IGDA Has Formalized First European Chapter

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.



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

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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.


IGDA Finland ry
Sonja Ängeslevä
Tel. +358 400 759 817

2 Responses to IGDA Has Formalized First European Chapter

  1. Chris Tihor says:

    Reblogged this on IGDA Victoria and commented:
    Congratulations to IGDA Finland! Hopefully, this is the beginning of a trend towards closer ties between IGDA HQ and chapters across the planet.