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A Day of Unity
Event ID: 1032574589
Microsoft Irving Office (Dallas)

7000 TX-161
Irving Texas 75039
United States
Meal: Yes
Product(s): Microsoft Visual Studio 2013, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.
Audience(s): Developer Generalist.

Join Microsoft and Unity for a “Day of Unity” at your local Microsoft office. We are holding a combination event for both beginners and advanced builders! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn about Unity, the Windows platform and to network with like-minded developers! 

9:30 AM Publishing Games on Windows Start the day by learning the process and requirements to publish your game to both the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store and why you should care about bringing your games to the Windows platform. Unity skill level: beginner & expert
10:30 AM Introduction to UnityIn this workshop, you will be guided by Microsoft and Unity experts through learning the toolset and building a 2D game and exporting it to Windows and Windows Phone. Beginners may walk away with enough fundamental knowledge to bring their own game ideas to life. Unity skill level: beginner Unity Porting LabIn this lab, you will receive expert assistance from Microsoft and Unity to port your Unity games to Windows and Windows Phone. Come prepared with your pre-existing game to make the most of this session.

Unity skill level: expert
4:00 PM Demos, Voting, & PrizesBeginners & experts will get together to showcase their ported game in a 2-minute demo, and the audience will vote for the best apps. Prizes will include software licenses, the latest Windows Phone Devices and an exciting grand prize.

  What you need to bring with you:

A PC running Windows 8 or 8.1 with Visual Studio 2012 or 2013 and Unity 4.3 installed (any version). Building for Windows Phone also requires the Windows Phone 8 SDK.


 For Mac users, we will provide Windows QuickStart kits (which will run Windows 8 pro on your Mac OSX via Parallels Desktop 9).

 *Windows and Windows Phone devices will be available for testing.

 *Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Let’s get the important details out of the way first:

Dallas IGDA Post-Holiday Party 2014

Motus Digital
2805 East Plano Parkway, Suite 250, Plano, TX 75074
Saturday, January 11th at 8:00pm
Raffle drawing at 10:00pm

Buy your tickets at:

Pre-Purchase: $10 + 2 free raffle tickets (Eventbrite only)
At the Door: $20 + 1 free raffle ticket while supplies last (Cash or Credit)
Extra raffle tickets: $1 each at the door, while supplies last

And now, the long version:

It’s getting toward the end of the year, which means it’s almost party time, and we’re welcoming A Bunch of Short Guys as a co-host again this year.

This year’s party will be bigger than ever.  Will we have video games? Yes.  Will we have board games? Yes.  Will Artemis be back? Hell yes.  As always, we’ll have snacks and beverages of a refreshing nature, including vodka from our sponsor, Deep Eddy Vodka.

And the raffle?  We’re adding prizes all the time (an up to date list will be on the Facebook event page), but we’ve already got prizes from lined up from Revolver Brewing, Cards Against Humanity, Deep Eddy Vodka, Roll2Play, and MOGA.  We’re still adding more prizes all the time, so check the Facebook page for an up to date list.  We’ll be drawing the tickets at 10 PM, so be sure you’re there if you want a chance to win.  We’re only going to sell 1000 tickets,* so you’ve got pretty good odds of walking away with something cool.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!  We also have two special prizes from Nokia.  We’ll have one drawing for anyone who signs up for Nokia’s DVLUP program, and other just for people who have Nokia Windows devices with them at the party.

Remember, your ticket is a way to help support the Dallas IGDA so we can throw more great events next year.

Sponsors (so far!):



*Raffle Fine Print: Drawing starts at 10 pm.  Must be present to win.  If there are more than 500 pre-purchased party tickets sold (which would include 1000 raffle tickets), we will increase the total number of tickets in groups of 200 so that all pre-purchasers receive their 2 free tickets with the remainder sold at the door.  We will not increase the number of tickets printed  solely to supplement at the door sales.

The Dallas IGDA is on and excited for this year’s Charity Poker Tournament! Proceeds will go to Child’s Play, a charity responsible for organizing worldwide video game/toy drives to children’s hospitals worldwide.

The tournament will be held on Thursday, August 1’st from 7:30PM – 11:00PM at the Hilton Anatole’s Coronado Ballroom during id Software’s annual QuakeCon event.

A single-seat buy in is $25. We’ll be giving out various prizes.

Make sure to purchase tickets at the following link:

Join the IGDA on April 24th for a postmortem of Gearbox’s critically claimed Borderlands 2.

This is a free to attend event, but please register at the Eventbrite link so we can get a headcount for catering.

See you there!

When: Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 @ 6:30PM – 9:00PM
Where: Microsoft Corporation- 7000 SR-161 (George Bush Turnpike) Irving, TX 75039
Signup link:
FB Link:

Unity and Microsoft are joining us in Dallas as part of the Lone Star Unity tour. Come join your fellow IGDA Dallas chapter members and hear about the exciting opportunities available for game developers on the Windows 8 platforms.

Come learn about the exciting new features available in Unity 4 and see for yourself why Unity has become one of the most widely adopted game engines.

Microsoft is graciously hosting this special event at their facilities.

Date: Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Microsoft Corp.
7000 Texas 161
Irving, TX 75039
Building LC1
Room MPR 1200

There is no charge for this event. Please be sure to thank our sponsors, both Unity and Microsoft. For further details regarding this event and the Dallas Unity Group please refer to:





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NTEC Conference Center
6179 Research Road
Frisco, TX 75034


Full Series Admission: $175
Full Series Student Admission:* $87.50
Individual Session: $50 per session
Individual Session, Student Admission: $25 per session* Valid student ID required

Are you a game developer with an idea for a business? Do you want to learn the steps for starting asuccessful game developing business? International Game Developers Association, in partnershipwith NTEC, has developed and is hosting Game Developers Boot Camp.All sessions will be held from 4 – 6 pm at NTEC Conference Center for current and future GameDevelopers to get an inside look on how to start and manage a business.NTEC Conference Center 6179 Research Road Frisco, TX 75034For more information please contact Larry Calton at orMyke Sanders at

Boot Camp Kick-Off – So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur FREE Session!

November 14, 2012 4 – 6 pm

You are independent game developer considering the launch of your own business…where do you start and what do you do next? The North Texas Enterprise Center, a 10 year old business incubator accelerator and the International Game Developers Association – Dallas Chapter, have teamed up to deliver the Game Developers Boot Camp Series. Join us for this FREE session that will overview all the topics for session to come straight from mouths of the successful business men and women who started right where you are.

Business Formation, Intellectual Property Protection, and Business Law 101 –Start With the End in Mind

January 23, 2013 4 – 6 pm

When addressing legal matters such as business formation and partnering, start with the end in mind. In other words, where do you see your business in 5 years and what kind of funding, operations, staffing,partnering, etc. will be required to get it there? In this first program in the GDBC series, join us to hear from a panel of legal experts who will provide guidance on how to choose the proper legal entity and set it up, how and when to protect your intellectual property, what to watch out for when hiring and firing employees, and what to consider when entering into contracts and agreements.

The Business Plan and Investor Presentation – The Road to Success

February 6, 2013 4 – 6 pm

All successful businesses got that way by having a well thought out and well executed plan. Remember the old saying “if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there”. A well developed plan is step one, step two is securing the funding needed to make your plan a reality. In the second program in our GDBC series you will learn about the key components of a business plan and receive helpful tools for plan development. You will also learn how to prepare and deliver a concise, informative and effective investor presentation to help you secure funding for your business.Game Developers (GDBC) Overview Brought to you by:Place holder for NTEC logo

Financing Your Business – Fuel for Business Growth

February 20, 2013 4 – 6 pm

Growing a successful business takes funding. Depending on your business plan, that funding may come from your own resources, friends and family, angel investors and family offices, seed funds, and venture capital firms. Fund raising can be a long and difficult process but if done right, with proper planning and preparation, you can reduce the time required while increasing your likelihood of success. In the third program of our GDBC series investors and entrepreneurs will guide you on how to estimate the amount of funding needed for your business, how to determine the type and structure your financing round, and what to expect after you receive funding.

Selling Your Game – Sales and Marketing

March 6, 2012 4 – 6 pm

In this session, we will explore how to determine your target audience, and how to identify their needs and wants in connection with your game. We will walk through the process of communicating the value of your product through positioning to customers. This session goes through the process of creating, delivering and communicating value to your customers, and managing customer relationships in ways that benefit your organization. With the boom in the volume of mobile games, a market strategy is essential for success. The freemium, in game purchases,and flat game price business model will also be covered to help you determine what is best for your game.

Technical Resources and Infrastructure

March 20, 2013 4 – 6 pm

This session will cover the technology you will need to develop your game. It will cover hardware including databases, computers, and smart phones, along with the graphical and system development tools necessary to build a game. Experts will be on hand to discuss which ones are best suited for your project. Vendors will also be on hand to talk about their products and places to get training to use their tools.

Business Administration – Taking Care of the “Back Office”

April 3, 2013 4 – 6 pm

Business administration is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when you ask an entrepreneur about their business. However, neglecting the administrative side of your emerging company will hamper fund raising, expose you to liability and financial loss, negatively impact your product and customer service, and eventually contribute to business failure. In the fourth program in our GDBC series, we will discuss the key aspects of business administration including setting up bank accounts, financial accounting and reporting, insurance, vendor management, operations management, governance, and human resources.

Game Developers Career Day

April 17, 2013 4 – 6 pm

Come join us for this invaluable panel of experienced, successful game development company executives discussing their educational and career paths and providing insights into what they are looking for in college graduates and the skill sets they feel are most important to becoming a successful game developer. You can’t afford to miss this one!

For more information, please contact Larry Calton at or Myke Sanders at




Now until October 16, 2012

It’s time once again for elections to the Board of Directors, and we’re eager to see who is interested in helping shape the Dallas chapter for the coming year by joining the current Board of Directors.  Accordingly, we are going to be taking nominations for the next three weeks.  Nominations can be sent to dallasigda at gmail dot com.  If you are nominating yourself, please include a short candidate statement that we can post for the membership to help them vote.  If you are nominating someone else, please be sure to include complete contact information for the person.  While we can guarantee all self-nominations will move on to voting, we cannot be sure that nominations of others will result in those people accepting a spot on the ballot. For that reason, we prefer that interested parties nominate themselves to the Board.

There are only two requirements to be on the Board: You must be a paid member of the IGDA currently and you must able to commit to attending the board meetings and DIGDA meetings with some regularity (details will be discussed with board members after elections).

Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 PM central time on October 16, 2012. After nominations close, we will be sending additional information about the candidates and voting process.

If you have any questions, please e-mail them to dallasigda at gmail dot com.

We look forward to hearing from potential new board members.

Current Dallas IGDA Board of Directors



December, 1 2011





It’s time to get excited! Ultra excited, in fact. Now that you’ve calmed down a bit, go ahead and save the 1st of December as busy so  you can make it to the Dallas IGDA Christmas Party! Last year was rockin’, as was the year before–with each year having developers and DIGDA members totaling over 200 in attendance. The night is sure to include plenty of fun, socializing, food, drinks, games, and more. So mark your calendar as this is an incredible event that you won’t want to miss! Check out the link below for more information via Facebook, or keep checking out the website here. We’ll see ya on the 1st!

Click here for location information and to RSVP:


Wednesday, September 19


7:30pm CDT


Bavarian Grill
221 West Parker Road, Plano, TX 75023
Oktoberfest is here early this year! Come out and join your Dallas IGDA at Bavarian Grill in Plano next Wednesday for drinks, food, and networking. This is a social event, so come to relax and talk with your fellow games industry friends! Check out the link below to RSVP, and for more information.


Please click here to RSVP to the event.


Thursday, August 2, 2012


7:30 pm


The Dallas IGDA is on for our annual Charity Poker Tournament once again! Proceeds will again be donated to Child’s Play, an organization that provides books, toys and video games to sick children in hospitals all over the country and the world. The tournament will be held at id Software’s QuakeCon event at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. 1-seat buy in is $20, and a full table (8 seats) can be reserved for $300.

We hope to see you there!

Register Here!

Buy in: $20

Corporate Table (8 Seats): $300

Check out a few pictures from last year’s tournament!

Don’t forget that QuakeCon is an awesome experience with tons to do. Go ahead and register online right here!


Saturday, July 21


3:00pm – 10:00pm


Austin, TX 78730


Our Austin IGDA friends are hosting their sixth annual Game Developers’ Picnic again! Check out all of the details below and meet us out there!


When and Where and What

What: Sixth Annual Game Developers’ Picnic – Hosted By IGDA-Austin
When: Saturday July 21st, 3pm-10pm
Where: Castleton Village 7400 Coldwater Canyon on the edge of Lake Austin.
Tickets: Click here to purchase tickets for adults and children age 6 to 12 – Edit: Now accepting walkups!
Parking: Please carpool! Parking will be $5 per vehicle
Food and Drink: BBQ from the Salt Lick (including a real veggie option this year), Beer and soft drinks from Opal Divines, and Ice Cream from Amy’s!

More Details!
On July 21st, from 3 to 11 p.m., the Austin chapter of the IGDA welcomes game developers and their families to barbecue, ice cream and cold drinks at Richard Garriott’s Castleton Village, located at  7400 Coldwater Canyon on the edge of Lake Austin.

The afternoon will be spent swimming, catching up with friends, and listening to live music, all below the bountiful shade of the majestic oak trees. Explore Castleton Village and play in the fort or pirate ship! Check out the baby animal petting zoo! Battle in water gun fights!

Dinner will be provided by the Salt Lick BBQ, followed by some smooth and creamy Amy’s Ice Cream. Drinks will be provided by Opal Divine’s.  An ATM will be on site for anyone who needs more! Snow cones will be provided by the Ice Queens, featuring members of the Texas Rollergirls roller derby!

Evening entertainment will be live music at the Curtain Theater, featuring live music from Descendants of Erdrick and Amanda Lepre.

Why Do We Do This?

IGDA-Austin is committed to giving all game developers in Austin a sense of community that can be measured and recognized as a real thing. You do NOT have to be an IGDA Member to attend! Experienced developers could pursue their careers many places, but we want them to give them as many other reasons to stay in Austin as we can. The picnic is the biggest event that the chapter organizes annually, with the best opportunity for attendees to connect with peers and catch up with friends new and old.

Sponsored By:

  • Microsoft Games, a first-time sponsor for the event!
  • Cadillac Jack, setting up a new studio in Austin, innovating gaming!
  • The Texas Film Commission, promoting entertainment production in Texas for 40 years! Video games, too!
  • SXSW Screenburn, expanding the video game presence at Austin’s biggest event year by year!
  • Mary-Margaret Network, building connections to create stronger careers, companies, and industries.
  • Richard Garriott, for providing the best place to have the best outdoor party in Austin!

Additional sponsorships are still available! If you want your company or product to be front and center at one of the largest gatherings of game developers in Texas, contact

Ticket Details

Tickets purchased before the event are $25 for adults, $10 for kids under 12 (toddlers are free!). Now accepting walkups!. Please print the tickets out and bring them with you to the picnic!
To get started purchasing tickets, click here .


IMPORTANT! There will be a $5 charge for parking. Carpooling is highly encouraged so we can fit an expected 800 people on the property! We’re good at packing in the vehicles, but we really need help to keep the count low!


Will this be a fun event for kids?

Absolutely! We’ll have face painters, water slides, squirt gun fights and all the other fun things to explore! Swimming is OK too! Remember it will be hot, so you’ll want to make sure they play safe, stay hydrated and don’t overheat.

What should I bring?

1.     Chairs & blankets to sit on!
2.     Water and soft drinks
3.     Money for the adult beverages at Opal Divine’s bar & Ice Queens snow cones
4.     Sunscreen and bug spray!
5.     Swim suits! (Yes you can swim in the lake!)
6.     Outdoor fun – frisbees, balls, water guns!

Can I stay on the property overnight?

Sorry, no! There are no camping facilities at Castleton. Volunteers will usher guests home after 11!

Can I volunteer and get in free?

Yes, but all our needs are currently filled. Keep watch at for updates!

Click here to visit the Austin IGDA’s page for ticket pricing, and more details!


Saturday, May 30, 2012




2710 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75204

Charisma+2 is once again kicking off their annual Charity to help support the troops with Operation: Supply Drop. Operation: Supply Drop provides video game care packages to the troops who serve you every day! Check out some of the things on the venue below!

  • Meet and greet soliders from Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Compete in the QuakeLive Tournament
  • Get your photo with the Charisma+2 Models
  • Play Dance Central
  • Win awesome prizes in the raffle
  • …and more!

For more information about the event, check out the Charisma+2’s Operation: Supply Drop Page.

And  check out for more details about the charity itself.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012


7:15pm – 9:30pm


2201 North Central Expressway #149
Richardson, TX 75080
June’s chapter meeting will be roundtables. 

– 7:15 – 7:45 :: Socializing
– 7:45 – 7:50 :: Welcome / Opening Announcements
– 7:50 – 9:20 :: Roundtables Breakout
– 9:20 – 9:30 :: Closing Remarks / Socializing

* Note: All times are estimated

Come and sit in on a discussion about various topics in the game industry. (Examples) Want to talk about how beautiful everything you make is (or not because of low poly count? Check out the Art roundtable. Is code your thing? Check out the programming roundtable. Want to know why scrum is the best (debatable)? The Production roundtable is for you. Want to talk about paper prototyping or feelings in games? The Design roundtable is for you. Everyone is encouraged to jump in with insight, ideas, just to keep the conversation flowing; roundtables will be lightly moderated with flexible topics.

Roundtables may split up or start up as topic and participants dictate.

Is RSVP Required?
No, but RSVPing ahead of time will make your sign in process at the event easier. Instead of writing all of your information down on a sign-in sheet, we’ll check you off the RSVP list and you’ll be done! If you want to come but aren’t sure, RSVP regardless and you’ll be set even if you need to make a last minute decision! YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING A PAPER TICKET TO THE MEETING.

Who can attend?
Anyone! IGDA Dallas meetings are usually open to anyone in the area who is working on game development, interested in game development, or simply curious about game development.

Please click here to RSVP to the event.


Wednesday, May 16




Ntec Center

6170 Research Road
Frisco, TX 75034




Here’s your chance at learning more about getting into the business of game development as an entrepreneur! On the 16th of this month, the North Texas Enterprise Center for Technology (NTEC), will be hosting a breakfast to discuss some of the many business opportunities that the gaming industry presents. Speakers include: Covera Ventures Managing Director, Jeff Williams; Robot Entertainment CEO, Patrick Hudson; and Gearbox Software Vice President of Product Development, Aaron Thibault. Cost is $20 and promises to be a very educating experience for those who attend.


For more information on this event, please view the following link:–events/entreprenerurial-opportunities-series-2012/program1.aspx

Also, check out this other upcoming entrepreneurial event here:


Saturday, May 19


10:00am – 4:00pm


Ntec Center/ Business Incubator

6170 Research Road
Frisco, TX 75034

Hey Dallas IGDAers! Check out the information below regarding our next event, featuring panels on the Business of Animation and Tax Incentives! Don’t forget to RSVP on the Eventbrite page.

A Bunch of Short Guys

The Business of Animation
Panel discussion with local experts in entertainment law, freelance and contract employment, taxes, tips and tricks:

  • All professional animators
  • Freelancers
  • Students

Solid ground information needed after the initial starry eyed dream begins.

Dallas IGDA


Big changes in State and City Incentives
Learn about the increase in money for you and decrease in effort on your part

  • Evan Fitzmaurice, Director Texas Film Commission, Office of the Governor
  • Trish Avery, Executive Director of Screen Actors Guild For Houston and DFW
  • Janis Burkland, Director of the Dallas Film Commission

RSVP for the event here: Eventbrite