director

Our hearts go out to all the devs impacted by the continuation of mass layoffs. If you’ve been impacted by a layoff, we encourage you to check out the IGDA’s career resources, as well as look at joining our Discord, where jobs are posted regularly and you can chat with other Devs about opportunities. We still have a handful of free IGDA memberships available to those in need–you can apply for that here.

With the continuation of industry volatility, it’s no surprise many developers are looking for ways to support and empower themselves and their colleagues at work. In December, the IGDA partnered with CWA and UNI Global to provide an educational panel and workshop on unionization. You can view a recording of the panel discussion here.

And finally, the IGDA partnered with IGDA Foundation, Women in Games International, Take This, Game to Grow, and Global Game Jam to create and consolidate many of our resources for our community which are available 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, February 27th @ 6:00pm

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

Launched

  • Disaster Golf by Hippo Havoc is a fast-paced take on golf that requires you to react on the fly. Experiment with many combinations of natural disasters to navigate the golf ball through wild and diverse courses!

Crowdfund

  • Rollin’ Rascal by Curiomatic is a love letter to high-speed 3D platformers like Sonic the Hedgehog with the dynamic interactivity of Super Mario Bros.

  • Lovestruck – A game about finding love on reality TV by Rabble is a social deduction game inspired by the intrigue, drama, and “did that really just happen?” outrageousness of reality dating shows.

Pre-Order/Wishlist

  • Big Boss: A Villain Simulator by Hamra Digital is an asymmetrical fighting roguelite experience like no other where YOU are the boss!

  • Pocket Oasis by knit’n’pearl game studio is a beautiful hand-painted cozy gardening simulator, where you can plant seeds and relax as your plants bloom and grow.

  • Scarred Mansion by Focal Point Game Studio is a hauntingly innovative deck-building strategy game where you craft cards with unique effects to solve puzzles on your journey to escape a spooky house!

  • LightBear: Grizzelda Returns by LightBear Software is a randomly generated action RPG whackathon with heavy Rogue-like elements.

  • ChipWits by Chipwits Inc. is an open-ended robot programming puzzle game where you navigate logic-twisting puzzles and zap malfunctioning robots.

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.

Saturday February 17th

Scrapshoot Ultimate Scrapdown Tournament at Wonderville – Battle it out in the scrapyard in 2v2 matches with the Developers of the game on the floor! Featuring live commentating, free copies of the game and posters!

 

Sunday February 18th

Saison Zero TTRPG Meetup at Wonderville – You’re friendly neighborhood Tabletop RPG Meetup, this month featuring TROIKA! A Sci-fi RPG designed to be wonderous to play and simple to run.

 

Tuesday February 20th

Action Design NYC February 2024 – Join Action Design NYC this February as they’re joined by Christina D. Eskridge, MPH, founder and Executive Director of Elevate Theater Company.

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

Animation Nights New York at the Gutter Spare Room – Animation Nights New York is a monthly screening event and annual festival showcasing the very best animated short films, virtual reality animation experiences, and interactive games from all around the world.

 

Wednesday February 21st

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 February 22nd

Parsons Design & Technology Pop-Up Arcade at Wonderville – Positioned as a work-in-progress, students from both BFA and MFA Design and Technology programs at Parsons School of Design are demoing their latest playful creations

NYU Game Center Presents: Cosmo D – Cosmo D is a New York-based game designer, current artist-in-residence at the Game Center, and creator of the IGF Grand-Prize-winning “Betrayal at Club Low”.

 

Sunday February 25th

Animation Nights New York Virtual Events – Watch a curated program of animated short films from all around the world!

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

 

Tuesday February 27th

AWE Nite NYC – A monthly meetup for Augmented Reality enthusiasts!

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

 

Tuesday March 5th

Star Mountain Wondercab Launch Party at Wonderville – Enjoy a friendly competition featuring the new spring wondercab residency, Star Mountain, created by Sam Knight.

 

Wednesday March 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.

 

Thursday March 14th

NYVR March Meetup – hether you are a product developer, investor, entrepreneur or just someone interested in the rapid growth of this exciting technology, NYVR Meetup is the place to meet and connect!

 

Saturday March 16th

Society of Illustrators MoCCA Fest – SI MoCCA Festival­ is Manhattans’s largest independent comics and cartoon art festival.

 

Sunday March 17th

Society of Illustrators MoCCA Fest Day 2 – SI MoCCA Festival­ is Manhattans’s largest independent comics and cartoon art festival.

Recurring Weekly

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Sundays

View NYC Game Dev Calendar
Jobs and Opportunities

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

View or submit a listing for free.

Jobs

Exhibit/Speak/Publish

  • Save the Games: A Digital Preservation Symposium held at The Strong Museum, in Rochester, New York, is meant to advance the field of video game preservation. Featuring information sessions, networking opportunities, and tours of museum collections. The Strong invites proposals for presentations of about 15–20 minutes in length on preservation topics. Find more info about submitting proposals here.

Volunteer

  • 1Upstate is looking for volunteers ahead of their 2024 expo!
  • 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!

Funding/Programs/Contests

  • The Games for Change Student Challenge is LIVE and Students WORLDWIDE can now submit their social impact games, characters, and narratives for a chance to win cool prizes, a $10,000 scholarship, and more! G4C Learn’s flagship program is a game design competition that invites youth to create digital games inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. [Deadline April 15th]

  • The Diverse Voices, New Stories Challenge is presented by Games for Change in partnership with Google Play and HP. Game developers worldwide are invited to submit completed or beta versions of Android games to the Challenge. Submissions will be reviewed by panels of expert judges. Finalists will receive financial resources and capacity-building support, including funding, mentorship, and marketing and promotional opportunities.

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.

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