The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Announces Search for a New Executive Director
MOUNT ROYAL, NJ - February 2, 2009 -- The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) today announced that Jason Della Rocca will step down as Executive Director effective March 31. Having served the IGDA since September 2000, Della Rocca, who is departing to focus on a new venture, will assist the Board of Directors in the search for his successor. He will remain involved after March 31 to facilitate the transition process.
"Jason has tirelessly served the IGDA for nearly 9 years, and we are thankful for all that he has done for the community", said Jen MacLean, IGDA Chairperson and Senior VP of Business Development, 38 Studios. "We wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors and look forward to an exciting year for the IGDA."
During Della Rocca's tenure, the IGDA grew its membership from 500 to 15,000 members, expanded its network of chapters to over 70 locations worldwide, established the Studio Affiliation program now with 120+ engaged development studios, and advocated extensively on issues such as developer quality of life and games as a form of expression worthy of free speech protections.
"I am humbled and honored to have been a steward of the IGDA's mission," said Della Rocca. "Each day was a race to keep up with the passion and energy of members and volunteers in their drive to advance games. I am forever grateful for the enriching experience, and look forward to assisting the Board on a smooth transition."
The IGDA saw continued progress in 2008, realizing 17% membership growth, a second successful Leadership Forum, the establishment of the Global Game Jam with over 1600 participants, expanded efforts to advocate for standardized credits and a push for the continued recognition of developers via an awards partnership with the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.
The IGDA Board will appoint a task force to coordinate the search for a new executive director. Meanwhile, inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Principals only please.
About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
The International Game Developers Association is the largest non-profit membership organization serving individuals that 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.