Running list of Chicago Video Game Groups


1. Voxelles: Chicago's Women in Game Development
Voxelles.com
- How to get in contact: Ask Sarah Sexton!
- audience: Supporters of women in the Chicago Video Games Industry

 

2. PETAL et al.
- hosted by PMac
Petaletal.org
- How to get in contact:  http://www.meetup.com/Indie-Game-Developers-Association/
- audience: Students in the entertainment technology arts industry

 

3. Sugar Gamers
- hosted by Keisha Howard
SugarGamers.com/category/gaming
- How to get in contact:  http://sugargamers.com/membership/
- audience: Supporters of women, racial minorities, queerfolk, transfolk, etc. in geek culture

 

4. Indie City Games
- hosted by Craig Stern
IndieCityGames.com
- How to get in contact:  Facebook Craig Stern
- audience: Independent game developers and indie game enthusiasts

 

5. Chicago Game Developer Industry Night
- hosted by Kyle Bailey
facebook.com/pages/Chicago-Game-Developer-Industry/167543256615467
- How to get in contact:  Facebook Kyle Bailey
- audience: Very laid-back game development professionals who want to blow off steam and nerd out in a social setting

 

6. IGDA Chicago
- hosted by Heather Decker
IGDAchicago.com
- How to get in contact:  info@igdachicago.com
- audience: Independent game developers and indie game enthusiasts

 

7. Ignite Gaming Lounge
- run by Sam Oanta
IgniteNetwork.com
- How to get in contact:  Go to 3341 N. Elston Ave.
- audience: Anyone who plays PC, Xbox, Playstation, or Wii + WiiU games
- Pay by the hour to play, pay for snacks & drinks

 

8. Bit Bash – Chicago Indie Games Festival
- hosted by Ryan Wiemeyer
BitBashChicago.com
- audience: Any indie game enthusiasts

 

9. Chi U3D
- hosted by Ben Perez
Meetup.com/Chi-U3D
- How to get in contact:  email Ben (ben@trinketstudios.com) if you have specific Unity-related questions or want to be added to the ChiU3D Slack
- audience: Unity 3D developers

 

10. Play for Change at DePaul University CDM Design Lab
- hosted by Professor Doris C. Rusch
PlayForChange.cdm.depaul.edu
- How to get in contact: Email PlayForChange@cdm.depaul.edu
- audience: Academic folks with an interest in games with diversity and inclusive design

 

11. Indie Video Game Developers Association
- hosted by Dave Fulton, Alisa Kober, Michael Henson, PMac
Meetup.com/Indie-Game-Developers-Association
- How to get in contact:  MeetUp.com, or go to Arlington Heights Memorial Library (500 N. Dunton Ave, Arlington Heights, IL) during a meeting
- audience: Very laid back professional and amateur developers who like to blow off steam and nerd out a bit

 

12. Indie City Co-Op
- hosted by Ryan Wiemeyer
IndieCityCoop.com
- How to get in contact:  Ask Ryan Wiemeyer
- audience: Very laid-back developers who aren’t offended by burps and fart jokes
- $200.00/mo to rent full-time desk space, free to visit
-$75.00/mo to rent part-time desk space

 

13. Chicago Game Development Meetup
- hosted by August Wasilowski, Pete Morano
- Meetup.com/Chicago-Game-Development-Meetup/
- How to get in contact: Meetup.com
- audience: Game developers interested in tech talks, game jams, networking and fun revolving around Unity 3D or Unreal

 

14. Console tournaments monthly
- hosted by Emporium Arcade Bar
- First Tuesday of the month
- How to get in contact: Ask Kevin Fair
- audience: Players of games online and in person in the Chicago area
Know any more? Let me know!


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