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IGDA NYC Game Dev Digest – October 2023

New York – New York City

| 17 Oct 2023

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

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Saturday, October 14th, 2023
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 Wonderville and one of our former presentation speakers, Chris Mahon, for the Black Heaven Dating Sim Launch Party! Play a demo of the game, listen to the amazing soundtrack, and join a fanart contest for the characters for a chance to win prizes!

  • Getting You Game Funded: A Conversation with Investors & Insiders is a panel exploring paths and strategies to get your game funded! Moderated by Krysti Pryde, Head of Community at Playcrafting.

  • 1UpState is a new Developer Expo coming to Albany on October 21st!

  • GameSoundCon 2023 is hybrid! Online access gives you real-time access to GameSoundCon sessions, live text chat and more. Both in-person and online attendees can watch sessions they missed for up to 3 months after GameSoundCon. IGDA members can save 10% by using the discount code found here.

News and updates from the mothership.

  • IGDA Pathfindings 2023 Registration is now open! Pathfindings is a free multi-day virtual conference from 14-17 November 2023. The goal is to showcase the amazing work by developers across the Global South. The event will include:

    • Insights from developers across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and more.

    • 20+ speakers across 18+ sessions + 9 roundtable discussions

    • Networking and meeting opportunities on the conference platform (Discord)

  • The IGDA Game Showcase highlights upcoming projects from IGDA members and partners. These projects are promoted within the IGDA Insider as well as on the IGDA website to help them reach thousands of game developers. Visit here to submit yours!

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, October 24th @ 6:30pm

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

  • Our friends at GUMBO recently made the trip overseas to engage with the Japanese indie games scene! Catch the recap from the team here

  • TooStupidGamerz recently spoke with a few of the Devs at GUMBO about their experiences! Check out the interviews with Whalefood Games, Computer Lunch, Outpost4 and Ryan
  • Wonderville Projects is a new Brooklyn-based nonprofit focused on fostering a community of independent game developers and creative technologists

  • Wonderville is now accepting submissions for the Wondercab arcade cabinet for the Winter 2023 residency period! Submit your game here!

  • The Interactive Fiction Competition, an annual celebration of new, text-driven digital games and stories from independent creators has begun! Anyone can be a judge: Browse and play this year’s entries, and then rate them for at least five games by November 15!

  • Game Dev Dispatch Presented by the Game Devs of Color Expo is a downloadable zine of advice, hard truths, and encouragement for aspiring game devs ready to dive into the industry.


  • Breakthrough! A Language Learning Visual Novel is a mobile game where players can learn languages through storytelling, expanding their comprehension and vocabulary while building relationships with the characters through speed reading and real-life in-context vocabulary building.


  • Saltsea Chronicles by Die Gute Fabrik is a story-driven adventure game where you guide a crew across islands of a post-flood world known as ‘Saltsea’.

  • Black Heaven: A Necromatic Dating Sim by Occult Triange Lab is a dark fantasy/horror VN where you collect the souls of your former classmates!

  • Increment by Mark Pil is an experimental, incremental, experiential, industrial adventure. Push buttons, pull levers, and operate weird machines through trippy VR spaces on a journey to make numbers get bigger.

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 October 4th

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 October 12th

Book Launch: The Beauty of Games by Frank Lantz – Frank Lantz returns to the NYU Game Center to discuss his new book and its many themes


Saturday October 14th

Monthly 2 Hour Game Jam Club: TikTok Filters with Sam Leigh – Join Wonderville and make short games using simple to use game engines!


Sunday October 15th

Saison Zero at Wonderville – Join Wonderville for a beginner-friendly TTRPG meetup, this month featuring tables for Troika! And Into the Odd!


Monday October 16th

Unity NYC: Rhythm & Boos – Join Unity NYC for a special event at the Lower Case in NY that will feature a presentation on how to make a successful rhythm-focused game.


Tuesday October 17th

Action Design Network NYC: Behavior Change & Sustainability with Amer Jandali – Continue the theme of Climate Week by attending this talk about behavior change, drawdown, and sustainability.

Worlds Greatest Gamer at Wonderville – Hosted by “The Boss Monster” Noah Waterman, the World’s Greatest Gamer is a chance for you to test your video gaming prowess in a tournament where every round is a different game.

Animation Nights New York In-Person at the Gutter Spare Room! – A monthly screening of the best animated short films, VR animation experiences and interactive games


Wednesday October 18th

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


Thursday October 19th

Getting You Game Funded: A Conversation with Investors & Insiders – Join the panel discussion exploring paths and strategies to get your game funded!

Wordhack feat. Sarah Rothberg, Jordan Magnuson and the Parks Staff – WordHack is a monthly evening of performances and talks exploring the intersection of language and technology with code poetry, digital literature, e-lit, language games and more


Saturday October 21st

Black Heaven Dating Sim Launch Party – Play a demo of the game, listen to the amazing soundtrack, and join a fanart contest for the characters for a chance to win prizes!


Sunday October 22nd

Animation Nights New York Virtual Screening – This event is a curated monthly screening of ANNYs in-competition films

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


Thursday October 26th

Brooklyn Experimental & Electronic Music October Showcase – Join Wonderville’s electronic music community for a showcase featuring an eclectic mix of New York City’s artists

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!


  • The Qweerty Gamers Victoria Kennedy Grants program strives to advance visibility and representation in the global gaming and media industry. Apply here. [Deadline October 31st]

  • Niantic Lightship is looking for Developers to contribute AR sample projects! Devs can submit applications with their project ideas to apply for grants to fund their project and ultimately have their project featured on Lightship’s sample project library. Apply here

  • The City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) “Made in NY” Logo Program provides qualified digital gaming companies with the ability to use the City’s “Made in NY” logo in their game’s packaging, title screen and/or game website. Find more info 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
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