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IGDA NYC Game Dev Digest – September 2023

New York – New York City

| 7 Sep 2023

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

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Thursday, September 7th, 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

  • The 8th annual Game Devs of Color Expo is kicking off on September 27 at 11am ET, and the team has provided 10% off tickets with code gdocIGDANYC for the IGDA NYC community! Start planning your official itinerary and we hope to see you there!

On the Horizon

  • 1UpState is a new Developer Expo coming to the Albany Capital Center on October 21st, 2023!

  • 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.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor has requested the IGDA’s assistance with a program that is important to the nation – the Occupational Information Network (O*NET®). The research team at O*NET is aiming to identify occupational experts (OEs) for the occupation of Video Game Designers.

    • For O*NET data collection purposes, Occupational Experts usually have five or more years of experience with an occupation. They may also have experience as a supervisor or trainer as well as the expertise to rate the occupation on tasks, knowledge areas, work context factors, and work activities.

    • Occupational experts will be asked to complete O*NET questionnaires to provide information on their field of expertise. Their contribution to this program will ensure that the occupational information provided in the O*NET database is current and accurate.

    • Examples of the questionnaire can be found here, and if you select “Video Game Designer” in the occupation box, you can view a sample questionnaire.

    • If you’re interested in supporting this initiative, please complete the interest form here.

  • 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!

  • Pathfindings 2023 – Speaker Submissions – The IGDA is looking for people from the global south interested in speaking at our upcoming Pathfindings Conference!

  • If you still haven’t completed the 2023 Developer Satisfaction Survey, it’s not too late! All individuals from the game industry are encouraged to participate in the survey – it’s available in 7 languages. Your work, your experiences, & your voices matter. Take the survey 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, September 26th @ 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

  • Did you miss any sessions at the Games for Change Festival in July? They’re available now on the G4C YouTube Channel! Dive into an immersive playlist featuring Keynotes, Talks, Fireside Chats, and Panels from the event.

  • SixOneIndie provided some great coverage of Play NYC! Head over to their coverage page and check out what games really impressed them. Including projects featured on the Play NYC Steam Page!

  • Playcrafting is working with The Mayors Office of Media and Entertainment to put together a promotional video of games made in New York! This is a great way to get free marketing and promotion of your game, as well as show that you’re proud to be making games in New York. Fill out the form here

  • Celebrate this year’s GDoCExpo with brand new merch designed in collaboration with Shannon Wright and Bryce Oquaye. Also in honor of GDoCExpo 2023, everything in the shop is 23% off for the entire month! Check out the full shop here

  • Hot Jam Games recently spoke to our friends at GUMBO to learn more about how they became a unique non-profit space for game developers to work, connect and collaborate! Check out the full article here

  • Read more about the Hostos Game Design students recent paid summer internship at Other Possible Games featured in the Bronx Times!



  • Playing Oppression: The Legacy of Conquest and Empire in Colonialist Board Games by Mary Flanagan and Mikael Jakobsson is now available to read as a free download from MIT Press Direct!

  • 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. Featured in the Selected Indie 80 at Tokyo Games Show 2023!

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.

Monday, September 4th

Street Fighter II Karaoke at Wonderville – Infinite Loop presents another edition of their unique event format. You have the opportunity to join in a Street Fighter II tournament where the background music of every stage is played by a live band.!


Wednesday, September 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.


Thuesday, September 7th

Spookfish/Curving Tooth/Revenge Body/Lawra Clark at Wonderville – Album and videogame release for the Spookfish’s Bear in the Snow! Featuring Revenge Body, Curving Tooth and Lawra Suits Clark!!


Friday, September 8th

FMV Jam NYC Onsite – Make an “FMV game” in a weekend– aka a game featuring “full motion video”. Whether it’s green screen footage, stock footage, or photos of yourself and your fellow jammers, anything that combines the real and the digital in fun & weird ways!

Smash Bash at Wonderville – Smash Bros Ultimate will be setup to play all night long, with @lije.mo live mixing the visuals directly from attendees’ gameplay!


Saturday, September 9th

Monthly 2 Hr GameJam Club at Wonderville – Each month, join folks at Wonderville and make short games using simple to use game engines!


Friday, September 15th

Speed Friending & Board Games with EGD Collective – Join EGD Collective at NYU for speed friending, board games, and pizza!


Tuesday, September 19th

Action Design Network NYC: Come Out & (LEGO Serious) Play! – Join other NYC-area behavioral science enthusiasts and explore play, what it means, why it matters, and how to get more!


Wednesday, September 20th

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.

Long Island Game Dev Virtual Get Together – This is a great opportunity to network with game developers on Long Island, share your work, and talk about all the challenges of Game Dev

Thursday, September 21st

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


Friday, September 22nd

EGD Collective 2023-2024 Kickoff – Learn about what the Esports & Game Design Collective at Hunter has in store for this year, and how to get involved!


Tuesday, September 26th

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

Wonderville’s last Tuesday of the Month Playtest – Come to Wonderville to playtest in production games! No signups required.

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


Wednesday, September 27th

2023 Game Devs of Color Expo – Featuring conference talks & panels, dev interviews, virtual video-chat networking, a job board, grant awards, webgames, Steam Sale, and the GDoCExpo Direct! Get 10% off tickets with code gdocIGDANYC


Thursday, September 28th

Brooklyn Experimental & Electronic Music Meetup – The Brooklyn Experimental and Electronic Music Meetup kicks off its free July showcase event with a talented and eclectic local lineup of performers!

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!


  • Submissions are now being accepted for the interactive and immersive cycle of the 2023 Peabody Awards. To begin an application, click here. The deadline to submit is Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

  • 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


  • Submissions for the Magfest Indie Video Game Showcase are open! Submit your game by September 10th

  • The Game Developers Conference (GDC) Summits and Game Career Seminar (GCS) Call for Submissions is open August 24 through September 28, 2023. Submit your proposals here

  • Brooklyn Arts Council’s Arts in Education invites dynamic, experienced and creative Teaching Artists for after-school and in-school residencies in New York City public and private schools, Kindergarten through high school. Find more info and apply here!

  • Crazy Talented Asians and Friends and Flushing Town Hall have an open call for animated shorts (10 minutes or less) made by Asian artists and Asian American artists!

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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