IGDA Has Formalized First European Chapter

31 October 2012

IGDA Finland Signed Contract in September

MOUNT ROYAL, NJ – Oct. 31, 2012 – The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has made IGDA Finland the first chapter formalized as a legal entity inside Europe. IGDA Finland registered as an association under Finnish law and its relationship with the U.S.-based IGDA will be governed by the contract signed between the parties in September 2012.  The IGDA plans to continue their initiative to formalize other existing international Chapters in order to best serve its members.

IGDA Finland’s new status allows a greater proportion of funding and support to be allocated to their individual needs, better serving the interests of local members. As its first action as a formalized Chapter, IGDA Finland will begin expanding its service offering beyond Helsinki, starting with a network of IGDA Finland Student Club initiatives across the nation. IGDA Finland plans to eventually provide support to game developers across the country.

Dustin Clingman, Board Chair, IGDA commented, “As an organization, IGDA continues to seek out ways to help improve the lives and careers of our members around the world. With today’s announcement, we are excited about serving our International members directly in their local communities.”

The International Game Developers Association is the world’s largest non-profit membership organization serving individuals that create video games.  The organization has formal and informal chapters in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

“IGDA Finland wants to facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices, help new talent get into the local industry as well as attract foreign talent to Finland. In conjunction with Student Clubs we are able to drive regional development, support local game development hubs across Finland and promote entrepreneurship,” states Sonja Ängeslevä, Chair of the IGDA Finland chapter.

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ABOUT THE IGDA:

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is the largest non-profit membership organization serving individuals who create video games. The IGDA advances the careers and enhances the lives of game developers by connecting members with their peers, promoting professional development and advocating on issues that affect the developer community. These core activities advance games as a medium—and game development as a profession. www.igda.org

CONTACT:
The Bohle Company for the IGDA
Robert Brown
Robert@bohle.com
Tel: (310)-785-0515 x231

About IGDA Finland ry:

IGDA Finland ry is a legally registered association under the Finnish law. The mission of IGDA Finland is to promote the development of careers and professional skills of individual game developers (and individuals of related industries) based in Finland, and to further develop the international recognition of the Finnish game developer community.

CONTACT:

IGDA Finland ry
Sonja Ängeslevä
Sonja.Angesleva@igda.fi
Tel. +358 400 759 817


IGDA to Partner with Newly Independent GGJ Nonprofit to Produce Global Game Jam 2013

29 October 2012

MOUNT ROYAL, NJ — Oct. 29, 2012 — Continuing a five year partnership, the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and Global Game Jam Inc. (GGJ), a newly formed nonprofit, will combine forces to produce Global Game Jam 2013, a worldwide event fostering fun, creativity and innovation in game design, the weekend of Jan. 25-27, 2013.

“The Global Game Jam has become the preeminent annual event for the development of innovative game concepts,” said Dustin Clingman, Board Chair, IGDA.  “We are extremely proud to have helped make GGJ viable as a sustaining independent organization. Going forward, we look forward to working with the new nonprofit the founders have formed.”

Under the banner of the IGDA, the jam has seen considerable growth since its launch in 2008. The IGDA has mentored GGJ, helping it achieve record breaking successes, including a nomination for a Guinness World of Records for World’s Largest Game Jam.

Global Game Jam 2013 will be the first event under the new organization, with the IGDA continuing as a partner with a dedicated seat on the new board of directors.

The new Global Game Jam organization will be led by the team responsible for the previous editions of GGJ, Susan Gold, Gorm Lai, Foaad Koshmood, Zuraida Buter, Elonka Dunkin and Ian Schreiber. Groups interested in hosting an event can find more information at the GGJ site: http://www.globalgamejam.org

About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
In its 17th year, the International Game Developers Association is the largest non-profit membership organization serving individuals who create video games. The IGDA is committed to advancing the careers and enhancing the lives of game developers by connecting members with their peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on issues that affect the developer community. For more information on the IGDA, please visit www.igda.org.

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CONTACT:
The Bohle Company for the IGDA
Robert Brown
Robert@bohle.com
Tel: (310)-785-0515 x231


Board Blog Update – 10/08/12

8 October 2012

Hello IGDA Members!

The Board met last week and we approved the minutes from our August meeting, which may be viewed here: http://www.igda.org/board/minutes

We also discussed the status of our various projects (as mentioned here: https://igdaboard.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/board-update-09212012/). Some of the updates include:

  • Website Redesign – we are nearing the selection of the primary vendor.
  • Membership Program – progress is being made on auto-renewals and membership cards.
  • Fair Employment Agreement Project – the structure we’re developing will soon be sent out for feedback.

There were also updates on finances, day to day operations, and a few other items.

The last major bit of news is a bittersweet goodbye. Board Member Jane Pinckard stepped down from the Board, in order to focus on some exciting new projects she’s started (which we’re sure she’ll talk about when the time is right). We will miss her, but are excited to see what she does next. We wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors!

Jane’s absence leaves the Board Secretary position open, so the Board held a vote and unanimously decided to elect Sheri Rubin to that post.

Our next meeting will be held Thursday, October 25th. Watch this blog for the publication of the September minutes.

Continue to check here for more updates as your board works to keep this org running and growing.

Thank you for your membership,
IGDA Board of Directors