Nordic PocketGamer Connects

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PGConnects

Get an IGDA discount of 40% ! https://pgchelsinki2015.eventbrite.co.uk/?discount=IGDADen40

Do you also think the danish summer is too hot? Want to take a weekend away from the heat and go for a nice, cooler weather? Then join Pocket Gamer’s conference PGConnects conference in Helsinki from the 7th to the 8th of September 2015.

It’s organised by the team behind Pocket Gamer, PG.Biz, AppSpy (the ones who bought drinks at the last bar meetup). If you are making a mobile game (or maybe a VR game for the new mobile platforms) then this is the place to be!

The event brings together the whole spectrum of the mobile games ecosystem, but is especially focused on the indie developers with a whole host of benefits including:

The Big Indie Pitch – chance to pitch your game face-to-face with media, publishers and experienced devs to get instant feedback, press attention and maybe win prizes!
Developer Showcase expo space - show off your games and discover the next big thing
Celebrate the best of the Nordics – Meet the Finnovators and other leading companies from the region.
Indie Inspiration track - Learn from expert indies such as Rami Ismail, Creative Mobile and the developer of Her Story who’ve made the grade. Discuss how to create and deliver new ideas and to keep your studio afloat
Network like crazy! Our free pitch and match meeting system allows you to organise meets and make the most of your time at the show!
Meet the press! We’ll have at least 20 press outlets represented at the show inc PG, AppSpy, Guardian, Develop plus the local press and a couple of You Tuber
Learn about China market + Meet publishers and investors - We have a number of leading publishers from China attending the event as well as the East meets West track dedicated to explaining new markets and opportunities.

Connect and have fun! After hours networking drinks and parties to let your hair down and have fun (You might end up in sauna… )
Plus there’s a whole host of other stuff as well to check out over the 2 days including a main expo, 5 other conference tracks (looking at everything from publishing in Asia to acquiring and monetising users plus looking ahead to emerging tech like mobile VR and wearables).

Check out http://www.pgconnects.com/helsinki for more info!

Gamedev bar meet-up – Summer cooldown edition

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Summer drinks

The Danish “Summer” is not letting many of us concentrate on work. IGDA Denmark and Pocket Gamer would therefore like to invite game developers of all shapes and sizes to the first Copenhagen bar meet-up of the season.

These events are meant to be open gatherings where everyone can join in for beers or sodas, meet other developers, reunite with friends, and exchange ideas.

Everyone is more than welcome to join, so bring games and colleagues!

This time we have Chris James, Managing Director of Pocket Gamer, visiting. He would love to meet some of the local (mobile) developers, so come in and say hi. Both IGDA Denmark and Pocket Gamer will be buying a few rounds of beers around 17:30, so being on time is recommended ;-)

Place: “The Dubliner Downtown”
Ny Østergade 14, 1101, Copenhagen K
(Formerly The Bishops Arms – not the Dubliner on Strøget)

Time: 17:30 – 20:00

Facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1483586908620369/

 

IGDA is sponsoring w00t- Copenhagen play Festival and we have 4 free full festival tickets for you!

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IGDA has the pleasure to sponsor w00t, Denmark’s first and biggest festival for play and games in the public space.

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It’s full of sugar and spice and everything nice, including board games and talks about play and games but also the so called Playful Constructions- human sized installations and work of art, with plays and games incorporated.

It works like this: be one of the first 4 people to comment on our Facebook post with a CAT PHOTO and we’re giving you a free full festival ticket.

Among the perks of joining the festival is also the party on Saturday, with a Concert Game that combines the 8-bit sounds of old game boy with physical play and 5 other games spread throughout the venue.

The event takes place May 29-31st of May at Frederiksberg Søpark.

You can read more about the festival at the official w00t – Copenhagen Play Festival website http://w00t.dk/

 

Get a scholarship to attend Shayla Games and the VR Game Jam with IGDA Denmark

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Have you heard of Shayla Games? It’s Denmark’s newest game development event, which enjoyed a huge success after its first run last year in May 2014.

This year, it’s only getting bigger, and with a strong focus on VR to boot!

With a program full of speakers from Oculus VR, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Simplygon and more, a Virtual Reality game jam, boat races (yes, you read right) and more, the second edition of Shayla Games is shaping up to be quite an amazing experience.

So IGDA Denmark has teamed up with Shayla Games to provide a scholarship to enter the game jam! 

As an IGDA Denmark scholarship, we prioritize people who have helped out at previous events such as Nordic Game Jam and Unity Nights, but we still urge you to apply for this scholarship via this online form.

The event will take place May 22-24th 2015, over the weekend, at Aalborg University Copenhagen. That’s the same place as the last few Nordic Game Jam events.

Sign up now and we’ll reach out to you later during the week!

You can read more about the event at the official Shayla Games website at www.shaylagames.com

New board, renewed energy and ambitions

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Board-2015

Last May 5th, IGDA Denmark held its annual General Assembly to vote for a new board and discuss future plans for the association.

After a second meeting to begin planning the roles of each new board member and which areas we should focus our energies in, today we are happy to announce our new board for the 2015-2016 period!

Chairman: Anchel Labena
Vice-Chairman: Tim Garbos
Treasurer: Guo Yu Pan
Executive board members:
Rune Drewsen
Mikkel Rasch Nielsen

Substitutes:
Jesper Taxbøl
Emil Johansen
Monica Sircu
Michał Królikowski

We will be making a series of new announcements shortly, including ways all of you can reach out to us with proposals, as well as communication channels through which you can also be an active member of the IGDA Denmark association. We have plenty of ideas and new initiatives to help boost the Danish games industry that we will want you to be a part of. In the meantime, you can reach each one of the board members using the email addresses in our Meet the Team page.

Stay tuned for updates!

General Assembly for IGDA Denmark (Foreningen af Spiludviklere i Danmark)

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UPDATE: The date for the General Assembly has been moved to May 5th at 19.00. The reason for the delay is because that will allow us to close the previous fiscal year at the end of April.

It is my pleasure, after a successful Nordic Game Jam, to call for our annual general assembly.

It will be held Tuesday the 5th of May 2015, from 19:00 at:

Knapnok Games

Pilestræde 43, 3. floor

1112 København K.

Our bylaws state the following agenda:

  1. Choice of moderator.
  2. Choice minutes taker
  3. Report of the Chairman
  4. Treasurer’s report and its approval
  5. Set membership fee
  6. Election of auditor and deputy auditor
  7. Election of Board
  8. Proposals
  9. Possibly

Proposals need to be sent in written and actionable form to the board (info@igda.dk), no later that 2 weeks before the assembly.

Kind regards

Jesper Taxbøl

Chairman

Game Audio event in Copenhagen – Wwise Tour Europe 2015

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Are you interested in sound design for games or already working in the games industry in an audio-related position?

The leading developer for game audio middleware, Audiokinetic, has announced that they will be coming to Copenhagen on their European tour for 2015. Even better, they have invited everyone for free (with limited seating) to join in for a talk about their professional Wwise software on February 5th 2015 from 14.00 to 19.00.

They will be showing some case examples from the game Assassin’s Creed IV – Black Flag and how Wwise became the tool that allowed them to create true immersive audio experiences.

The speakers are Aldo Sampaio, Audio Director and Alexis Rousseau-Dupuis, Sound Programmer at Ubisoft Entertainment, making this one talk not to miss.

The talk is aimed at sound designers, media composers and also game developers and intends to have attendees walking away from the event with inspiration on how to apply these techniques on your own games.

While the event is free to attend, seating availability is limited.

So sign up as soon as you can to ensure you have a spot!

You can find more information about the talk at www.audiokinetic.com/en/wwisetour2015/

Unity Nights: Pimp my game

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How do you turn a game from this into that in under one hour?

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That’s exactly what Tim Garbos will be showing on October 15th at Aalborg University Copenhagen for the next session of the Unity Nights that starts at 18:00.

Titled “Unity Nights: Pimp my Game”, Tim will be showing everyone how to take a simple-looking build of a game into something far more visually pleasing and engaging in just under one hour by using a series of tricks, tips and adjustments that you can later on apply to your games in a simple way to achieve different effects.

You can actually see the results yourself in this web build of the game in which you can switch between “boring” and “fancy” graphics with a press of the SPACEBAR key.

If you want to, you can also sign up on the Facebook event page here.

This talk is part of the Unity Nights series where each session will focus on a different aspect of game development. We will be announcing more of these talks soon, so stay tuned!

Want to be a core organizer for #NGJ15?

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New year, new edition of Nordic Game Jam. And it’s time to make a call to all of you who want to be part of organizing the event for 2015!

This time we are having an online sign-up form where those interested can apply for specific core roles in the organization, and then the board of IGDA Denmark, our parent organization, will make the selection according to the responses.

This is not a call for volunteers to help during the event! That is something that will come later down the year. Instead, this is for filling in the main roles that will be working from now on and until a bit after the event is finished to make sure that everything goes as perfect as possible. And that includes managing sponsors, organizing ticket sales, doing PR, setting up the talks and workshops… It’s a small team of 5 to 7 people and we need your commitment to ensure that next year’s Nordic Game Jam is even better than the last!

2014 was a huge success (500 participants!!!) and we want to see the same level of excitement and passion that the organizers put last time.

So if you are up to the challenge, please let us know by filling in this online form!

On October 10 we will be announcing the final group, which will be briefed on the outline of the event (budget, size of the venue, etc.)

Conference ticket + bus ride to [Select/Start] PLAY for 190 DKK

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There’s a new games conference around, and this one is BIG! In fact, we dare say this is probably Denmark’s biggest games conference to date, with over 20 speakers, both from the AAA games industry and indies, and an expo with 25 games showcasing some of the most creative uses of alternative control methods, new gameplay mechanics and just simply fun games.

It’s called [Select/Start] PLAY and it takes place on October 3rd in Viborg, Denmark.

And we are sponsoring a bus from Copenhagen to Viborg and back for just 190 DKK!

While it’s the first year this conference is being held, there’s no denying that the organizers at The Animation Workshop have put together an impressive line-up. There’s well-known industry figures such as Dan Adelman, who until very recently worked for almost 9 years at Nintendo of America. There’s Martin Hollis, who created the insanely well-regarded GoldenEye and Perfect Dark on the Nintendo 64. Mike Dailly, who worked on Lemmings and GTA when he was at DMA Design before it became Rockstar North. Shawn Robertson, Lead Animator for Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite. Bjørn Jacobsen, Sound Designer for EVE: OnlineRyan Green, creator of the heart-breaking That Dragon, CancerEline Muijres, producer at GameOven which creates new physical game experiences like Bounden and Fingle. There’s Dajana Dimovska, Mata Haggis, Eva Gaspar, Ed Cooke…

The list goes on and on to cover everything in games from game design lectures to how to protect your IP. And that is before we even get to the w00t GameClubbing event at night at the Games Expo site next door.

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Some of the featured speakers at [Select/Start] PLAY

Put simply, this is one incredibly packed event. And it’s not even expensive at all, with normal tickets running at 120 DKK and students getting in for free.

But we know a lot of people are worried about having to travel all the way to Viborg for the conference. Some don’t know how exactly to get there, and many don’t want to bother with finding a place to stay.

Which is why IGDA Denmark is sponsoring a bus from Copenhagen to Viborg specifically for this event!

We have partnered with the organizers of [Select/Start] PLAY to make sure that those in the Copenhagen area (or even those coming from Sweden!) can have it as easiest as possible to join the conference.

What we are offering is a round bus trip from Copenhagen to Viborg and back included with a full conference ticket for the most affordable price we could reach: 190 DKK.

The bus we are sponsoring will leave from Copenhagen at 5 am on October 3rd and will arrive to Viborg in time for the conference to start.
Then you will be able to stay for the expo and the party before the bus picks everyone up again at midnight to return to Copenhagen (arriving at 3:30 am). We imagine most of you will take a nap in the bus.

There’s only 40 seats available for this bus though! So we suggest you go and get them before they run out!
You can get the tickets at www.selectstartplay.org!

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