Regional Groups

Alberta

Interactive Arts Alberta

Previously Walkthrough Entertainment Society for the Interactive Arts in Alberta

Website: interactiveartsalberta.org
Communication Platform: Discord

  • Founded in 2014
  • Non-profit
  • Runs monthly meetups under the GameCamp banner
  • Organizers of Game Discovery Expo (GDX) 2015 and 2016
  • Helped develop the Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit in Alberta
  • Provides data to various groups

Alberta Makes Games

Website: albertamakesgames.com
Twitter: @ABMakesGames

  • Founded in 2018
  • Daily and monthly content updates
  • Organizer of Global Game Jam Calgary and Alberta Game Jam Calgary
  • Provides information to Calgary Economic Development, ESA Canada, Reboot Develop Red, Game Arts International, and Digital Alberta

Direct-Play

Website: direct-play.com
Twitter: @DirectPlayExpo

  • Founded in 2018
  • Organizes game development events:
    • Direct-Play Expo
    • Design and Game Awards
    • Design and Game Jam
    • Design and Game Showcase
    • Share XP

Calgary

Calgary Game Developers Association

Website: calgarygamedevelopers.com
Meetup: Calgary Game Developers
Twitter: @calgarygamedevs
Facebook: calgarygamedevelopers
Communication Platform: Slack

  • Meetup group founded in 2013
    • 830 members (Sept 2019)
  • Non-profit founded in 2015
  • Events organized by the CGDA
    • Monthly meetups/speakers
    • Weekly work sessions
    • Game jams

Calgary Unreal

Calgary Unreal

Meetup: Calgary Unreal

  • Meetup group founded in 2017
    • 128 members (Sept 2019)

Edmonton

GameCamp Edmonton

Meetup: GameCamp Edmonton
Twitter: @GameCampYEG
Facebook: gamecampedmonton

  • Meetup group founded in 2012
    • 1,137 members (Sept 2019)
  • International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Edmonton branch
  • Events organized by the IAA
    • Monthly meetups/speakers
    • Weekly work sessions
    • Game jams

#yegfemdev

#yegfemdev

Website: femdev.net
Twitter: @yegfemdev
Eventbrite: #yegfemdev
Twitter Hashtag: #yegfemdev

  • Founded in 2018
  • A monthly meetup for game developers who are of a gender minority as well as allies
  • Provides a safe space for developers to meet/connect from a place of dignity and mutual respect
  • Sponsored by Bioware

Lethbridge

Lethbridge Game Developers Society

Twitter: @GameDevYQL
Communication Platform: Discord

  • Founded in 2019
  • Organizes various events
    • Meetings
    • Workshops
    • Game jams

Student Groups

Edmonton

MacEwan Game Development Club

Website: macewangamedev.com
Twitter: @macewangamedev
Communication Platform: Discord

  • International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Edmonton branch academic chapter
  • Organizers of Press A to Start
    • A full day conference including panels and game showcase
  • Focused on professional/portfolio development for anyone looking to break into the industry
  • Works with other student groups to host seasonal community game jams

NAIT Game Creators Space

Website: gamecreatorsspace.org
Twitter: @GCSatNAIT
Communication Platform: Discord

  • Educating members on industry standards and practical knowledge to work for AAA companies
  • Providing a platform for alumni and student interaction, and involvement with the greater community
  • Hosted in a fun and relaxed space to meet and network with others, who also have a passion for games
  • Benefiting students, alumni, and community members with opportunities to participate in various events and conventions including:
    • Flexible month long Game Jams and fast paced Lightning Jams throughout the year
    • Showcases hosted every semester
    • Live streamed meetings and talks for greater accessibility
    • Active in additional community based events
  • General membership open to the public

U of A The Games Den

Previously Video Game Art and Design (VGAD)

Website: thegamesden.ca
Twitter: @gamesdenuofa
Facebook: The Games Den at the University of Alberta
Instagram: gamesdenuofa
Communication Platform: Discord

  • Core pillars are talk games, make games, and play games
  • Organize various events
    • Industry speaker series
    • Workshops spanning pre-production to release
    • Play games together to learn and apply a critical lense
  • Open to members outside of the U of A

Calgary

U of C Game Design Club

Website: gamedesignclubuofc.wixsite.com/website
Twitter: @UofCGameDesign
Communication Platform: Discord

  • Founded in 2015
  • Weekly events aimed to support local community
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