IGDA NC-Triangle has been going through a lot of exciting changes recently, including transitioning into a new Board of Directors, rebranding their artwork, and perhaps most importantly, hosting a charity fundraiser to benefit Take This Project.
Dozens of game developers from the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas congregated at The Baxter Barcade last week to worship at the church of Super Smash Bros. 32 competitors threw their hats into the ring, entering the sudden death tournament for a chance to win a fabulous cash grand prize. Each tournament entry and raffle ticket cost a mere $2, with half of the proceeds being set aside for Take This, and the other half for the tournament champion.
In classic fashion, at the beginning of the night one of the Nintendo 64 controllers was deemed to be unworthy due to an allegedly “sticky” joystick. An attendee, Louis Si-Wai Ta, generously offered to loan his own controller out for common use so the tournament could be allowed to continue. Louis then went on to win the entire competition, earning the cash prize and embodying the notion of instant karma.
Raffle prizes were entirely donated by local businesses Chapel Hill Comics and Expressions. Prizes included a 12th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver, a signed Brian Posehn poster, a DC One Million Omnibus, and a hardcover copy of Armada, which Ubisoft Community Manager Justin Kruger was delighted to win.
The event was organized, managed, and attended by the new IGDA NC-Triangle Board, headed by the recently appointed Chair, Ma’idah Lashani. Ma’idah is joined by Janelle Bonanno, the Editorial Director of Gaming at DEFY Media, Grant Shonkwiler, the Producer of Fornite at Epic Games, Joe Halper, CEO of Grit Games, and Brandon Huffman, an intellectual property attorney at Hutchison PLLC.
If you’d like to learn more about Take This, which seeks to inform the game developer community about mental health issues, to provide education about mental disorders and mental illness prevention, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness, then visit their website, http://www.takethis.org.