The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is the largest non-profit membership organization in the world serving all individuals who create games.
As an international organization, we are a global network of collaborative projects and communities comprised of individuals from all fields of game development - from programmers and producers to writers, artists, QA and localization. We bring together developers at key industry conferences, in over 90 Chapters and in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to improve their lives and their craft. We advocate on behalf of our membership to ensure quality of life, perpetuation of our craft and preparing the next generation of developers.Whether you're a student with a goal to become a game developer or a seasoned veteran, regardless if you're based in the U.S. or any country/region in the world, whether you're an indie developer or in a AAA studio, whether your primary platform is a PC, console or a tabletop - we welcome you home to the IGDA!
Mission: 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.
This mission is carried out in the following key areas:
Here are six examples to illustrate the IGDA and its members in action:
The IGDA relies entirely on the volunteer work provided by countless members. The IGDA empowers everyone with the means to positively affect their career and the industry. Please contact us if you would like to take advantage of, or dive into any of the above initiatives.) View our membership benefits and see what IGDA has to offer.
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GDC 2014 takes place 17 - 21 March 2014 in San Francisco, USA, and your IGDA is hard at work planning activities. See what we're up to!