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Our Mission

The purpose of the IGDA Student SIG is to help as many students around the world begin successful careers in the games industry.

The Student SIG manages all IGDA Academic Chapters, which are usually student-run organizations at universities, colleges, and other similar types of educational institutions. Academic chapters focus on cultivating the game development community in their school and local area. The Student SIG then connects each of these chapters with the global IGDA community, while also providing resources, guidance, and networking opportunities.

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Professionals: Volunteer as Mentors!

If you already work in the games industry and would like to help the next generation of game developers, we are always looking for more mentors! Many academic chapters are located in schools that don't formally teach game development, many are in remote or secluded regions, and many have trouble finding resources to learn from in their native languages.

The amount of impact that a mentor can make on a single community can be huge! Help make a difference and apply to be a mentor today by contacting

Students: Start a New Academic Chapter

To apply, fill out this form: Start an IGDA Academic Chapter

Why start an academic chapter?

Becoming an official academic chapter of the IGDA grants you:

  1. A free license to use the IGDA brand. The IGDA affiliation can help your chapter with attracting members, fundraising, bringing in speakers for your events, and creating alliances with other organizations or the government in your community.
  2. Access to the IGDA community. The IGDA Student SIG manages resources and events that you can use to connect with other chapter leaders. You can also reach out to IGDA HQ or your sister chapters to gain support and guidance.
  3. Eventbrite discounts on event management.
  4. Access to IGDA HQ and IGDA Foundation programs. Any benefits the IGDA or IGDA Foundation may grant chapters now or in the future will be available to you

Chapter Requirements

  1. Your chapter must be affiliated with a university, college, or a similar institution that is considered to be part of higher education, post-secondary education, or third level education.
    1. Note: the IGDA doesn’t currently have a system for recognizing academic chapters from other types of schools such as elementary school, primary school, high school, or secondary school. This may change in the future.
  2. Your chapter must have at least three officers who are paid IGDA members. The chair or president of the chapter must have an IGDA membership.
    1. Membership Pricing Details
    2. Benefits of Joining the IGDA
  3. Your chapter must have the following board positions:
    1. Chair
    2. Vice Chair
    3. Treasurer
  4. Your chapter must have a faculty advisor.
    1. This person is employed by the school, college, or university that your chapter is associated with, and they can verify that your chapter is indeed associated with your school.
  5. You have two options for naming your chapter:
    1. Your chapter name may be a combination of “IGDA” and the name or initials of your school. Some examples include: “UW IGDA,” “IGDA at UCSC,” “IGDA Harvard,” etc.
    2. If your organization has already existed for some time before becoming affiliated with the IGDA, then you may already have an established name, such as “UA GameDev Club” or “WVU Game Developers.” You may continue to use the same name for your chapter, but you must continuously promote your affiliation with IGDA in other ways, such as on your website’s banner, club logos, etc.

To apply, fill out this form: Start an IGDA Academic Chapter

Educators: Become an Academic Affiliate

Becoming an IGDA Academic Affiliate allows your school to purchase IGDA memberships at a reduced rate for your students, along with multiple other benefits. Learn more about the Academic Affiliate program.


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