Congratulations to our GDC Europe/Gamescom Scholar!

We are happy to announce that once again Scotland is being represented in the next crop of IGDA Scholarships!

This year sees Kirsty Keatch head out to Germany for both GDC Europe and Gamescom with an All-Access Pass, mentorship from an industry professional, and an unforgettable IGDA-organized itinerary.

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Kirsty is a Scottish game developer, creative programmer and sound designer based in Edinburgh. She’s interested in the role of mobile dynamic audio and the design of new mechanics for touch screen devices. She graduated with a First Class Honours in Music Technology BMus at Edinburgh University and is currently in her final semester of a Masters by research in Sound Design, developing a portfolio of games, that raided the toy box for inspiration, to present Katakata – a kinetic sound sculpture, Freq and Hedra – one touch games with a twist!

Congratulations Kirsty!


To find out more about the IGDA Scholarships programme or see the full list of Scholars, visit the website.

Edinburgh Game Symposium – Press Play

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130 – 530pm, Sat 6 August, Caird Hall (in the Marryat Hall), Dundee
Tickets £8/5 available here.

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Join us in the stunning Caird Hall as part of the Dare ProtoPlay indie gaming festival to explore an afternoon of game art and music exhibitions, showcasing digital media as entertaining and enlightening creative tools and instruments. With pieces and talks from Tinderbox Project’s Room to Play, Niall Moody & Mantra Collective with Dance of Whispered Truths, and Christos Michalakos’ Pathfinder.

The EGS brings professional game developers and game composers from around the world to share with us their thoughts about these fields as both forms of entertainment and art. PRESS PLAY |> will showcase interactive artistic productions as well as hear from the makers and creatives behind their work, featuring Christos Michalakos with his award-winning (NIME2016) audiovisual drumkit performance Pathfinder, Tinderbox Project Room to Play musical playful sculptures, and live interactive game music experience Dance of Whispered Truths with Niall Moody and Mantra Collective.

The event will run from 130pm – 530pm on Saturday 6 August, in the Marryat Hall, Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee.

Tickets are £8/5, available online here.

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Digra and FDG Looking for Volunteers

This year, Abertay University is proud to be hosting the first international joint conference of DiGRA and FDG. These two organisations are renowned in the academic world of games studies and development and their annual conference will be happening right here in Dundee. That means there will be lots of interesting international speakers, cool games related events and a great deal of networking happening from Monday 1st August to Friday 5th August.
To help to support the conference and it’s calendar of social events, we are in need of some volunteers to help welcome guests, direct attendees, support technology set-up and help everything really to run super smoothly. If you’d be interested in helping out with this conference, we would need commitment of your time. In return, volunteers will be able to attend the conference and/or the social events/networking on the days they are able to help out, will be provided with food and refreshments throughout, and will have our gratitude and appreciation – volunteers get a free t-shirt ☺

If you’re interested in being involved, more info and the sign-up for volunteering can be found here: http://digra-fdg2016.org/volunteers/

See the full conference and social programme here: http://digra-fdg2016.org/

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IGDA Scotland July Meeting – Save the Date!

Thanks to all who came to our June meeting in Glasgow, we heard some great talks about exhibiting at events from Andrew Dyce and Craig Fairweather (We Throw Switches), Steven Taarland (Insert Imagination) and Tony Gowland (Ant Workshop), chaired by Jon McKellan (No Code). We really appreciate you coming along and sharing your advice with everyone and making it such an informative event.

If you weren’t able to come then you can listen to the talks here.

There is also an excellent write-up of the event by Stephen McCallum on Gamasutra here.

This month we will be heading back to Codebase in Edinburgh on 19th July for another one of our regular monthly meetups. And this month’s theme is Audio! We will be putting together a collection of audio-experts to share with you their experiences and advice. There will also be the usual open-floor for announcements before the talks if you have any news you’d like to share.

If you would like to give a talk or want get in touch with us about anything to do with the event you can do so on info@igdascotland.org.

We will also be giving you another chance to get your hands on some free tickets to RESONATE – Glasgow’s upcoming eSports and gaming festival –  which we will be raffling off on the night.

Tickets for July’s meeting are free and available now!

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Please join us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with any announcements.

First Amazon Appstore Dev Day

The first Amazon Dev Day in Edinburgh takes place on Wednesday the 22nd of June at Codebase. The following blog post was written by the event organisers.

So why should you be part of Amazon Appstore’s first Dev Day in Scotland?

Okay – let’s get the basics out of the way – the event’s free and there will be food and drinks!
On a much more serious note, Amazon Appstore is making good its promise to help support and build dev communities across the UK with their first Dev Day (outside of London), taking place in Edinburgh on 22 June.

So what’s in store?
Registration starts at 9.30am, followed by talks and presentations from guest speakers including: Channel 4’s Games Commissioner, Colin Macdonald, Skyscanner’s Developer Advocate, David Low and STV Player’s Product Manager, Will Jones plus Amazon Appstore’s Mobile experts. There’ll be lots of opportunities for networking, checking out devices, putting your gaming skills to the test and then, to wrap up the day, there’ll be a couple of beers (on Amazon!) at a local bar.

The Amazon Appstore Dev Days – designed for Devs and Tech Decision Makers (or those simply curious about this world and hungry to find out more) have a strong technical content but also cover business issues. The aim is to help people build not just successful apps but also successful businesses.

So why should you be part of it? Simply put you can learn, meet the Amazon Appstore team and build your network whilst having fun!

Get involved. Further info and registration http://bit.ly/AppstoreDevDayEDI 

Shahid Ahmad Talk – Recap

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On the 24th May we were delighted to welcome Shahid Ahmad to Dundee, where he gave an inspirational talk about his phenomenal career in games and shared his advice for both established and aspiring game developers.

Shahid gave a heartfelt talk about his years in the industry, explaining how his fascination with early game consoles inspired him to learn programming at a young age in order to make his own games. Shahid talks about the love he had for programming at this time, and how it enabled him to maintain a degree of control in amidst childhood situations which were ultimately uncontrollable. After establishing himself as a talented game developer Shahid eventually moved to Playstation, where he worked as a Developer Relations Manager, spending many successful years meeting with developers and securing games for the platform. The talk was filled with anecdotal examples of Shahid’s own experience, which danced between both the comical and the heart-wrenching. Using standout moments from his career, Shahid shared his practical advice in regards to success, reputation and pitching, from the point of view of someone who has lived, learned and evolved during their career.

Shahid spoke candidly about his own ‘mistakes’ during his career and shared the wisdom that followed. For instance, the necessity to be nice and respectful when talking with peers and clients, to be able to deliver on the promises you make, and to allow yourself to evolve with the ever changing circumstances of life in order to be the best you can be.

We want to thank Shahid for sharing with us his invaluable experience and providing us with a wonderfully entertaining talk. We’d also like to thank our partners for this event; Abertay University and Henderson Loggie.

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IGDA Scotland June Meeting – Save the Date!

We will be returning to Glasgow on the 22nd June for one of our regular monthly meetups. Join us at Megabytes for the usual talks and announcements, then stick around afterwards for a drink and natter with everyone.

Our theme this month is Exhibiting and we would like to get a good mix of people together to discuss their tips and experiences covering all manner of showcasing at events. This could be from small indie games, right the way through to big-budget AAA projects. And if you are one of the people reading this thinking “hey, I’m going to be doing a bunch of that at E3!” then we would love you to come along and share your experience. Just get in touch with us at info@igdascotland.org.

We also have a special giveaway this month. Our lovely friends at RESONATE – Glasgow’s upcoming eSports and gaming festival –  have given us some free tickets, which we will be raffling off on the night.

Tickets for the meetup to be released very soon! In the meantime you can follow any updates on Twitter or join us on Facebook.