Special Interest Groups

IGDA special interest groups (SIGs) are global communities run by volunteer advocates.

Each SIG serves all individuals—from student to professional, indie to AAA—interested in a specific game development topic, issue, resource, or affinity group.

Types of Interest Groups

Advocacy

SIGs that focus on advocacy or social issues.

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Discipline

SIGs that focus on a particular element of game development.

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Affinity

SIGs that help game developers with similar backgrounds or interests connect with each other.

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Advocacy

Allies

The IGDA Allies SIG is a special interest group where game industry people from all walks of life come together to learn about the...

Anti-Censorship and Social Issues

The IGDA Anti-Censorship and Social Issues Committee is an all-volunteer advocacy group, fighting for the rights and responsibilities of game developers since 2000. Follow...

Climate

Gaming as an industry and culture has a huge impact on the environment. A research lab funded by the California Energy Commission released a...

Developer Credit

The IGDA Developer Credit Special Interest Group (SIG) promotes best practices for how credits are attributed, affecting career and awards prospects.  For qualifications and...

Game Accessibility

Founded in 2003, the IGDA Game Accessibility SIG is comprised of volunteers with a passion for game accessibility. We mean to make video games...

LGBTQ+

The IGDA LGBTQ+ SIG represents individuals in the games industry who are part of the queer community or who are allies to our community.

Mental Health

The IGDA Mental Health SIG’s mission is to promote mental wellness in game development workspaces by destigmatizing mental illness, prioritizing mental health, and supporting...

Discipline

Analog Games

Welcome to the IGDA Analog SIG. The lines between digital and analog game development become more blurred every day: board game apps, digital applications...

Free and Open Source Software

The Free and Open Source Software SIG is active in promoting the adoption of FOSS, Free Culture, and their management practices across the industry. ...

Game Art

WELCOME TO THE IGDA GAMES ART SIG IGDA Games Art Special Interest Group (Game Art SIG) recognizes that visual art created for video games (be...

Game Design

For game designers to become better game designers.

Game Education

2020 IGDA Curriculum Framework is our current project! University game programs tend to be viewed as modular units that can be measured using a...

Game Writing

Game writers include those in the game industry who write dialogue scripts, construct overarching narrative structure, produce documentation and articles, and a myriad of...

Games Research and User Experience

The IGDA Games Research and User Experience Special Interest Group (IGDA GRUX SIG) aims to improve games by improving the state of games user...

Human Resources

The Human Resources, Special Interest Group (HR SIG) is focused on building an “Inclusive not Exclusive” Global Community. Our Mission Statement follows: “We value...

Interactive Audio

Welcome to the Interactive Audio Special Interest Group! Since 1994, the IASIG has been serving the game audio community with standards, guidelines and free...

Learning, Education, and Games

The IGDA Learning, Education, and Games (LEG) SIG is a community of game developers, designers, educators, policy-makers, and entrepreneurs interested in the intersection of...

Localization

Mission: To provide a focal point and nexus for the growing number of game localization professionals in order to build community, draw together best practices...

Quality Assurance

  WE BELIEVE THAT QA IS A CRITICAL DISCIPLINE IN GAME DEVELOPMENT   Meet the Board: LINDSAY THACKER RIOT GAMES “I’ve always seen QA...

Romance and Sexuality

Welcome to the IGDA Romance and Sexuality SIG, a multi-disciplinary group focused on discussing romance, sex, and sexuality in games. Inspired by the original...

Serious Games

The IGDA Serious Games SIG serves as a focal point for discussion and debate on Serious Games for developers, academics, and others with an...

Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Realities

The IGDA VAMR SIG exists to facilitate the vibrant community of developers who are actively working or conducting research in the fields of Virtual,...

Affinity

Black in Games

The IGDA Black in Games (BIG) SIG is a community of diverse professionals in the game industry who come together for networking, friendship, professional...

Devs with Kids

The IGDA Devs with Kids SIG is a place where game devs who also have kids* can share stories, give advice, and commiserate as...

Games for Health

We support everyone at the intersection of games and health, including but not limited to games or game technology and techniques for treatment, for...

Indie

What is an “indie”? At IGDA, we define this any developer that is independently owned, regardless of industry or investor affiliations. If you are...

Jewish Game Developers

The IGDA Jewish Developers SIG aims to provide resources and foster community for Jews in the games industry. We encourage allies to join us...

Latinx in Games

A special interest group of the IGDA dedicated to increasing latinx representation across the game industry.

Student

We are the central community for students and aspiring game developers in the IGDA. Join our discord server for the fastest updates and to...

Unity

Mission Statement Support communications of all Unity Users Be inclusive (not just pros but the independent and solo developers) Make available Unity-internal and external...

Women in Games

The IGDA Women in Games (WIG) Special Interest Group (SIG) was formed to create a positive impact on the game industry with respect to...

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