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Chicago Perspectives on Game Industry Unionization

Posted on April 30th, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

On April 25, 2018, IGDA Chicago facilitated a roundtable discussion on the topic of unionization in our local game development industry, with the goal of sharing key points and perspectives from the community. Roughly 35-40 attendees with a variety of backgrounds and experience levels participated in this open forum. The three discussion questions presented and attendee responses are noted below.

Based on your experiences in the Chicago game industry, what are the primary issues that need to be solved?

Crunch
Exploitation of Recent Grads and Contract Workers

very low wages or unpaid internships

Lack of Severance Assistance

assistance post-layoff via compensation (including unused PTO and extended healthcare benefits,) placement services, referrals, resume services

Exploitative Labor Practices

offering a lower wage or position upon layoff, or otherwise attempting to skirt labor laws
wage theft, including delayed or unreceived payments

Non-competes and inability to work on personal work/projects or game jams outside of work
Hiring practices

including diversity at studios, promotional ability within the company, mobility within … Read More »



Game Dev Holiday Mixer 2017 Recap

Posted on January 7th, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park on December 12th for an evening of good times for a good cause! Our amazing Chicago game development community came together and raised a grand total of $972 in donations for Comer Children’s Hospital. Your efforts made this holiday season all that much brighter for patients and their families. Well done!

It’s become an annual tradition for IGDA Chicago and Industry Night to join forces and this year Kyle Bailey hosted another amazing showcase of games including:

Codemancer by Important Little Games
Cosmo’s Quickstop by Big Sir Games
Ruby & Majesty: Treasure Team by TheWzzard

Additionally, we all enjoyed delicious food from Antique Taco courtesy of Level Ex and a group of lucky charity raffle participants went home with fantastic prizes from NetherRealm, including Injustice 2 and Mortal Kombat X games and swag.

Overall, everyone had a great time while helping kids and families at Comer Children’s Hospital this season. Thank you, everyone, and Happy Holidays!



2017 IGDA Chicago Board Election Results

Posted on November 26th, by Heather Decker in Elections, Featured. No Comments

The 2017 IGDA Chicago Board of Directors elections have drawn to a close after the call for nominations.

Two nominations were cast for three open seats on the Board:

Ross Hersemann

I am an attorney, writer, and gamer.
I am the Founder of Loading Law, a Chicago-based law practice, and provide legal counsel to video game developers and entrepreneurs in the tech sector. I am also the Organizer of the Chicago Video Game Law Summit and an Adjunct Professor of Video Game Law at DePaul University. I speak frequently on hot topics in law and technology and my book on Video Game Law will be published in 2018. I also serve as Co-Chair of the CBA YLS Creative Arts Committee, Board President of the VGA Gallery, and for the last two years, as a Board Member of IGDA-Chicago.

I began my term with IGDA-Chicago when I was … Read More »



IGDA Chicago Presents: Extra Life 2017 Recap

Posted on November 17th, by rhersemann in Events, Featured. No Comments

Thank you to everyone who joined us on November 4th & 5th for Extra Life 2017!

This event was definitely one for the record books. Through the inspiring enthusiasm of our attendees, and the invaluable support of the Chicago video game community, we raised over $2,289 in donations for Extra Life! On an even larger scale, we were part of more than 700 participants in Chicago and northwest Indiana that raised over $133,295.89 for the kids treated at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

Highlights of our event included: live streams of dozens of games, a stirring speech from Aaron Conn about Extra Life and the children it helps, and a race to raise the most funds amongst our top participants which culminated in an epic raffle prize award ceremony!

We couldn’t have done it alone. With games, food, and prizes generously donated by … Read More »



2017 Elections: Nominations are Open

Posted on November 1st, by Heather Decker in Elections, Featured. No Comments

The 2017 IGDA Chicago Board Elections are just around the corner in December and our local IGDA members will be voting on three available Board seats. These newly elected Board members will join the two standing Board members in volunteering their time and energy to move the chapter forward in the direction they feel most represents the will of the membership and the good of the chapter.

At this time we would like to open the floor to nominations for these three openings on the Board.  Please consider your recommendations carefully, as the Directors of the organization are representative of you as the membership.

If you are nominating yourself, please send us a short candidate statement. If you are nominating someone else, please be sure to include complete contact information for your nomination.

There are only two requirements to be on the Board: … Read More »



2017 IGDA Chicago Board Elections

Posted on October 29th, by Heather Decker in Elections, Featured. No Comments

The 2017 IGDA Chicago Board Elections will be kicking off shortly with nominations. Three Chapter Board seats are up for election this year.

Key dates:

November 1 – Nominations Open
November 22 – Nominations Close
November 27 – Polls Open
December 11 – Polls Close

There are only two requirements to serve on the IGDA Chicago Board:

Paid member of the IGDA in good standing
Able to commit to attending regular Board meetings

Please email info@www.igdachicago.com if you have any questions about the upcoming election or are interested in joining our awesome team of volunteers!



Game Dev Holiday Mixer 2016 Recap

Posted on December 18th, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park on December 12th for an evening of good times for a good cause! Our amazing Chicago game development community came together and raised a grand total of $1,567 in donations for Comer Children’s Hospital. Your efforts have no doubt made this holiday season all that much brighter for patients and their families. Well done!

It’s become an annual tradition for IGDA Chicago and Industry Night to join forces and this year Kyle Bailey hosted another amazing showcase of games including:

Real Winners
Battle Chef Brigade
Aerobat

Additionally, our fantastic sponsors made this a truly memorable event. Attendees feasted upon bountiful pizza courtesy of Young Horses and competed to win autographed copies of their hit game, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, alongside exciting raffle prizes such as a PS4 Pro system from Wargaming  and Telepath Tactics shirts from Sinister Design.

Eric Shofe and Ross Hersemann of the IGDA Chicago Board also brought … Read More »






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