Tom Buscaglia Elected Chair, IGDA; Justin Berenbaum, Jon Grande, Anne Toole Join Board

16 April 2014

MOUNT ROYAL, NJ ‐ 16 April 2014 – Tom Buscaglia was elected chair of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) during the April 2014 board of directors’ meeting. Also elected to officer positions were Jon Grande, secretary, and Ed Fries, re-elected treasurer. Dustin Clingman becomes chair emeritus.

Justin Berenbaum, Jon Grande and Anne Toole also joined the board in April as first‐term members.

Buscaglia, who returned to the board for a third term starting in 2013, said, “I think we have a great team this year which should make my tenure as IGDA chair that much easier. I look forward to a productive and fun year ahead for the IGDA.”

A new chair and new trustees were also appointed to the IGDA Foundation for 2014.

“As one of the founders of the IGDA charitable foundation, I am pleased to see Luke Dicken stepping up to take on the role I am vacating, foundation chair,” said Buscaglia. “As a charity by developers for developers, the IGDA Foundation has the potential to accomplish great things, not just for IGDA Members, but for everyone in the game development community.”

Dicken, who will now take over as chair of the foundation, was appointed to a 3-year term on the board of trustees while Fries was appointed to a 2-year term.

IGDA’s complete list of 2014‐2015 Directors:

  • Tom Buscaglia (Chair) – The Game Attorney
  • Jon Grande (Secretary) – Chief Product Officer & General Manager, Tap Slots Inc.
  • Ed Fries (Treasurer) ‐ Former VP, Microsoft Studios
  • Dustin Clingman (Chair Emeritus) – CEO, PlaysTogether
  • Justin Berenbaum – VP of Business Development & Strategic Relations, 505 Games
  • Luke Dicken – Founder, Robot Overlord Games
  • Sheri Graner Ray – Founder, Zombie Cat Studios
  • Sheri Rubin – Founder, Design Direct Deliver
  • Anne Toole – Writer, The Write Toole

Visit www.igda.org/directors for more information.

About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
In its 20th 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.

About the IGDA Foundation
The IGDA Foundation supports the mission of the International Game Developers Association, “To advance the careers and enhance the lives of game developers by connecting members with their peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on issues that affect the developer community,” through educational, scientific and charitable works. For more information on the IGDA Foundation, please visit foundation.igda.org.

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Dustin Clingman, First5 Games, Re-elected Chair Of International Game Developers Association

6 May 2013

MOUNT ROYAL, NJ 06 May 2013 – Dustin Clingman, CEO, First5 Games, was re-elected chair of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) during the April 2013 board of directors’ meeting. Also re-elected to their positions were Ed Fries, Former VP, Microsoft Game Studios, as Treasurer, and Sheri Rubin, Founder and CEO, Design Direct Deliver, as Secretary. Brian Robbins, Mobile Games Consultant continues in his role of Vice Chair.

Clingman, a long-time member of the IGDA, says he is excited to continue leading the board as the association continues to broaden its outreach and advocacy on issues that matter most to game developers.

IGDA continues to mature into an International organization with a focus on professional development and advocacy,” said Clingman. “We have an amazing Staff and incredible leadership on our Board. The future has never looked brighter for The IGDA!”

The IGDA Board of Directors also recently welcomed back Tom Buscaglia as a returning board member and Luke Dicken as a first‐term member. “Both Tom and Luke have proven themselves to be valuable contributors to the IGDA” said Robbins. “Their continued efforts for helping drive the IGDA’s mission forward will be invaluable to the org and the industry.”

IGDA’s complete list of 2013‐2014 Directors:
•  Dustin Clingman (Chair) – CEO, First5 Games
•  Ed Fries ‐ (Treasurer) Former VP, Microsoft Game Studios
•  Sheri Rubin (Secretary) – Founder and CEO, Design Direct Deliver
•  Brian Robbins (Vice Chair) – Mobile Games Consultant
•  Tom Buscaglia – The Game Attorney
•  Luke Dicken – Founder, Robot Overlord Games
•  Cordy Rierson, GPM, Microsoft Studios

The IGDA Board of Directors would like to thank all of the former directors and officers for their service to the association and all the IGDA members who voted in the most recent election.

Visit www.igda.org/directors for more information.

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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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


Dustin Clingman, Zee Games, Elected New Chair Of International Game Developers Association

12 June 2012

MOUNT ROYAL, NJ ‐ June 12, 2012 – Dustin Clingman, CEO, Zee Gee Games, was elected chair of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) during the board of directors’ annual meeting. Other positions elected in the meeting were Ed Fries, Former VP, Microsoft Game Studios, as Treasurer, and Jane Pinckard, Associate Director, Center for Games and Playable Media at UC Santa Cruz, Secretary. Brian Robbins, Founder of Riptide Games transitioned from Chair to the position of Chair Emeritus.

Clingman, a long time member of the IGDA, says he is excited to be leading the board on new initiatives.

“We are looking forward to pushing the organization forward in new areas and directions,” said Clingman. “We continue to grow our IGDA Scholars program with Develop Brighton participating this year. And we’re also enhancing our IGDA Summit event in July with new tracks and inspiring, thought-provoking keynotes.”

The IGDA Board of Directors also recently welcomed Fries and Sheri Rubin as first‐term members. “We had a strong set of candidates this year,” said Pinckard, “and we have a great board with a diverse and complementary skill set. We’re all looking forward to working with our new board members Ed and Sheri.”

IGDA’s complete list of 2012‐2013 Directors:
•  Dustin Clingman (Chair) – CEO, Zee Gee Games
•  Ed Fries ‐ (Treasurer) Former VP, Microsoft Game Studios
•  Jane Pinckard (Secretary) – Associate Director, Center for Games and Playable Media at UC Santa Cruz
•  Brian Robbins (Chair Emeritus) – Founder, Riptide Games
•  Wendy Despain – Writer and Designer, International Hobo Ltd.
•  Darius Kazemi – Director of Community Development, Bocoup
•  Cordy Rierson, Studio Head, Microsoft Studios
•  Sheri Rubin ‐ Founder and CEO, Design Direct Deliver
•  Coray Seifert – Director of Product Development, Slingo

The IGDA Board of Directors would like to thank all of the former directors and officers for their service to the association and all the IGDA members who voted in the most recent election.

Visit www.igda.org/directors for more information.

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.


New IGDA Board Officers

19 August 2010

At the monthly Board meeting today we elected two new officers to fill our vacant Secretary and Vice Chair positions. The new Vice Chair is Jane Pinckard and the new Secretary is Darius Kazemi (that’s me). The Secretary position was vacated when Brian Robbins became our new Chair last week. The Vice Chair position was vacant by design: it exists for six months, leading up to the next Chair election, slated for early Spring 2011, at which point the position remains vacant for another six months.

I’m looking forward to serving as Secretary. My role-specific duties include making sure that meeting minutes are taken and that they’re approved to be posted to the website for the public to see. I serve on the Executive Committee (along with the Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer) and also the Marketing and Communications Committee (MarComm). I’m also charged with ensuring that our records are in order.

The current slate of officers is:

Brian Robbins – Chair
Jane Pinckard – Vice Chair
Tom Buscaglia – Treasurer
Darius Kazemi – Secretary
Tobi Saulnier – Chair Emeritus

As always I can be contacted at darius@igda.org if you have any questions!