DePaul Global Game Jam

Posted on January 7th, by IGDA Chicago in Events, Featured. No Comments

Registration open now!

From DePaul’s Website:

A Game Jam is an event which brings together artists, programmers and designers to spend a weekend working together in intense game development and design. Why? To work with people you might not otherwise meet, to show off your skills and creativity and to get respect for making great and innovative games under extreme time constraints!

The DePaul Game Jam ’13 is the sixth annual game jam in Chicago and it will be held between Jan 25 – Jan 27 2013. The event is non-profit and it is organized by the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University.

Once again, the DePaul Game Jam is part of the IGDA Global Game Jam that takes place all over the world during (mostly) the same 48 hours. The Global Game Jam will start at 5:00p Friday, January 25, 2013 through 3:00pm Sunday, January … Read More »

Game Jam Survival Techniques

Posted on January 7th, by IGDA Chicago in Events, Featured. No Comments

Speakers: Ryan Wiemeyer (The Men Who Wear Many Hats), Kevin Zuhn (Young Horses), Dave Fulton (Jacksmack), Dan Loane (Wideload).

Want to participate in a game jam?  Looking for tips and tricks on how to survive one?  Or maybe you just want to hear old war stories from seasoned game jammers…

Come check this event out, where game jammers and game devs will talk shop on how to get through a game jam with a finished game and your sanity intact (sort of)!

IGDA Chicago and Indie City Games Collaborate

Posted on October 30th, by IGDA Chicago in Events, Featured. No Comments

Sponsored by Gree.

Working on a mobile game? Pitch us your latest build or GDD on the spot, for a chance to win swag and other cool prizes.

Gree is a leading mobile social gaming company that recently launched the open beta of their GREE Platform, a global platform that brings together developers and players.

Want to know more? Email us at

Come see:

Dave Engelberg (Director of Developer Relations) of Gree speak about their new “Gree Loves Indies” program!
Schuller Heinz, former art director at Day One Studios, will talk about developing the Top-20 XBox Live Indie Games title “Avatar Lazer Wars 2.”
Craig Stern will talk numbers for Telepath RPG: Servants of God. What worked to drive sales? What didn’t? What impact did pricing have? We’ll find out!
Kevin Geisler will talk about free and cheap tools for collaborating with other developers, and Jake Elliot … Read More »

How to Get to GDC for Free

Posted on October 17th, by IGDA Chicago in Events, Featured. No Comments

Students and educators: please join us for a presentation on the IGDA Scholarships program, including details about the program itself and how students can put their best foot forward when applying! Former IGDA scholars will be giving you their advice and hard earned knowledge.

Join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Flashpoint.


David Wolinsky Moderating “Chicago’s Summer of Arcade”

Posted on September 20th, by IGDA Chicago in Events, Featured. No Comments

Dave has been a friend and consultant to IGDA Chicago since basically the beginning, so I’m really excited to announce that he’ll be moderating our “Chicago’s Summer of Arcade” event on the 26th (if you haven’t yet purchased tickets, get them here).


David Wolinsky is an internationally published writer, critic, and the co-author of a book from The Onion’s A.V. Club, the straight journalism side of one of the nation’s biggest and most respected satire publications. He’s also part of the management editorial teams at NBC Chicago and and has nabbed all these positions without taking a single journalism class. His degree is in music business from Middle Tennessee State, which is why he also thinks anyone who wants to write for a living can, if they’re determined enough. He’s also working on another book, writing a handful of scripts (including an … Read More »

Epic Games Sponsoring “Chicago’s Summer of Arcade”

Posted on September 14th, by IGDA Chicago in Events, Featured. 1 Comment

I’m happy to announce that Epic Games is now sponsoring “Chicago’s Summer of Arcade.”  Free food and drinks will be provided.  Big thanks to Josh Tsui and Jared Steffes for making this possible.

Event Information

Dave Lang, CEO of Iron Galaxy.
Josh Tsui, President and co-founder of Robomodo.

Downloadable products are the future of the games industry; from the rise of platforms like Steam to console download services like XBOX Live Arcade (XBLA) and Playstation Network (PSN), the method by which we distribute games has changed dramatically in only a handful of years. Between July 18th and August 15th this summer, five lucky downloadable titles were included in an XBLA promotion called the XBOX Live Summer of Arcade. Those games were Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, Wreckateer, Dust: An Elysian Tale, Deadlight, and Hybrid. Out of those five games, two (Iron Galaxy’s Wreckateer and Robomodo’s … Read More »

Chicago Game Jam Sponsors

Posted on September 8th, by IGDA Chicago in Events, Featured. No Comments

I’d like to set some space aside on this website to thank this year’s Chicago Game Jam sponsors.

Game jam sponsors play an important part in ensuring the fun and competitive nature of the event. If this year’s lineup of sponsors for the Chicago Game Jam have anything to say for its quality, then we’re going to have one heck of a weekend! In no particular order, here’s a list of sponsors and what they’re contributing:

The Nerdery

Hosting: Our gracious hosts this year; thanks, guys!

Iron Galaxy

Prizes: Copies of Wreckateer


Prizes: Copies of Shroud


Prizes: Skateboard decks

The Men Who Wear Many Hats

Prizes: Organ Trail copies

Jellyvision Games

Prizes: Copies of the newest You Don’t Know Jack game on PS3

Slots are still open, but going fast for the Chicago Game Jam!  If you’d like to join us for a weekend of hardcore game development, sign up below!

Event Registration … Read More »

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