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IGDA NYC Game Dev Digest – June 2022

New York – New York City

| 8 Jun 2022

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

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2022
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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We would like to take a moment to acknowledge beloved community leader and developer Andrew Simon Thomas, who passed away on June 1st.

Andrew was a co-founder of the NYC Gaming Discord, one of the largest and exemplary community spaces for NYC Game Devs. Andrew’s work included Shillelagh, a retro arena shooter recently featured in a tournament at Wonderville, balance board-powered rolling game Roll Control, and spatially based strategy board game Tesserax Wars.

In an interview with Playcrafting about the process behind Roll Control, Andrew spoke about his focus on community for the project, acknowledging the various other developers who helped along the way and contributed to the creation of the game’s level editor and Discord channel.

He also worked at the 3D printing platform Shapeways in NYC, helping customers print and sell their art, later taking on various other roles to hone his skills as a Community Manager.

Andrew’s loved ones have launched a GoFundMe to assist Andrew’s partner, Kayla, with unexpected expenses for anyone who’d like to donate. A memorial site has also been set up to allow the sharing of memories, offering of condolences and contributions to charity.

An obituary has also been published by Gamedeveloper.com

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.

IGDA Appoints New Executive Director

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA), has appointed Dr. Jakin Vela as the new Executive Director to succeed Renee Gittins, who stepped down in January 2022 and rejoined the Board of Directors. Prior to his appointment, Vela served as the Interim Executive Director, as well as the Manager of Global Development, where he focused his efforts on creating stronger channels of communication and collaboration across IGDA communities around the world. He also led the revamping of the Global Mentorship Program, which includes the launch of IGDA’s newly implemented mentorship platform powered by PeopleGrove.

Additionally, the IGDA welcomes newly appointed members, Rami Ismail and Guy Blomberg, as well as newly elected member, Tarja Porkka-Kontturi.

Check out the full announcement here!

#GamesUR Summit 2022

All talks from this year’s GamesUR Summit, the flagship event for the Games Research and User Experience (GRUX) SIG are available to view for free via the group’s YouTube Channel.

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!
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

  • Latinx in Gaming presents CONEXION, a Virtual Career Fair, connecting the biggest companies in gaming with a diverse pool of talented candidates. During the month of June, Latinx in Gaming will host free webinars to level up your skills with additional events, register and check out the full schedule here!

  • The next episode of My Favorite Sound From… A show by Jeff Penny surrounding discussions with people working in game audio about the sounds they are most proud of is out now! Give it a watch here

  • Missed the NYU Game Center Spring student showcase? Check out the roundup of new games from program Chair Naomi Clark here!

  • The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment along with the Department of Education have announced the funding of a bachelor’s degree program in Game Design at the City College of New York! Read more on the initiative to develop the NYC game industry here

Early Access/Beta

  • Cantata, a character-driven tactical strategy game set in a spiritual sci-fi universe is now in Early Access!


  • Knotwords by Zach Gage and Jack Schlesinger, a minimal and elegant logic puzzle with words, available on iOS, Android, Mac & PC.

  • Get-A-Grip Chip and the Body Bugs by Redstart Interactive in partnership with Games For Change. Join tiny robotic hero Chip in this satisfying 2D platformer to enter the human body and dismantle digestive distress! Available on Steam, Switch, Xbox and on the Redstart Interactive website starting May 12th!

  • Silly Seance by Up At Night Games is a party game played on a shared digital spirit board. Two to four players non-verbally communicate to complete each others’ last rites – think charades – in order to ascend to Ghostville! Available on IOSGoogle Play!

  • Super Sharp Birds is a 2-player, 1-button game, starring two birds (that are super sharp) battling to collect hypercubes by wall-jumping and head-stomping each other. Now available to play at Wonderville!

Ongoing Initiatives

  • The Game Devs of Color Expo team has been releasing their 2021 talks and interviews on Youtube! Make sure to check back every week for newly released videos, sign up for their mailing list and donate!

  • 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

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.

Thursday, June 9th

Game Night with Julia Salazar (New York State Senator) at Wonderville – Happy Hour and informal game night with Senator Salazar! Julia Salazar is a grassroots progressive candidate for State Senate fighting for housing justice, police accountability, and universal healthcare in North Brooklyn and across the state.

Friday, June 10th

2022 Games for Change Festival Workshops – Join G4C for the 2022 Games for Change Festival Workshop series July 10 -11 at the Microsoft offices in NYC for 12 workshops and professional development opportunities

Saturday, June 11th

Tribeca Games Festival 2022 – Experience Tribeca’s official games selection at home or on-site in NYC June 11th-19th!

Wednesday, June 15th

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

Thursday, June 16th

Monthly Thursday Hacker Hoursby Zack Wheeler – Free office hours for coding help—any programming language, all levels of experience. The format is super simple: you attend with a thing you want to learn or a project to build, and work (virtually) alongside others doing the same!

Sunday, June 19th

Death by Audio Arcade Co-Op Work Day – Arcade Co-op is Wonderville/DBAA’s monthly co-working day. Stop by and hang out starting at noon. Bring your in-development game, or writing project, or small hardware experiment, and share ideas with others!

Tuesday, June 28th

AWE Nite NYC Online Meetup – Join other AR enthusiasts for live demos and discussion!

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 looking for volunteers for this summer’s festival in July! Apply here


  • The Solstice Program by Code Coven provides an opportunity for teams to launch a social impact focused prototype with structured guidance, mentorship and financial support. Apply here [Deadline June 16th, 2022]

  • Are you a dev that wants to make real money working on cool projects? Join the network to be notified of short-term projects in the works with Playcrafting! The Developer Intake form can be found here

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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