You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

IGDA Holding Mentor Sessions for Game Developers in Wake of Studio Closings

The International Game Developers Association will hold advising sessions for game developers affected by the string of layoffs in the last 60 days, executive director Jen MacLean shared in a blog post on Friday.

The IGDA will offer 30-minute virtual mentoring sessions via the IGDA Mentor Cafés to affected developers. Mentors will be individual volunteers in the game development community, according to MacLean, and will have the “explicit goal of helping game developers who have been laid off in the past 60 days get help as quickly as possible.”

Past IGDA Mentor Cafés have been a way for developers to be exposed to learning opportunities in their own communities, but this will be the first virtual IGDA Mentor Café.

The initiative is open to non-IGDA members, and those interested in mentoring or receiving mentoring can fill out a short form detailing what advice they can give or are in need of by Oct. 15.

“The Virtual Mentor Café is designed to help game developers who were recently laid off by connecting them to other people in the community who can help them find their next professional opportunity in games,” MacLean told Variety. “Whether it’s by providing a resume or portfolio review, giving advice on career opportunities, discussing freelance and contract work, sharing information on starting or working for an independent studio, or assisting the game developer in some other way.”

Hundreds of game developers are out of work after the layoffs at Telltale Games, Capcom Vancouver, Disney Canada, and others in the last few months. In the past 12 months, 10 major game studios have closed, making this a particularly difficult time for the game development community.

“The IGDA’s mission is to help game developers have sustainable and fulfilling careers,” MacLean said. “Whenever someone loses their job, we’re at risk of losing their experiences, wisdom, and insights as part of the global game development community.”

More Gaming

  • New 'Pokemon TV' Update Adds New

    New 'Pokemon TV' Update Adds New Full Episodes, Unlimited Downloads

    “Pokemon TV,” the free streaming app for “Pokemon” animation, received a massive user interface redesign with a swath of new content added to the service. The newly-revamped “Pokemon TV” app is now home to several seasons of the “Pokemon” anime series. Now, fans can watch every episode from series including “Pokemon the Series: Indigo League,” [...]

  • Nintendo's Unique Approach to Entertainment -

    Video Games Industry Reacts to Reggie Fils-Aime Retirement From Nintendo

    News on Thursday that Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring after more than 15 years with the company, led to an immediate outpouring of support on social media from other industry leaders. “All the best to Reggie Fils-Aime on the next phase of his life and career,” said head of Xbox [...]

  • Reggie Fils-AimeNintendo Switch Gaming Console Media

    Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime Retires

    Nintendo of America president and chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring on April 15, Nintendo announced Thursday, ending his 15 years with the company. He will replaced by Doug Bowser, NOA’s current Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” Fils-Aime said in a prepared statement. “It’s a [...]

  • Fortnite Battle Royale

    'Fortnite' Season 7 Overtime Challenges (Week Two)

    Season seven’s special overtime challenges are live in “Fortnite,” and that means new ways to earn Battle Stars and experience. By collecting more Battle Stars and upping their tier, up to a season maximum of 100, players can earn limited-time rewards like cosmetic outfits and XP boosts. (Collecting 10 Battle Stars will unlock one additional [...]

  • Blizzard Details Its New 'Hearthstone Masters'

    Blizzard Details Its New 'Hearthstone Masters' Esports Program

    Blizzard Entertainment wants to make “Hearthstone” esports more sustainable, entertaining, and accessible to fans. So, it’s created a new program called Hearthstone Masters that debuts in March. The first two parts of the new program are the Hearthstone Masters Qualifiers and the Hearthstone Masters Tour. The qualifiers are open to all eligible players who want [...]

  • 'Fortnite' In-Game Marshmello Concert Draws Nearly

    'Fortnite' In-Game Marshmello Concert Draws Nearly 11 Million Players

    About 10.7 million players showed up for the Marshmello concert in “Fortnite” on Feb. 2, breaking the game’s concurrent player count by about 2.5 million players, Epic Games tells Variety. The previous record of 8.3 million people playing at once was set during “Fortnite’s” in-game butterfly event in November. The game saw it’s best non-event [...]

  • HTC Vive Announces Focus Plus VR

    HTC Vive Announces Focus Plus VR Headset With Dual 6DoF Controllers

    HTC Vive revealed its latest standalone virtual reality headset on Thursday. The Vive Focus Plus upgrades the company’s existing headset by incorporating dual six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) controllers, promising users the same freedom as PC VR devices. Adding the second controller will also make it easier for developers to port existing PC VR content, while making it [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content