Beta Party 2 Year Anniversary
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Beta Party 2 Year Anniversary

Beta Party is celebrating its 2-year anniversary! Come check out an amazing after-work event that showcases the latest by Chicago's tech-creatives/entrepreneurs at Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park!

Sponsored by Jack Daniels and Titos Vodka.

RSVP in advance for free entry // $5 after October 10th // $7 Day of

Stay tuned for more details!

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Spooky Game Jam 2019
Oct
18
to Oct 20

Spooky Game Jam 2019

It's time for a Spooky Game Jam once again!

Supporters of diversity in technology, come celebrate a spooky game jam with IGDA Chicago, Sugar Gamers, and The Voxel Collective! 

Game Developers of all abilities in the greater Chicago area will gather at Ignite Gaming Lounge - Skokie to produce their own original games inspired by a to-be-announced theme. 

The event will begin with a brief orientation at 7pm on Friday evening. Participants are invited to jam at Ignite Gaming Lounge - Skokie until the facility closes Friday night. Participants can then jam from home/remotely on Saturday, as we will not have access to Ignite's event space during that time. On Sunday, participants are invited to return to Ignite to complete their work, submit their games to our itch.io page, and present their games to the group for feedback. 

For the latest event updates and discussion, check out our Facebook event page here.

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Schedule: (Subject to Change)

Friday at Ignite
Friday 6-7pm  - Check-in and Setup
Friday 7-7:30pm - Orientation & Explanation of Jam Rules
Friday 7:30pm-3am - Jamming

Saturday - Work from home

Sunday at Ignite
Sunday 12:00pm-3pm Jamming
Sunday 2-3pm - Branding Workshop with Jamie Sanchez
Sunday 3-4:30pm Game uploads and playtesting
Sunday 4:30 - 5:30pm Game presentations 

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What to Expect and What to Bring

Ignite Gaming Lounge is a HUGE space dedicated to all things gaming. There are VR lounges, rhythm game recording studios, and rows and rows of gaming pcs running everything from kart racers to competitive esports titles. There is also a full kitchen and bar! It is loud, crazy, and fun!

We will have a private space to work adjacent to the main game floor. You should bring whatever you need to design and build a game from start to finish. We HIGHLY recommend bringing a laptop with all your software pre-installed. Headphones, especially noise cancelling ones, are also recommended. We have plenty of power and internet connections. There is food and drink available on site for purchase while you're jamming. 

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Transportation:

Ignite Gaming Lounge is conveniently located at 8125 Skokie Blvd · Skokie, IL across the street from the Oakton-Skokie Yellow Line CTA Stop. From there riders can connect to Red and Purple Line trains and several bus lines.

-IMPORTANT - THE LAST TRAIN FRIDAY NIGHT DEPARTS AT 11:22PM- 

A full schedule of Yellow Line trains is available here so plan accordingly. If you miss the last train you will have to rely on rideshare, taxis, or other transportation to reach your final destination. 

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Thanks to our partners the Sugar Gamers and The Voxel Collective for helping us bring you this event. 

Sugar Gamers specializes in tech advocacy and inclusivity in gaming, geek and tech spaces. Founded as a community for female gamers, Sugar Gamers has evolved into a diverse group of trendsetters and aficionados within the worlds of technology, gaming, and the arts. Sugar Gamers was founded in 2009 when Keisha Howard went on a quest to find other women with geeky interests and ideas similar to her own. After developing a community for gals like her, Keisha found that Sugar Gamers appealed to underrepresented geeks and gamers from all walks of life.

The Voxel Collective is a Chicago-based organization fostering gender diversity in the video games industry. We’re creating positive change through a variety of events, workshops, and advocacy programs. Join us and other like-minded friends for networking, panels, game jams, and more!

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Special Thanks to Ignite Gaming Lounge, our gracious host for this event.

Ignite is Chicagoland’s premiere gaming experience. With locations in Chicago and Skokie, Ignite is the perfect place to game, eat, and drink with old friends while playing the newest games. Both locations feature the latest gaming technologies and extensive collections of the newest games. Plus, visitors have access to high quality food and drinks, delivered right to their seats.

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IGDA Chicago is dedicated to providing an inclusive, welcoming, and harassment-free experience for everyone. Our Anti-Harassment policy can be found at: http://igdachicago.com/code-of-conduct/

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CVGLS 2019
Oct
25
7:00 AM07:00

CVGLS 2019

The law is always a step behind technology. In particular, the legal profession has expressed extreme difficulty in addressing the technical and expressive qualities present in video games. Video games are subtly complex by their very nature, and do not seem to fit completely into any singular field of law. The fields of copyright, trademark, patent, constitutional, and business law have all been applied to video games in an effort to regulate and protect them. As often as not, as many conflicting applications of law emerge as congruent ones.

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The GDEX 2019
Oct
12
to Oct 13

The GDEX 2019

  • 400 North High Street Columbus, OH, 43215 United States (map)
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GDEX is the convention dedicated to a love of games and creative technology, located in Columbus, Ohio.  GDEX features a weekend expo showcase, combined with presentation sessions, artist alleys, raffles, tournaments, and Charity events. The GDEX expo is a curated showcase of some of the most exciting up and coming developers so that you can see the latest games before anyone else!

GDEX started in 2013 as a community event to bring together Ohio game developers to Connect with each other, Share their projects and technologies, and Learn from each other as well as industry professionals. It has since grown into the Premier event of its kind in the Midwest, drawing an audience from across the country with unrivaled quality in educational sessions and opportunities for individuals and small businesses to accelerate their growth. There truly is no other event like GDEX in the Midwest, and we are proud to be a part of making the community and industry in the area.

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Creating Supportive Communities in the Game Industry
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Creating Supportive Communities in the Game Industry

  • 5515 North Cumberland Avenue, Ste 810 Chicago, IL, 60656 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join Women at Zynga, zPride, and The Voxel Collective for a panel discussion on creating supportive communities around you, organized by and for women and LGBTQ professionals who are passionate about building inclusive spaces in the game industry.

Beer, wine, sparkling juice, and tasty bites will be available at check-in!

Please RSVP, as space is limited.

5515 N Cumberland Ave

Suite 810

Chicago IL, 60656

Located right off of I-90 and the Cumberland Blue Line stop. Free parking is available for drivers.

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The Fall Experiment 2019
Oct
4
to Oct 5

The Fall Experiment 2019

Fall Experiment is an immersive tech, art, gaming and music festival that convenes creators from all over the Greater Midwest. It is a diverse and inclusive festival that celebrates these intersections by hosting a multitude of experiences in specific tracks: developer and UX, product management, startup, tech and art, e-sports and gaming, and music.

The mission of Fall Experiment is to help us level-up and interact with technology, gaming, art and music the way we experience it – at the intersections.

IGDA Chicago will participate in this event by showcasing some local Chicago-made games on Saturday, Oct 5th! Contact IGDA Chicago if you are a local developer interested in participating in our showcase!

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Chimirus presents Demolition Night featuring PixelSquid
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Chimirus presents Demolition Night featuring PixelSquid

Do you design in Photoshop? Is getting usable stock images into Photoshop a huge chore? Are you looking to take your digital illustration skills to the next level?

Join Chimirus for their next Demolition Night featuring advanced Photoshop design techniques with PixelSquid! PixelSquid is a new tool used by award-winning concept artists, illustrators and designers all over the world.

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Industry Night: Dawn of Fall
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Industry Night: Dawn of Fall

You have a season and a few weeks until 2019 crashes into the ground on top of you and 2020 arises from the ashes.

Make it count!

See you there!

Game Dev Industry Night is a social gathering for game developers. If you're a game developer and you're interested in a social gathering of game developers of all types (design, programming, art, audio, QA, production, indie, professional, AAA, A, Big Indie, Big Indie Ruining Indie, etc), please come out and hang with us!

Disclaimer:
Industry night is not for pitching your company, game, project, school, kickstarter, charity or otherwise promoting yourself. Please be respectful of other developers when you show up and keep it casual unless explicitly asked. In short, don't be an asshole.

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Happy Hour for Esports Industry Professionals
Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

Happy Hour for Esports Industry Professionals

On September 24th, visit Ignite Gaming - Skokie for an evening of mingling, drinks, and gaming with other Esports Business Professionals from around the Chicagoland area!

Expand your business network over complimentary appetizers and Happy Hour Drink specials from Ignite’s full bar. Everyone who attends receives a free hour of gaming on the cutting edge Game Floor, in case you’d rather do your mingling over some (friendly!) competition. Throughout the evening, Ignite will be highlighting specific companies and professionals who are making waves and leading the charge in the blossoming esports industry.

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Minefaire 2019
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Minefaire 2019

  • 1551 Thoreau Drive North Schaumburg, IL, 60173 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Minefaire returns to Schaumburg September 21-22 to celebrate all things Minecraft!

IGDA Chicago will participate in the fun by showcasing some local Chicago-made games in the Indie Game Zone! IGDA members receive 20% off admission! Contact IGDA Chicago to receive your discount link, or if you are a local developer interested in participating in our showcase!

MINECRAFT Players and Their Families Unite at Minefaire to:

  • Meet MINECRAFT YouTube Celebrities

  • Compete in tournaments and build battles

  • Participate in the famed costume contest

  • Witness live stage shows

  • Learn from Official MINECRAFT Developers & MINECRAFT Education Global Mentors

  • Shop at the World's Largest Official MINECRAFT Merch Store

  • Score Minefaire event exclusives

  • Solve your way out of the MINECRAFT Escape Room

  • Experience MINECRAFT with Acer VR Mixed Reality Headsets

  • Show off your creativity in the LEGO building zones

  • and more!

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PixelPop Festival
Sep
14
to Sep 15

PixelPop Festival

  • St. Louis University Busch Student Center (map)
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PixelPop Festival is a game conference and expo in St. Louis, Missouri, that celebrates unique games and the many people who make them possible.

PixelPop Festival features independent tabletop, digital, and experimental games produced by local and national game creators. Two full days of diverse conference sessions from industry professionals are curated to equip you with creative tools and resources to make remarkable work that makes a difference. Plus, their official after-parties are designed to help you unwind after the conference and see more of what St. Louis has to offer.

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IGDA Chicago's End of Summer Picnic 2019
Sep
8
12:00 PM12:00

IGDA Chicago's End of Summer Picnic 2019

  • North Simonds Drive Chicago, IL, 60640 United States (map)
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The end of summer is upon us and that means it's time for IGDA Chicago's annual picnic. This year, the picnic will be held at Montrose Beach, where we'll enjoy delicious burgers, mac and cheese, and potato salad from Kuma's Corner!

Take a break from the screen, enjoy the picnic spread, and most importantly, hang out with folks from your local game development community! We'll be playing board games in the shade and enjoying outdoor activities together. If you have any tabletop or card game you'd like to bring, please do!

Please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions. We will have vegetarian and vegan options available.  

Location Info

Our group will be set up in the grass to the south of the stone bridge near N. Simonds Dr:

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IGDA Chicago is dedicated to providing an inclusive, welcoming, and harassment-free
experience for everyone. Our Anti-Harassment policy can be found at:http://igdachicago.com/code-of-conduct/

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Extra Life Chicago Hospital Game Day
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Extra Life Chicago Hospital Game Day

Come for an hour or all day long to game, fundraise, and celebrate!

Join us for a unique Extra Life experience at Lurie Children’s to see and feel the impact of your fundraising dollars at work. Spend the day gaming, meeting patient families, and learning more about all the ways Extra Life makes the hospital such a special place.

Price of admission? Commit to a fundraising challenge for the day and ask your friends and family for donations to show their support while you game For The Kids, With The Kids! We challenge every gamer attending the Lurie Children’s Game Day to set a $100 game day fundraising goal.

Together, we can show the patients and families at Lurie Children’s that this is NOT game over.

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Industry Night
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

Industry Night

Over here at Industry Night it's been a pretty good summer. If your summer wasn't good, maybe we can help make it better over a drink or two.

FYI: Crown is a 21+ bar.

We'll be hanging out in the front area of Crown Liquors. There are many food options nearby and you can bring it into the bar.

See you there!

Game Dev Industry Night is a social gathering for game developers. If you're a game developer and you're interested in a social gathering of game developers of all types (design, programming, art, audio, QA, production, indie, professional, AAA, A, Big Indie, Big Indie Ruining Indie, etc), please come out and hang with us!

Disclaimer:
Industry night is not for pitching your company, game, project, school, kickstarter, charity or otherwise promoting yourself. Please be respectful of other developers when you show up and keep it casual unless explicitly asked. In short, don't be an asshole.

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Bit Bash at MSI
Aug
17
to Aug 18

Bit Bash at MSI

  • Museum of Science and Industry (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Be part of an annual festival of interactive art with experimental, unique and collaborative games from global independent artists.

Play a hand-selected and artfully curated selection of more than 50 indie games. Get hands-on in a relaxing and approachable atmosphere for all ages as you experience unique controllers and hardware, the thrill of multiplayer games, and experiences you can't play at home that push the expansive boundaries of games. Celebrate long into the night with drinks, live events, tournaments and a thousand of your new best friends. That's Bit Bash, and this year it's coming to MSI for two days in August.

IGDA will be present showcasing games from its recent Retro Game Jam

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Retro Jam
Aug
2
to Aug 4

Retro Jam

  • DePaul Center for Digital Media (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

IGDA Chicago, Columbia's AlphaLab, and Depaul's JDE are teaming up with a classic game jam you don't want to miss!

Game Developers of all abilities in the greater Chicago area are welcome to join us at DePaul University August 2-4 to produce their own original games inspired by the Atari-era of gaming!

The event will begin with a brief orientation at 7pm on Friday evening. Jammers are invited to work through the weekend at DePaul, culminating in game evaluations and a game showcase Sunday Afternoon.

Select games will get the chance to be featured by IGDA Chicago at Bit Bash on August 17-18 at MSI.

Stay tuned for more details!

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IGDA Chicago is dedicated to providing an inclusive, welcoming, and harassment-free experience for everyone. Our Anti-Harassment policy can be found at: http://igdachicago.com/code-of-conduct/

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