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IGDA NYC Game Dev Digest – November 2022

New York – New York City

| 4 Nov 2022

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

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Tuesday, November 1st, 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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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 opening this month for the 2022/2023 IGDA NYC Chapter Board of Directors Elections!

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 9th.

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.

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What’s On This Month

  • Returning for it’s 6th year, Play NYC will be at Chelsea Industrial in Manhattan on November 5th! Over 30 studios and companies will be bringing 60+ playable games and experiences to the one day affair. Get your tickets here, and check out this interview with Nintendo Fuse to get ready!

  • No Quarter is returning for its 11th installment on November 18th! Featuring work from upcoming and established artists in games, this year’s event is curated by Marie Foulston and features new work from AP Thomson and Jenny Jiao Hsia; Claire Kwong; Melissa Mcglensey and Douglas Wilson; and Videogamo, Inc.

On the Horizon

  • Casa Con will be returning on December 16th! Featuring three days worth of awesome digital content like voice acting panels, Cosplay transformations, Indie games and more! Get your tickets here. Those looking to demo their games can also contact jasmine@nardio.net for inquiry.

  • GameLoop Virtual, the user-generated un-conference presented by our neighbors BostonFIG and GameLoop Montréal is returning online for it’s 2nd year (12th overall) on December 3rd!

  • The New York Videogame Critics Circle (NYVGCC) announced the 12th annual New York Game Awards are returning to a live and in-person show on Jan. 17th 2023, at the SVA Theatre! The awards will be co-hosted by Harold Goldberg and 2020 Andrew Yoon Legend Award recipient and former President of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimé! Get your tickets here

In Case You Missed It

News and updates from the mothership.

  • The IGDA announced the recipients of the 2022 Global Game Industry Awards (GIGAs) LIVE on the IGDA YouTube Channel! The annual awards ceremony, hosted in partnership with Devcom, are peer-determined awards that celebrate the contributions of individuals and discipline teams across the many facets of game development. You can watch the full awards show here.

  • Foundations of Data-Driven Gaming Companies, an IGDA Sponsored Webinar with Nom Nom Data founder Nam Nguyen is happening on November 17th!

  • The IGDA will be hosting the PathfindinGS Conference for the 3rd year this November! Including 6 conference days over the month, Tickets are now available to all for FREE for the following dates:

    • Latin America – November 11th & 12th

    • Africa & Middle East – November 18th & 19th

    • South Asia, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and pacific islands – November 25th & 26th

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

  • The Empire State Digital Gaming Media Production Credit Program is scheduled to go into effect on January 1st, 2023. Sign up for updates at this website to learn how to apply for credit towards any project that begins on or after January 1st, 2023.
  • Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design is an exhibition at the MoMa bringing together notable examples of interaction design, including work by Bennett Foddy, Jenova Chen, E-Line Media and more.

  • Producer & BizDev Architect Javiera Cordero (@javierabegazo) has created an incredibly helpful database of useful Game Dev Job Hunting Resources!

  • Marist College, along with Tampere University/Lappeenranta University of Technology and Rikkyo University are conducting a study on Game Dev practices around the world! Fill out the form here if you’d like to participate

  • Check out Robert Yang’s Indie Capsule Reviews, featuring recent releases Immortality and Betrayal at Club Low!

Pre Order/Wishlist

  • The Game of Fourtune by BlackLock Games is a visual novel where you play as Clyde Raveron & Devon Rhodes as they try to survive a magical death game on the whims of a god obsessed with four. Four rounds of play, four deaths per round, one survivor granted one wish.

Early Access/Beta

  • Ollie-Oop by Almost Playable Games is a game about a skateboarding dog named Ollie where you can play with your pup friends and wreak havoc in all kind of fantastical environments!

Playtest

  • Bitter Silver by Lookout Drive Games is a Cowboy Bebop meets Mass Effect choose-your-own-adventure game now available to demo on both Steam and Itch.io!

  • Genome, the 2022 Alfred P. Sloan Grant recipient, is a hyper-weird sci-fi sim about the end of humanity and the beginning of something else. Sign up here for future updates about playtesting!

Launched

  • The Rules We Break by Eric Zimmerman is a book introducing new approaches to creative collaboration, group brainstorming, problem solving, design iteration, understanding systems, and communicating ideas! [November 22nd]

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, November 2nd

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, November 3rd

Play to Win Comedy Show at Wonderville – A comedy show show where you can fight the comics, at fighting games. After every comic’s set, a random audience member will challenge them to this month’s fighting game for a free drink.

Friday, November 4th

GUMBO x Boston Indies Mixer – GUMBO will be welcoming friends from Boston Indies to the space! Stop by and meet some these out-of-towners who are visiting for a couple days for a casual hang-out. Drinks and games will be provided.

Saturday, November 5th

Story I/O – Decentralized Tech in the Arts – Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab (DSL) presents Story I/O (input/output) a FREE virtual immersive symposium that mixes thinking & doing.

Play NYC – This year’s Play NYC will gather fans, creators, and industry pros for an intimate one day affair of games across all platforms – from PC to Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Playstation, and more to mobile, VR, and even tabletop games.

Wednesday, November 16th

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.

Garden for Drowning Descendants: Eva Davidova, Sidney San Martin – Artist Eva Davidova and creative technologist Sidney San Martin will give a demo and a brief introduction of the interactive, mixed reality installation Garden For Drowning Descendants, currently at Harvestworks.

Thursday, November 17th

Monthly Thursday Hacker Hours Hosted by Zack Wheeler – Free office hours for coding help—any programming language, all levels of experience.

Friday, November 18th

No Quarter Exhibition 2022 – The NYU Game Center is welcoming the 11th installment of the exhibition, featuring commissioned new work from upcoming and established artists working in games and related fields.

Tuesday, November 22nd

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

Tuesday, November 29th

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

Recurring Weekly

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

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

Education

  • 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!

Exhibit/Speak/Publish

  • Submissions are now open for the 25th Independent Games Festival Awards! Creators have until November 16th, 2022 to enter in all categories
  • 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

Funding/Programs/Contests

  • The Diverse Voices, New Stories Mobile Challenge hosted by Games for Change is inviting developers to submit completed or nearly completed Android mobile games that have not yet been published on Android app stores. Games will be reviewed by panels of expert judges, and one team will receive $20,000 in cash and advertising funds. More info and application here [Deadline: Nov 2nd]

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
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