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Game Dev Holiday Mixer 2016 Recap

Posted on December 18th, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park on December 12th for an evening of good times for a good cause! Our amazing Chicago game development community came together and raised a grand total of $1,567 in donations for Comer Children’s Hospital. Your efforts have no doubt made this holiday season all that much brighter for patients and their families. Well done!

It’s become an annual tradition for IGDA Chicago and Industry Night to join forces and this year Kyle Baily hosted another amazing showcase of games including:

Real Winners
Battle Chef Brigade
Aerobat

Additionally, our fantastic sponsors made this a truly memorable event. Attendees feasted upon bountiful pizza courtesy of Young Horses and competed to win autographed copies of their hit game, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, alongside exciting raffle prizes such as a PS4 Pro system from Wargaming  and Telepath Tactics shirts from Sinister Design.

Eric Shofe and Ross Hersemann of the IGDA Chicago Board also brought … Read More »



2016 IGDA Chicago Board Election Results

Posted on November 28th, by IGDA Chicago in Elections, Featured. No Comments

The 2016 IGDA Chicago Board of Directors elections have drawn to a close after the call for nominations.

Two nominations were cast for three open seats on the Board:

Shekhar Dhupelia

Shekhar Dhupelia is the Studio Head for Wargaming.net, for both their Chicago and Baltimore offices.  Originally an engineer, Shekhar has worked in games for 15 years, getting his start at Sony back in the PlayStation 2 days, and has worked at several local companies in Engineering and Production roles including Midway, High Voltage, Studio Gigante, WMS / Scientific Games and now Wargaming for the past 3 years working with the World of Tanks team.  He has previous experience volunteering for the IGDA Chicago Chapter, and is focused on both growing the Chicago game dev scene while always pushing to improve quality of life for our current and future developers.

Heather M Decker

Chicago has an amazing … Read More »



2016 Elections: Nominations are Open

Posted on October 31st, by IGDA Chicago in Elections, Featured. No Comments

The 2016 IGDA Chicago Board Elections are just around the corner in December and our local IGDA members will be voting on three available Board seats. These newly elected Board members will join the two standing Board members in volunteering their time and energy to move the chapter forward in the direction they feel most represents the will of the membership and the good of the chapter.

At this time we would like to open the floor to nominations for these three openings on the Board.  Please consider your recommendations carefully, as the Directors of the organization are representative of you as the membership.

If you are nominating yourself, please send us a short candidate statement. If you are nominating someone else, please be sure to include complete contact information for your nomination.

There are only two requirements to be on the Board: … Read More »



2016 IGDA Chicago Elections

Posted on October 31st, by IGDA Chicago in Elections, Featured. No Comments

The 2016 IGDA Chicago Board Elections will be kicking off next month with nominations. Three Chapter Board seats are up for election this year.

Key dates:

November 1st – Nominations Open
November 22 – Nominations Close
November 25 – Polls Open
December 9th – Polls Close

There are only two requirements to serve on the IGDA Chicago Board: you must be a paid member of the IGDA in good standing and be able to commit to attending regular meetings.

Please email info@igdachicago.com if you have any questions about the upcoming election or are interested in joining our awesome crew of volunteers.



Game Dev Holiday Mixer 2015 Recap

Posted on December 23rd, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

This year marks our fourth rendition of the Game Dev Holiday Mixer and I’m pleased to share that it was a tremendous success thanks to everyone who joined us at the Emporium on December 15th and lit up the bar with glorious holiday cheer. IGDA Chicago and  Industry Night once again joined forces, supported by a cast of outstanding sponsors, for an evening of joyous gathering and good will. Our amazing Chicago game development community came together and raised a grand total of $1,779.56 in donations for Comer Children’s Hospital, complemented by a large box of toys. Your efforts have no doubt made this holiday season all that much brighter for the patients and their families. Well done, everyone!

Thank you Kyle Bailey of Industry Night for collaborating with us on this event, including organizing and hosting the amazing showcase of games. We also greatly appreciate all of the talented developers who took to the … Read More »



2015 IGDA Chicago Board Election Results

Posted on December 21st, by Heather Decker in Elections, Featured. No Comments

The 2015 IGDA Chicago Board of Directors elections have drawn to a close. A special thanks goes out to this year’s candidates who stepped up to run: Brian Eddy, Ross Hersemann, and Kevin Treski.

We appreciate the local IGDA members who took time to review the candidates and cast their votes.

Voting concluded on December 14th, 2015, and the newly elected Directors will officially take office on January 1st, 2016.

The elected directors are (listed alphabetically by last name):

Brian Eddy
Ross Hersemann

Congratulations to Ross and Brian, who will be joining Heather M Decker, Patrick McCarron, and Eric Shofe on the chapter Board.

We greatly appreciate Neal Sales-Griffin and Sheri Rubin’s contributions to the Board these past two years. Neal and Sheri will continue to serve on the board until the close of the year on December 31st, 2015.

Thank you to Tristin Hightower, Global Director of Operations for the IGDA, who assisted us with election correspondence and tallied the voting … Read More »



2015 Game Dev Holiday Mixer Preview

Posted on December 11th, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

Things are starting to get festive out there, which means it’s time for IGDA Chicago and Industry Night‘s annual Game Dev Holiday Mixer! Get ready for an evening of socializing, games, and merriment for game developers of all disciplines at the Emporium Arcade Bar, complete with tons of delicious food from NetherRealm, Wargaming, and Zynga.

Best of all, we’ll be raising donations for The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital — good times for a good cause!

The event starts at 7pm. NetherRealm and Wargaming will be kicking us off with tasty thin crust pizzas and savory Italian beef from Lou Malnati’s, so arrive hungry!

Shortly thereafter, developers will take to the stage to showcase a selection of amazing local games:

7:15-8:00 – We Are Chicago
8:00-8:45 – Dog Sled Saga
8:45-9:30 – Omni Bus
9:30-10:15 – Sausage Soccer

Around 9pm, Zynga will refresh the crowd’s pizza needs with a selection of outstanding pies from Dimo’s.

At 10:15pm, … Read More »






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