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IGDA NYC Game Dev Digest – May 2024

New York – New York City

| 27 May 2024

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

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Monday, May 20th, 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

The Tribeca Games program, running from June 12-16, highlights storytelling innovation through interactive experiences. This year’s selections includes:

  • The world premiere of Goodnight Universe, an action-adventure exploring new frontiers with its innovative camera-based technology.

  • GUMBO’s very own Skate Story, a skateboarding game that lets you Ollie, kickflip, and grind your way through the ash and smoke of The Emptylands.

  • darkwebSTREAMER, a psychological-horror RPG that offers a unique, immersive experience

  • The special event From Fire to Firaga: Remaking FINAL FANTASY VII with director Naoki Hamaguchi and producer and director of the original Final Fantasy VII Yoshinori Kitase.

See the Full Lineup

Check out the full schedule here with multiple ticket options:

Buy Your Ticket

Waffle Games 7.0

Sat, Jun 22nd, 2024, 11:00 AM – Mon, Jun 24th, 2024, 12:00 AM
City College of New York – NAC Building, New York, NY


On May 25th at 10AM EST, join Black Girl Gamers on their Twitch and Youtube channels to discover new and immersive games developed by African studios alongside their developers with live gameplay and discussions.

News and updates from the mothership.

the 2023 Developer Satisfaction summary report is out! Respondents expressed discontent regarding topics including Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts, employment, crunch, and proper crediting.

Calling all games for sustainability heroes!Trevin York, Patrick Prax, and Clayton Whittle of the IGDA Climate SIG will be organizing a book of contributed chapters on the topic of sustainability in games with the working title Towards Sustainable Game Design: The Game Needs to Change.

We are inviting submissions from designers, developers, educators, researchers, and anyone in between. We aim to use research and real-world experiences to tell the story of the green games journey: where it was, where it is, and where it may be going.
We are especially excited to include chapters written by games industry professionals and are happy to work with those individuals who do not have experience in writing a book chapter.

If you are interested, all you need to do is submit your 500 word abstract/chapter proposal by June 15th.

Call for Abstract Details



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, May 28th @ 6:00pm

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

RSVP 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

  • The Game Devs of Color Expo is still accepting applications for games for the GDoCExpo Steam Sale until August 2nd! Submit your game here

  • Couldn’t make it to the NYU Game Center Spring Showcase in-person? Check out every game in this year’s Showcase here!

  • Applications are open for the custom pico8 arcade cabinet at Wonderville until May 26th! Don’t miss your chance to showcase your game and fill out the form here.

  • The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens announced a new community space that will be free for all to use!

  • Want to help with a quick experiment involving student games? The NYU Game Center Small Data Jam is a collections of games that record fully anonymous data about how you play, for students to analyze. Try them out here!


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

  • Cakefoot by dank.game is a challenging, single-button dodge ’em up on rails, inspired by classics such as The World’s Hardest Game, Geometry Dash, Flappy Bird and more.

  • Way of Rhea by Games by Mason is a mind-bending puzzle game with hard puzzles, but forgiving mechanics.

  • Grønland by beachsoft is a peculiar adventure game set in the lower Arctic of the late 19th century. Developed entirely at GUMBO!

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

  • All of the 58 games featured at the NYU Game Center Spring Showcase!

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 on WithFriends to help to keep the arcades working and pay for parts and maintenance!

  • 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!
  • Support the Game Devs of Color Expo’s mission to uplift marginalized voices in game development by signing up for their monthly Ko-fi subscription! Your support ensures ongoing grants, events, and community programs.

  • Support GUMBO on Patreon for exclusive digital content, free event access, and more!

  • The New York State Digital Game Development Program is designed to accelerate and attract economic development by offsetting some production costs associated with producing digital games in New York State.

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.


Sunday, May 19th

Saison Zero at Wonderville – You’re friendly neighborhood Tabletop RPG Meetup, this month featuring INTO THE ODD & Big Rock Candy Hexcrawl!


Tuesday, May 21st

Speglar Steam Launch Party at Wonderville – Speglar, the tallboy cocktail cabinet, is finally getting released on Steam! Come celebrate Speglar’s signature brand of ricochet rampage with a free-to-enter doubles tournament

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, May 22nd

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

Bescy May 2024: Grief & Art, with Andrew Freiband – Calling all behavior science & design enthusiasts – join for a monthly meeting featuring Artists’ Literacies Institute!


Thursday, May 23rd

NYC Indie Dev Night with Playcrafting – Indie devs, gamers, publishers, industry vets and students – this is the place to come meet others in the community, network and talk shop – and check out what games NYC is cookin’ up!

Brooklyn Experimental Electronic Music April Showcase – Join the local electronic music community for our showcase featuring an eclectic mix of New York City artists working in a variety of styles.


Friday, May 24th

GUMBO Presents: Ouros Launch Party! – Ouros-by Gumbo’s very own Michael Kamm—is launching on Steam on May 22nd! Anyone who buys the game can come to the event for free!


Sunday, May 26th

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


Tuesday, May 28th

Wonderville’s last Tuesday of the month PLAYTEST – Come to Wonderville to playtest in production games! If you’re a developer, bring your game! No signups required.

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


Wednesday, June 5th

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.


Wednesday, June 12th

Tribeca Games Gallery – Play exclusive demos of all of the games selections for FREE at the Tribeca Games Gallery, and attend a special event featuring Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth


Thursday, June 13th

NYVR – June 2024 (Special Documentary Viewing Event) – Join this month’s meetup for a screening of Psychedelicized: The Electric Circus Story.


Saturday, June 15th

Build a Board Game in Under 2 Hours – Learn the art of rapid prototyping and hone your game design skills with the workshop group!


Wednesday, June 19th

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!


Saturday, June 22nd

Waffle Games 7.0 – Join EGD for the 7th annual Waffle Games conference!


Thursday, June 27th

Games for Change Festival 2024 – Engage with industry leaders in thought-provoking talks, workshops, awards and more while exploring the future of social impact gaming and XR.

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.



  • Indiecade Festival submissions are open until June 1st!

  • Registration is open for the Indie Game Business Conference, as well as submissions for speakers!

  • Want to bring your game to Playcrafting & BrookLAN’s NYC Indie Dev Night? Fill out this form! BrookLAN has PC’s for you to use, space for tabletop as well as space for you to bring your own set up if needed!

  • BXStart is a platform dedicated to fostering the intersection of game development and entrepreneurship in the Bronx community. Sign up to showcase your game at their Indie Game Night held every third Friday of the month! Apply here


  • Want to contribute to the social impact gaming community and get exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Games for Change Festival 2024? Volunteer! Sign up 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!


  • TP Camp is a crash course and playground for creative and techy people who want to shake things up. Every June in New York City, makers, artists, musicians, programmers, fabricators, and creatives of all sorts are invited to join the ITP community to make stuff, hear speakers on the cutting edge, and collaborate with people from diverse disciplines.


  • The t*gh GameChangeHERs // Women’s Innovation Hub seeks not just to fund and support women-led gaming ventures but also to foster a community that champions diversity, innovation, and success in the gaming industry. By providing targeted resources and opportunities, the program aims to empower women entrepreneurs to turn their visions into thriving businesses that contribute to the richness and diversity of the gaming world.
  • 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.

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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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