February 2023 Update

Feb 1st, 2023 by Tim Cullings

Hello Indies!

Hope you had a good start of the new year, time is flying fast (as always). We’ve got some big conferences coming up soon, so the year is already kicking in the gear!

Upcoming Events

Global Game Jam 2023 Kickoff Party is taking place on Feb 3, 5-9pm at Pacific Science Center. We will Kick off the event with a mixer for discussing the theme, pitching our ideas, and forming our teams oh.. and also PIZZA! You will also be able to participate in the opening on our Discord.

This is our biggest annual game jam. Devs across the globe will have 48 hours to make a game! If you are interested in our Global Game Jam, be sure to Sign Up Right Here! We usually hit our maximum capacity far too quickly!

Then join us on Saturday February 4th from 10 am -6:30 pm and Sunday February 5th from 10 am – 4 pm for some in-person jamming at AIE in the Armory.

You can also jam along with us on Discord. Final presentations will be broadcast on Twitch on Sunday at 7pm.

Dice 2023 Summit is taking place Feb 21 – 23 in Las Vegas, here’s the website with all the info. If you want to kick off the year with some talk panels, awards, networking and travel, this is an event for you.

And if you’re feeling even more adventurous, Taipei Game Show will take place Feb 2-5 in Taiwan. Here’s the official info page.

PG Connects Seattle is back from March 16-17,2023 at the Grand Hyatt. More info. We will have details about free/discounted passes as the event gets closer.

Disclaimer: PGC is promoting talks about Blockchain/NFT gaming that we will not be taking part in nor endorsing. Seattle Indies is not receiving compensation for our involvement in PGC nor are we paying for the privilege of being involved.

Game Developer Conference is taking place March 20-24 in San Francisco. The annual event brings the game development community together to exchange ideas, solve problems, and shape the future of the industry across five days of education, inspiration, and networking.  Click Here to read all about it and get tickets.

FYI if you want to get a list of all upcoming game event shows and get ready early, The Indie House has published this fantastic list of upcoming festival that’s exactly that. Well worth a bookmark!

Monthly Events

The Eastside Meet & Drink is happening at  Eastside Beer Works on Feb 6, at 7pm (note no January event)! Keep in mind it happens  on the first Tuesday of every month. It’s time to get together and swap stories. Put down your keyboards and brave the outdoors. Let’s meet for a drink, a bite to eat, and some good conversation!

Seattle Indies Social IRL will take place on Jan 21, 7-10:30pm at Optimism Brewing as always! Join us in Capitol Hill for some well-deserved mingling, drinks, and socialization! Make some new friends, catch up with old ones, and find out what the community’s up to. Patreon supporters at the $5/month or higher tier get a free drink ticket, see an organizer to get yours or sign up at the event.

Feedback Circle is taking place Feb 8 at 7pm on Our Discord.  Get some real responses to what you have been working on from game creators in our community like yourself. Here’s all the info on how to sign up!

Diversity Collective+ Coffee Chat is taking place on Feb. 18, 12pm – 2pm at Tailwind Cafe. Come to network, socialize, and discuss issues related to diversity and inclusion in game development! Folks that identify as an underrepresented minority in the game industry are welcome.

The Game Club this month will take place on Feb. 15, 7 PM – 9 PM and the game is Dusk Falls. What a book club is to a discussion of literature, this event is to a discussion of game design. Every month, we agree to play a game, then meet to discuss and analyze its design and presentation.

The Writer’s Room is skipped this month! Bring your scripts, flowcharts, character bibles or whatever you’re working on to share and get feedback on your storytelling.

Indie Co-working Support Group  in-person will take place every Saturday,  from 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM PST, at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment.  Masks will be enforced and vax cards will be checked at the door. Seattle Center wifi will be available for use. Please bring everything you need to be productive. The online Coffee Break session will still be available to anyone who isn’t ready for in person events yet or doesn’t have the ability to attend the in person event. We will be meeting every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at AIE going forward. We have also added a Co-working voice channel in Discord for people to use any time they want a quiet space to work alongside their peers.

Note that ISG will have extended hours during the weekend of Global Game Jam (Feb 4th/5th) for people who want to jam together in-person. Saturday Feb 4th will be 10-6:30 pm and Sunday Sept 5th will be 10-4 pm. Snacks and drinks will be provided both days.

Indie Coffee Break – Once a week, take a Coffee Break with our Discord community, and chat with your local game devs! Meet new folks. Talk about games. Share your work. Ask for help / feedback. Commiserate over problems. Collaborate on solutions. Give high-fives. We’re a weekly social work group for game devs of all levels and disciplines. Join us on Discord every Saturday from 1pm to 7pm! Drop by anytime; folks usually drop in and out throughout the day. Coffee Break also happens on an impromptu basis throughout the month so if you see folks hanging out in the channel feel free to drop in and join the conversation.

Local Dev News

Max O shared a 2 year special video, a Duke Nukem Forever Review!

Harassment Policy, AAPI, Black Lives Matter, and Resources

Seattle Indies stands with the AAPI community. We are here for our members who have been affected by the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes both locally and nationally. For further resources to educate yourself on the issue and how to take action, here is a useful link: https://anti-asianviolenceresources.carrd.co/

Seattle Indies is having in person meetups again and we need everyone to get vaccinated and boosted against the COVID-19 virus as soon as you are able. The Washington State Department of Health has this website for information on where you can get vaccinated in your area.

Seattle Indies believes the stories of the victims of sexual harassment and assault in the games industry that have been shared. We strongly condemn the actions by people in power preying on the dreams of vulnerable people trying to make their way in the industry and strive to build an inclusive community that welcomes all minorities to provide a safe environment and a better vision for the game industry.

While our code of conduct states a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any kind we are especially sensitive to the daily challenges faced by womxn due to the ingrained sexism that has existed in the structure of the games industry for far too long. We are actively working to build a better community of game developers and we all need to do better.

Additionally, Board Member August Belhumeur has offered to be a personal resource for anyone who needs help, someone to talk to or some guidance on next steps if you have experienced harassment in the industry either at our events or elsewhere. She can be reached at august@seattleindies.org.

Our friends at Take This Org have compiled valuable resources for anyone in immediate need of professional help for their situation.

Lastly, Seattle Indies and Diversity Collective+ support Black Lives Matter. Here are some resources compiled by Diversity Collective+ for how you can offer support, whether this is financial, contributing to petitions, preparing for protests, or getting informed. If you have additional resources, comment below and we will add them.

As always, keep an eye on our Discord for any last-minute news and discussion, and let us know about any projects you’re working on that you’d like shared on our Steam or Itch collections or tweeted about from  @SeattleIndies!

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