Important Advisory about Amazon’s Appstore Distribution Terms

April 19th, 2011

The IGDA has put forward the following advisory on Amazon’s store. Sounds like a classic case of signing pricing control of your app or game away, it’s a good read:

and a follow up response:

E3 for Free? Two upcoming SV IGDA and IGDA Discounts

April 13th, 2011

Upcoming Discount #1: For the Silicon Valley Fundraising event “Building a Better Startup”, there is a Discount code for you to use:
Enter SVF_GAME for $15 at

Upcoming Discount #2 If you are a member of the IGDA you can use that as one piece of info to gain FREE entrance at the famous E3 Expo, after April 25 it’s 20% off, see

Not a member of the IGDA? Well if you are usually planning to go to either E3 (or GDC either) it doesn’t make much sense not to be so join here

Welcome Simon Amarasingham as a new Silicon Valley IGDA Director

April 12th, 2011

The Silicon Valley IGDA is delighted to announce Simon Amarasingham will be joining the Silicon Valley IGDA as a Director.

Simon Amarasingham is the co-founder of dSonic, which has been supplying the game industry with audio for over 10 years. dSonic started from very small, humble beginnings but has grown to become one of the leading game-audio companies in the US, with credits on over 100 titles from AAA games such as Bioshock and Brutal Legend, to social/mobile games like Farmville. Originally from New Zealand, Simon is a classically trained musician who eventually discovered the game industry, where he was excited by the combination of creativity and technology

Thursday April 7 Monthly Meeting — Jorden Woods gives an Insider’s Guide to Fundraising in the Silicon Valley

April 6th, 2011

This month for our monthly meeting  serial entrepreneur Jorden Woods  will be stopping by to give us an Insider’s Guide to Fundraising in the Silicon Valley. This will be an especially good talk for those game and app entrepreneurs founding and fundraising or thinking of doing so.

Jorden is a successful Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur who has founded and led 3 high tech-focused companies over the last 15 years. As CEO and founder of his own startups, Jorden has raised over $48 million from Silicon Valley and global VCs and Angels, generated millions in revenue, and expanded his companies both nationally and internationally. Jorden has also advised dozens of startups helping them raise over $10 million in investment as well as drive millions of dollars in new revenue from existing customers and new channels. He has extensive experience in the mobile, Web, globalization, and online video gaming spaces and has developed significant networks in these areas.

Jorden Woods is currently President & Co-founder at Silicon Valley Fundraising and President, Managing Partner and Founder at Paradigms Consulting Group.

Come listen, say hello, talk games and munch April 7. Location: Garden Room, Coco’s at 7:30pm 1206 Oakmead Pkwy, Sunnyvale, California Details Here

Videos from SV IGDA at Google, thanks to Ken Humphries!

April 4th, 2011

A big thank you to Ken Humphries whose talents not only include deep management knowledge of the game industry and great advisor help but he also faithfully comes and videos many SV IGDA events.

Here is the video of Google’s Developer Advocate Ian Ni-Lewis

Here is the video of Mary-Margaret Walker of the Mary-Margaret Network

SV IGDA Game Technology and Career Night at Google March 16

March 10th, 2011


SV IGDA Game Technology and Career Night at Google

March 16 6:30PM

Register Here for Event

Greetings Game and Technology People! Wednesday March 16, the Silicon Valley Chapter of the International Game Developers Association is proud to present a night of new game and application related Technologies, Tools, Platforms and Game Demos lead off by a talk by Google Game Developer Liason Ian Ni-Lewis. But that is not all! We will also have a few things good for the soul and your career — a talk from the Game Industries premier connector Career Visionary Mary-Margaret Walker.

After the talks much of the evening will be devoted to interactive time at tables where you can chat directly with some of the game industries leading established and new and upcoming companies. Companies are here to show their latest tools, game demos and technologies for you to test drive. Some are also looking for potential team members.

Who Is this event for? — Game industry professionals and technology professionals (web clients/server and mobile and console developers). If you are interested in looking at new technologies, platforms and talking directly to companies developing and in some cases looking for new team members then this event is crafted for you.


ILIan Ni-Lewis, Developer Advocate for Games at Google. From client platforms such as Android, Google TV, and Chrome, to services like App Engine andYouTube,Google technology enables hundreds of titles each year. Ian will talk about these platforms and about the directions Google would like to take gaming in the future.

Mary-Margaret WalkerMary-Margaret Walker: CEO Mary-Margaret Network. If there was ever a hub of information about the game industry it would be Mary-Margaret Walker. She will be here tonight gracing us with her wisdom and accumulated deep experience in game industry careers. Her topic is career enlightenment, useful for any time of life and experience. There will be time for all important Q&A with Mary-Margaret.

Regular monthly meetup cancelled for March due to Google Event March 16

March 9th, 2011

Join us at Google instead this month

SVIGDA Meeting Night Thursday Feb 10, 2010

February 9th, 2011

Hi All this Thursday we have a guest speaker gamely presenting a demo of a game ideas in progress

Ever an avid gamer, Charles Kiptin enjoys making games to challenge his fellow gamers.  Now with the newly founded Decision Point Games, his degrees in English Literature and Computer Science serve him well in his dual role as game designer and programmer.

Decision Point Games was founded on the idea that the best games provide players with interesting choices. Those choices and decisions found in a game are ultimately determined by the players. The plan is to make great games. And for that we need great players — players like you.  With this in mind, we’ll explore the nature of games and the process that keeps us playing them. And just as every player is unique, so is every game.

Come and join us Thursday Feb 10 at Coco’s in Mountain View.

Time: 7:30PM

Location: Coco’s
1206 Oakmead Pkwy, Sunnyvale, California (408) 736-2895 ()
We are in the Garden Room

Global Game Jam January 28 to 30, 2011 — Local Hosts

January 20th, 2011

The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event occurring annually in late January. GGJ brings together thousands of game enthusiasts participating through many local jams around the world. GGJ is a project of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).

Cogswell College Hosting 2011 Silicon Valley Global Game Jam –The 2011 Global Game Jam – slated from January 28 to 30, 2011 – brings together thousands of game jam enthusiasts from all over the world. Each year the number of participating countries grows as does the number of sites available to participants. The College is pleased to once again be one of the Bay Area hosts for this exciting event. The Global Game Jam begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and ends at 3:00p.m. on Sunday. Go To Cogwell’s website to get more info if you would like to attend.

Here’s the link to register for the Global Game Jam 2011 hosted at Cogswell:

Thursday Jan 13, SVIGDA Meeting, Speaker Planning

January 12th, 2011

Hi All,

Come and join us at the new Coco’s location Thursday Jan 13th at Coco’s in Mountain View. Good news we have both a projector and screen available now, Santa was kind, and we want your input on speakers and general game talk fun and ideas for GDC parties. P.S. We will also talk about the larger upcoming Google event. Have some fun and share your ideas in our new location.

Time: 7:30PM

Location: Coco’s
1206 Oakmead Pkwy, Sunnyvale, California (408) 736-2895 ()
We are in the Garden Room