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Helping Those Affected by the Wideload Closure

Posted on March 6th, by Heather Decker in Featured. No Comments

As you may have heard, local Wideload Games was shuttered as a part of the Disney layoffs.

The community has also pooled together to share links to various opportunities available at companies such as:

InContext – please email careers@incontextsolutions.com
Phosphor Games – folks in all disciplines are encouraged to email their resumes to jobs@phosphorgames.com
NetherRealm
Robomodo – please email info@robomodo.com
Wargaming
WMS
Zynga

Ryan Olsen has organized this information and more into a handy Google Doc, as well.

Additionally, Carrie Fowler is offering general help with resumes, etc. and will gladly connect people with opportunities at EA. Simply email her at cfowler@ea.com.

If you are among those affected, please be sure to join our IGDA Chicago Facebook group or follow us on Twitter (@IGDAChicago) so you can hear the latest about local events where you can network and find support.

Please reference our local developer list for additional avenues of communication and … Read More »


Chicago Developers Recognized at 2014 DICE Awards

Posted on January 24th, by Patrick McCarron in Chicago Game, Featured. No Comments

This year, three Chicago-based studios are nominated for AIAS’s 17th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards. The first two Chicago nominees are actually up against each other for the “Fighting Game of the Year” award. Nominated is the innovative two button fighting game Divekick from Iron Galaxy Studios and NetherRealm Studios’s DC Comics brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us. They are also up against Microsoft Game Studios‘ reboot of Killer Instinct for the award. Huge congratulations to all of them and may the best fighter win!

The third Chicago game that was nominated was World of Tanks for “Online Game of the Year“. The online multiplayer tank battle simulation game World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition was developed by WarGaming.net’s Chicago division WarGaming West. Best of luck to them in the highly competitive category.

We’d also like to give a hearty round of applause to Chicago’s … Read More »



Recap of “Kickstarting Your Dream Game” A Panel Discussion

Posted on January 20th, by David Sim in Events, Featured. No Comments

Several dozen people showed up at IADT (International Academy of Design & Technology) Chicago last Thursday for the “Kickstarting Your Dream Game” panel. Hosted by IGDA Chicago, the event brought together several of Chicago’s game developers to share and discuss the challenges, successes, and failures they faced in trying to fund their games through Kickstarter.

Panelists included Michael Mendheim (Mutant League Football), Dan Nikolaides (Project AWAKENED), Peter Sheff (Tetrapulse), Eric Shofe (The Curse of Shadow House), Craig Stern (Telepath Tactics), and Ryan Wiemyer (Organ Trail, Max Gentlemen). The editor-in-chief and co-founder of Chicago’s Sugar Gamers, Rebecca Rothschild, moderated the panel, asking several insightful questions that helped move the discussion along.

From indie to large budget, industry newcomers to seasoned veterans, the panelists’ diverse backgrounds and experiences kept things engaging throughout the event. Of the numerous excellent advice given, it was unanimously agreed upon … Read More »



Global Game Jam 2014

Posted on January 10th, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

Global Game Jam 2014 takes place January 24-26th and IGDA Chicago is proud to help support the local DePaul GGJ site. We’re looking for both eager participants and seasoned mentors so we can make this year’s edition of GGJ in Chicago even more amazing than last year!

How to Participate in GGJ 2014

To participate in the DePaul GGJ, please email Allen Turner (aturner8@cdm.depaul.edu) with the subject line [GGJ 2014], your name, and discipline focus (engineering, design, sound, UI, animation, production, etc.) There is a $50 fee for non-DePaul students. You will need to be cleared for participation by January 22nd, so don’t delay!

Mentor at GGJ 2014

We’re seeking mentors for all of Saturday the 25th. Simply email info@www.igdachicago.com by January 22nd with your preferred time, name, and discipline focus. As teams are scrambling to complete their games, you could be an invaluable troubleshooting … Read More »



Game Dev Holiday Mixer: Success!

Posted on December 28th, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

We’d like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who braved the cold Chicago weather to join us for the Game Dev Holiday Mixer on December 17th. Thanks to all of your support, we were able to raise $2,300 and collect a heaping box of toys for the Comer Children’s Hospital. Needless to say, the Chicago game development community is pretty awesome!

Thank you Kyle Bailey of Industry Night for collaborating with the IGDA Chicago Board on this fantastic event. Special thanks to The Emporium Arcade Bar for hosting the event, as well as offering the exclusive Drink+Token package, which gave our guests an opportunity to contribute to the cause while enjoying the drinks and games they love. Huge thanks to Wargaming West for buying each and every person who donated a Drink+Token Voucher, and for contributing to our donation total … Read More »



IGDA Chicago and Industry Night Present Game Dev Holiday Mixer for Charity

Posted on December 2nd, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

IGDA Chicago and Industry Night, two local game development groups who have been active since 2011, are collaborating on the 2013 Game Dev Holiday Mixer on December 17th at the Emporium Arcade bar, with the goal of raising donations for the Comer Children’s Hospital.

Proceeds from the sales of Drink+Token Vouchers will be donated to the Children’s Hospital. Everyone wins when attendees get the drinks and game tokens they love while helping the cause!

Additionally, buy-in for the Mortal Kombat 2: Fight for the Kids arcade tournament is only $5. The top fighters will take home great prizes, such as a Collector’s Edition of Injustice: Gods Among Us courtesy of NetherRealm Studios.

IGDA Chicago will be accepting donations to the Children’s Hospital throughout the event. The first attendees to donate toys or funds will receive a free Drink+Token Voucher courtesy of Wargaming West!

A … Read More »



IGDA Chicago Board of Director Elections – 2013 Candidates

Posted on November 25th, by Heather Decker in Elections, Featured. No Comments

Nominations for the 2013 IGDA Chicago Board Elections have closed and elections are about to begin.

We have 5 nominees running for 5 available seats on the Board of Directors. We have provided their candidate statements below so you may review who has stepped up to run.

If you are a paid IGDA member, please watch your inbox for voting instructions.

2013 Candidates
Heather M Decker-Davis

Candidate Statement

Chicago has a fantastic and diverse game development community and my goal is to keep bringing all of us together for great events so we can continue to grow and thrive as colleagues and friends. Inevitably, we will end up showing the entire country that the Midwest is a powerful force of creativity and determination. We can do so many great things as a united force!

In the coming term, I aspire to see IGDA Chicago continue to collaborate … Read More »






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