Call for Sponsors

To further our mission to connect and support game developers in the province, Gamedev NL is issuing a call for sponsors. An information package is available on request. Please contact us to request further information.

Partner Invitation

Partner Invitation

Gamedev NL would like to invite organizations with common interests to partner with us. We have issued an invitation document with information about our organization, its aims, and our hope for building partnerships in the future.

Partner Invitation

Visit: MUN Computer Science

I went to MUN today to meet with Dr. Minglun Gong, the head of the Department of Computer Science at Memorial University today, to discuss their new undergraduate program specialization in Visual Computing and Gaming.

The new specialization presently includes courses focused on several areas relevant to game development, including graphics, game design, and AI. It sounds like an exciting addition to their curriculum, and promises to be a great addition to the industry here in the province.

Dr. Gong indicated that in addition to the new undergrad major and courses, there are more advanced topics such as shaders and mobile development covered in certain undergrad electives, and some topics are covered in more depth at the graduate level.

I took the time to invite Dr. Gong and the department as a whole to join us for our meetup on Tuesday. Hopefully some of those folks will come down and add to the discussion!

Press Release: Gamedev NL

Press Release: Gamedev NL

Leading up to our meetup on April 18th, we’ve gone ahead and issued a press release. Interested parties can download the release by clicking the link below.

Press Release

Fifth Panelist: Vincent Sobalski

I’m pleased to announce that Vincent Sobalski of The Pofeski Factory has kindly agreed to be on our State of the Industry panel at the April 18th meetup! I’ve known Vincent a few years now, and he’s been working determinedly on his game throughout.

I’m very glad to have someone from the indie side of the equation to talk about their experience in the province. I believe independent game development presents a strong growth opportunity for our industry here in Newfoundland and Labrador.

With that addition, our call for panelists is closed. Thanks very much to all the participants!

Building a Mission: We Want Your Ideas!

During my visit to Clockwork Fox today, we talked about what Gamedev NL should be and what it should aim to accomplish. This is a theme that’s near and dear to my own heart.

I’m hopeful, first and foremost, that we’ll help to foster more opportunities for aspiring developers to work in the industry, and for those who are already in the industry to connect with the wider tech and creative community in the province. I have several ideas for events and activities that we can run to achieve these purposes, both within this group and as a part of the wider community in the province.

With that in mind, I thought I’d throw it out there: What do you folks want to see happening with this community? What kinds of events would tickle your fancy? Who do you want us to connect with? What do you need more of to make your game development life better, easier, and more fulfilling?

Visit: Clockwork Fox

I just dropped over to Clockwork Fox’s office here in town. What a sweet little suite they have!

I talked to Ed and Seth over there, and they seem really excited to have a chance to be involved in the community. Ed has agreed to be our fourth panelist for the State of the (NL) Industry at the meetup on the 18th, which is awesome news! Clockwork’s a completely different beast again from our other panelists, so their perspective will very much be appreciated.

I’m going to try to find one more panelist, hopefully someone doing independent development, so if you know anyone, please point them our way. But with the people we have now, I’m confident that this will be a great opener!

 

CNA Video Game Art and Design visit!

I dropped over to the CNA campus on Prince Philip Drive  today to check out their new Video Game Art and Design digs. What a great spot!

Janice and Greg were kind enough to take me through what they do over there and show me the facilities, as well as talking about their ambitions for the program and the community at large. These folks have some big ideas, and I’m glad to have them coming to our first meetup to talk about the state of the industry in the province.

I’ll be interested to find out if any of the devs in the province have looked at the program. In particular, the “capstone” project, which can apparently take the form of a 6-week internship, seems like a valuable proposition. If what I saw today is any indication, this could be a great resource for developers in the province.

First Meetup!

I’m pleased to announce our first meetup will take place at 7:30PM on Tuesday, April 18th at Common Ground on Harvey Road.

We’ll kick things off with a panel discussion, which I (Mike) will be moderating. We’ll be joined by some special guests from the local community to discuss the State of the Game Development Industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.

We’d love to see you all, so come down, meet some people, and listen in on the panel!

Let us know you're coming!

State of the Industry: Panelists Wanted

Update: We have now filled our panel and this call is closed.

For our first meetup, we’re going to have a panel talking about the state of the game industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. We have a couple of panelists, but we still need a couple more folks to talk about the challenges and successes of the industry’s development thus far. If that’s you, or if you know someone who might be interested, drop us a line!