IGDA Sacramento Continues to Nurture and Define Growing Game Development Community
My fellow nerds,
2016, so far, has been one of the most emotionally intense & memorable years since its establishment in April 2013.
New freelance opportunities, start-up game studios, friendships, imaginations and, most importantly, new games are coming to life within our Chapter and beyond!
The results within our IGDA Sacramento Chapter, Sacramento Indie Arcade and our many Meetup sessions leading up to SIA have been nothing short of breathtaking. I am deeply & truly so proud of you all for the commitments & obstacles you’ve had to overcome and continue growing!
IGDA Sacramento continues to nurture & define the ever-growing Game Development community with our goal of establishing a full-on job market here in the City of Trees!
It’s beginning to happen!!!
Our 2016 Sacramento Indie Arcade had its strongest attendance numbers yet: 500+, 35 Game Developers (including 1 from San Diego!) & some of the most awesome professional speakers we’ve ever had the pleasure of hosting!
With new partnerships in the making (they will be announced later this year) and with our newly establishing Chapter Committee (more on that soon), our Chapter’s leadership further becomes forged within Sacramento & beyond!
And, of course, SIA 2017 will be here before we all know it!
With our upcoming Progressive Game Jam for 2016-2017, plus additional educational & networking meet-ups later this summer, we’ll be revamping & strengthening the direction, growth and milestones for aspiring teams to finish what they’ve started!
IGDA Sacramento is growing. Though, it has not been easy. Nothing ever is. That is entirely OK! Because it helps us value why we are here and who is helping make a difference, within this community, FOR the community...not just for themselves.
Through the obstacles, through the challenges, we remind each other every...single...day that we are here to empower our each other. IGDA Sacramento is here to help build, learn & share that wisdom together! Because WE HAVE GAMES TO MAKE! Right? Right!
Are you all ready to be a part of what’s next for the Chapter? Let’s dance.
Founder & Chair, IGDA Sacramento
JUNE EVENTS 2016
Game Jam Extravaganza
Saturday, June 11th; 11am to 6pm
Description: Before we get into the next Progressive Game Jam for 2016-2017, we felt it was a good idea to do a sort of "Pre-party" Game Jam to get our imaginations & ideas flowing!
Our theme for this game jam will be announced at the event!
Creating a Game Dev Hub Panel @ Wizard World Comic Con
Saturday, June 18th; 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Description: Local Sacramento game developers will be hosting a panel on Saturday, June 18th during Wizard World Comic Con. Artists, programmers, designers, musicians and game enthusiasts are invited to join us for an insightful chat on how you can play a role in the Sacramento game development community!
*A paid ticket to Wizard World Comic Con will be required to attend this panel.
The Rabbit and the Owl by Formal Sheep - The Rabbit and the Owl developed by Sacramento based indie game studio, Formal Sheep, was nominated at the 2016 #SacIndieArcade and will move on to participate at Casual Connect this summer in San Francisco! This game is a single-player or two-player co-op puzzle platformers which introduces an interdependent 2x2 dimensional landscape. The characters exist in a world in which a window for one is simultaneously a barrier for the other. You may help the Rabbit and the Owl navigate through the positive and negative spaces of mind-bending puzzles to discover secrets of the strange land that they are a part of.
Did you miss the Sacramento Indie Arcade? Read the article by Last Token Gaming! http://lasttokengaming.com/convention-coverage-sacramento-indie-arcade-gaming-expo-2016/
Do you play games? Great! Do you want to help kids at the UC Davis Children's Hospitalsimply by playing games? Awesome! Consider joining our Extra Life team! www.extra-life.org/team/SacIndieArcade
Our goal is to provide quality events that will help each of you thrive. Although there is no cost to be a part of our Meetup group (EVER!), there are benefits for professionals and students to become members of IGDA. Read more here: https://www.igda.org/?page=benefits. Did you know a portion of member dues are invested back to local chapters? Should you choose to become an official IGDA member, this will help us continue to host quality and diverse game development events.
As always, we want to know what YOU want to see in an upcoming IGDA Sacramento event! Let us know which past sessions you've liked, what you didn’t, what you want to learn and what events you’d like to see happen!
GAME ON, SACRAMENTO!
-IGDA Sacramento Board
Gabriel G. - Chairman, gabriel AT igdasacramento DOT org
Briana Aea - Vice Chair
P.S. Don't forget to check us out, follow, like and spread the Sacramento Game Dev love with our links below!
Extra Life: www.extra-life.com/team/SacIndieArcade