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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