The game industry converged on Los Angeles in June to once again participate in the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and once again the IGDA was there right in the midst of it! With great thanks to the ESA, the IGDA is provided a booth space in the West Hall lobby area for performing outreach to anyone interested in the organization and our mission. As usual, our Executive Director Kate Edwards was there to meet and greet visitors, hold meetings with partners and studios, with academic institutions, and of course, any IGDA members. The IGDA volunteers had a lot of interaction with attendees and did a great job representing the organization.
On the evening of 17 June, the IGDA held its annual Networking Event in the basement room of the historic Figueroa Hotel. In a relaxing atmosphere with a Moroccan theme (and without any blasting music!) industry professionals gathered to catch up with one another, connect, network and just enjoy a break from the hectic event schedule and exhibition floor. Some attendees have described the IGDA Networking Event as "easily the best evening event at E3", and this year was highlighted by a giveaway of high-end keyboard hardware, thanks to a generous donation by Razer.
The IGDA Scholars also had a great time at E3! Check out the Storify at this link: http://bit.ly/1CC1hym
If you or a student you know would like to be part of the IGDA Scholars program, there is still time to apply to be a Tokyo Game Show/CEDEC scholar. Applications close Monday, 6th July Japan Standard Time. Apply today at http://scholars.igda.org/how-to-apply
The IGDA greatly thanks its sponsors who supported our activities at E3 this year, including Intel, Tripwire Interactive, GTL Media, Birthplace Management Group, QED, BluBox Games, Razer, and the National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR).