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The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is the world’s largest membership association for game developers.  

Our mission is to make game development a sustainable, fulfilling career for anyone with the desire to pursue it.  We have Chapters on six continents and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) led by developers around the world, all dedicated to supporting game developers at every stage of their career.

From aspirational game developer to veteran, hobbyist to expert, we work to help game developers worldwide by advocating for the interests of game developers, promoting constant improvement of the craft of game development, and, most importantly, connecting our members with their peers.  We work to empower every game developer to impact their career and the industry, and we would love to have you join us.

Why Join?

The IGDA gives game developers around the world a way to contribute to their community, boost their career, and make a lasting impact on their profession.

When you join the IGDA, you can:


Leverage a Global Network

  • Over 150 IGDA Chapters and Special Interest Groups around the world help you connect with potential employers/employees, technology & services, training & education, potential business partners, funding and much more.  IGDA Chapters and Special Interest Groups are a great way for members to contribute to the local game development community.

  • Meet and network with thousands of IGDA members, game industry professionals from around the world: developers in all disciplines including engineering, design, art, production, localization, QA, community management, marketing, public relations, human resources and recruiting, business development, management and more!

  • Attend IGDA Networking Events at game conferences like the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and Melbourne International Games Week.  IGDA members get discounts to conferences and exclusive events!

Access Exclusive IGDA Knowledge

  • NEW! The  IGDA Expert Resource Library is one of the industry’s biggest repositories of papers, abstracts, how-to’s, and presentations.  Find help with game design, leadership, production, project management, business & legal, publishing, and more.  Only available to IGDA members. (Launching June 2018)

  •  Take Advantage of speaking & exhibiting opportunities at IGDA- and partner-sponsored events. Present and share YOUR expertise at lectures, roundtables, and webinars.


Boost Your Career

  • Leverage the IGDA Career Center - a full-service portal for job searchers and career changers.  Find jobs, learn interview tips, get free help with your resume. IGDA Members receive access to the most current postings and can find and work with a career coach.

  • Need help and advice with your career? Your game?  Your start-up? Find a mentor within our vast pool of members or participate in an IGDA Mentor Cafe at industry conferences around the world.  IGDA members get exclusive advice from the industry’s most-celebrated experts.

Have a Voice

  • Join an IGDA Special Interest Group (SIG) to learn, share, and take action on key issues affecting you and the thousands of game developers around the world.  We have over 25 SIGs including: Analytics, Game Design, Women in Games, User Research, Blacks in Games, Games Education, Credit Standards, Latin Game Developers, and many more!

  • Participate in annual surveys to share your views on issues affecting your well being, your career, and the industry at large.  Survey results are shared with the media, corporations, and government agencies to improve their understanding of the games industry and highlight the issues important to you.

Save Money

IGDA members save significantly on software, books, events and other valuable professional resources.

  •  Save 25% on Unity Plus and 10% on Unity Pro
  •  Save 10-30% on passes to major industry events around the world such as Casual Connect, GDC, DICE, Reboot Develop, and many more
  •  Save 10% on the GDC Vault, a trove of over 20 years of videos, talks and slides given at the worldwide Game Developers Conferences
  •  Save 25% on game development books at CRC Press

Stay Informed

  • The weekly IGDA Insider Newsletter is a great round-up of the industry’s global news, IGDA Member Benefits, and upcoming events.

  • Login to the website for current news & information, forums, event calendars and access to members-only resources.

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