IGDA Nordic UA Forum & June Gathering

details2 Registration to the seminar is required. To RSVP book a ticket on the event's EventBrite page.

The evening will continue at 19:00 as IGDA Finland June Gathering, sponsored by TUNE.

Please note that this is the last gathering of the spring season, so make sure to stop by and say hello to your fellow devs before they disappear for the summer! The fall season starts in September when the gatherings will resume as well.

Games First Helsinki 2015 & IGDA Finland May Gathering


Hundreds of game devs flocked to Cable Factory on Tuesday, May 12, as Games First 2015 took place. The event, hosted once again by Supercell, consisted of hours of talks and lots of good times with like-minded industry professionals. Sufficient supplies of coffee, candy and cola kept the spirits high throughout the day and when the clock hit 7 PM we were treated to some delicious drinks while mingling.


The day started with veteran game designer Rob Pardo offering his insight on designing multiplayer games. He’s had his hands on major Blizzard titles such as World of Warcraft, Diablo series, Starcraft and Hearthstone so obviously we were quite thrilled to hear what he had to say on the topic.

Pardo’s talk was followed by Karoliina Korppoo’s presentation on the hugely successful Cities: Skylines. As the lead designer of the game she told us a bit of how it all came together and why it became a Steam blockbuster.


In the afternoon Thomas Puha took us down the memory lane as we were shown some of the defining moments in Finnish gaming history. Looking through the slides it was an excellent reminder that we’ve got a great thing going on here!

The last but not least presentation was held by Chief Pat and Galadon, two of the most renowned Clash of Clans YouTubers. They spoke about the mutually beneficial relationship game companies and YouTubers can have; about why it’s good for both parties and how to get the community excited and creating content about your game.


After all the talks were done it was time for the grand finale: a few dozen studios from Finland and around the world showed what they were working on in 3-minute pitches. The pitching sessions included a very wide array of different types of games in terms of genre – platform-wise the trend was clearly more focused on mobile devices.

The day was brought to an end by a feast appropriate to the festive spirit of the event. With bellies full from the delicious dinner everyone was ready to rock in a true afterparty fashion, and I believe I can say on behalf of all guests: thank you Supercell for another awesome event and we hope there’s many more to come!


Reminder: Last chance for Games First after party access!

If you still haven't joined IGDA Finland ry and want to join us for May Gathering and Games First 2015 after party on Tuesday, today is your last chance to register as a member! Join before midnight today (May 10, 2015, 23:59 EEST) and your access is ensured. Registrations any later than the deadline are not guaranteed to make it to the name list, so to make sure your entry to the event is hassle-free we recommend becoming a member sooner rather than later. See you on Tuesday!

IGDA Finland May Gathering & Games First After Party hosted by Supercell

GF15_Logo_Black Oh my, it’s once again the time for one fabulous night in Helsinki with IGDA. This time the gathering is merged with the Games First After Party at Kaapelitehdas hosted by Supercell.

Because this is obviously one of the most popular industry events of the year and we expect a massive amount of visitors, the gathering is only open for IGDA members and Games First guests this time. This is our way of giving a special thank-you treat to our members for your support, so remember to take your IGDA membership cards with you and show them at the door.

Don't forget that studio affiliate members are included in this invite as well! Moreover, if you are a member and haven't received your membership card yet (or join before the event!), there will be a name list at the door to make sure you won't get left out.

Welcome to Merikaapelihalli, see you there next week!

IGDA Finland May Gathering Time: 12.5.2015 at 19:00 Location: Kaapelitehdas, Merikaapelihalli, Door M1, Tammasaarenlaituri 5, Helsinki, Finland

IGDA Finland Seminars Presents: Evolving into the Future (Sponsored by Google)

googleseminar The event is headlined by veteran game designer and producer Noah Falstein, who will speak about the opportunities in rapidly developing technologies that promise to soon provide us with the ability to seamlessly blend the real and the virtual, and why this is an ideal time to get involved.  He will also provide some surfing lessons.

Robert Nyman will follow with a presentation about how Google works together with game developers, wants to help them and options for products, services & startups.

Mandy Waite will close with a look at what's required to provide real-time updates between users and players and the various options for implementing them, all the way from building your own backends to client side coding with Firebase's real-time database.

17.00 Welcoming words by IGDA/Google (5 min) 17.05 Noah Falstein - A Wave of Transmogrification (45 min) 17.50 Robert Nyman - Developers in the Nordics & how Google thinks (15 min) 18.05 Mandy Waite - Taking the pain out of real-time backend development (40 min) 18.45 Closing words & transition to gathering (15 min)

IGDA Finland Seminars are continuing education events for IGDA visitors and offer a chance to network with industry leaders and veterans.

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/igda-finland-seminars-evolving-into-the-future-sponsored-by-google-tickets-16413743950

IGDA Finland ry:n syyskokous

IGDA Finland ry:n sääntömääräinen syyskokous järjestetään 9.12.2014 klo 17-19. Paikkana toimii Femman (Eerikinkatu 2, 00100 Helsinki). Kokoukseen ovat tervetulleita kaikki yhdistyksen nykyiset ja tulevat jäsenet. Tarjolla on myös pientä purtavaa ja juotavaa. Tarjoilujen vuoksi pyydämme ystävällisesti ilmoittautumaan etukäteen 1.12.2014 mennessä suvi.latva@neogames.fi


  1. kokouksen avaus
  2. valitaan kokouksen puheenjohtaja, sihteeri, kaksi pöytäkirjantarkastajaa ja tarvittaessa kaksi ääntenlaskijaa
  3. todetaan kokouksen laillisuus ja päätösvaltaisuus
  4. hyväksytään kokouksen työjärjestys
  5. vahvistetaan toimintasuunnitelma, tulo- ja menoarvio sekä liittymis- ja jäsenmaksujen suuruudet seuraavalle kalenterivuodelle
  6. valitaan hallituksen jäsenet erovuoroisten tilalle valitaan myös hallituksen puheenjohtaja.
  7. valitaan yksi tai kaksi toiminnan-/tilintarkastajaa ja varatoiminnan-/varatilintarkastajaa
  8. käsitellään muut kokouskutsussa mainitut asiat.


Mikäli yhdistyksen jäsen haluaa saada jonkin asian IGDA Finland ry:n syyskokouksen käsiteltäväksi, on hänen ilmoitettava siitä kirjallisesti hallitukselle osoitteella igdafi-hallitus@igda.fi, jotta asia voidaan sisällyttää esityslistaan.

Slush and IGDA Gaming Event on November 17th (6PM onwards)

IGDA_Finland_LOGO Slush and IGDA have partnered with Tencent to present the biggest IGDA Finland evening yet The monthly IGDA evening will take place on November 17th – one day before the Slush main event starts. We are expecting over 1.000 developers, gaming enthusiasts and media representatives from the Nordic countries and beyond.

Our venue for the night is Circus, Salomonkatu 1-3, Narinkkatori, 00100 Helsinki.


Tencent is sponsoring the event, and thus we'll make sure that you stay happy with some snacks and drinks for the duration of the night! The preliminary agenda is as follows:

6:00PM Doors open 7:00PM IGDA Welcoming speech 7:10PM Tencent sponsorship speech 8:00PM Networking party 9:00PM Live gaming music 10:00PM Networking party

Please sign yourself and your teammates up for the event at: http://www.slush.org/register/igda-gaming-night/

We'll of course try to get everyone in but every venue has its limits!

See you on November 17th!

On behalf of the whole crew,

Riku Mäkelä COO The Slush Team

Jyri Partanen Chairman of the Board IGDA Finland

Dan Brody VP of Business Development Tencent

Please note! Due to the renovation of Adams Club, there won't be another IGDA gathering this month.

IGDA Hubs: join Microsoft & Unity tour Finland!

Microsoft and Unity will be touring Kajaani, Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Jyväskylä mid January 2014! Make sure to secure your place at the tour (free of charge!).


NOTE: The Microsoft Unity event goes from 9am to 6pm. From 7pm onwards the evening continues as IGDA Finland Gatherings in Turku, Tampere and Helsinki. Jyväskylä (Expa) and Kajaani (Kavio cluster) will organise evening parties as well. The evening party is a separate event and has different sponsors. In Helsinki the official IGDA Finland Gathering will be sponsored by Applifier - Everyplay.


Games track on Nov 13th, Slush

Slush Games track will occupy the Black Stage on November 13th. Check out the Games track program.

At 11:30am 10 mobile game startups will hit the stage. Each one will have one lesson to share with the crowd from the first leg of their journey. After the learnings we'll involve Kristian Segerståle and Aki Järvilehto into the discussion. What will these two experienced game developers / business leaders have to say to the startups?

The startups: Gajatri Studios (Tiina), Headnought Games (Pauli), PlayRaven (Lasse), Fat Lemon Games (Jani), Rival Games (Jukka), Boomlagoon (Antti), Small Giant Games (Markus), Nonstop Games (Juha), Tuliotus (Sami) and SongHi (Daniel).


Other gaming related events during Slush:

- Facebook's "Getting started with Parse ­- the new way to build" workshop at the Slush Basement on November 13th - 11:00am - 1.45pm. Facebook will organise four 20 minute sessions in a row. No pre-registration needed.

The workshop will focus on: - User acquisition using Facebook's Mobile App Ads - Growing your game using Facebook's social channels - Cross platform social integration with Unity

- Neogames & IGDA Finland game industry mingle at 5pm White Stage - meet other investors, publishers and developers. Snacks and drinks available.

- Official Slush party on November 13th from 9pm onwards

- Women in Games networking event on November 14th, at 5pm (Teatterimuseo)

Mobile Mixer event & IGDA Finland Networking event with Facebook

Welcome to IGDA Finland November Gathering with Facebook on November 12th!

IGDA Finland November Gathering will be a double treat. The evening will start with Pocket Gamer & IGDA Finland Mobile Mixer sponsored by Applifier, Rovio and Unity and continue as IGDA Finland Gathering sponsored by Facebook.


5:30-7:30pm cocktails, food, networking & Mobile Mixer panel

Featured speakers: Oscar Clark • Evangelist • Applifier Oleg Pridiuk • Technical Evangelist • Unity Jussi Immonen • Senior Publishing Manager • Rovio Tiina Zilliacus • CEO • Gajatri Studios More to be announced soon!

Following the Mobile Mixer, IGDA Finland November Gathering with Facebook will mix the industry influences and mobile game superstars. Facebook will talk about the power of the Facebook Platform and sponsor some drinks!

Welcome to connect, relax and learn!

Pocket Gamer & IGDA Finland Mobile Mixer Time: 12.11.2013 at 17:30 Place: Club Adams, Erottaja 15-17, Helsinki Finland Register: EventBrite

IGDA Finland November Gathering with Facebook Time: 12.11.2013 at 19:30 Place: Club Adams, Erottaja 15-17, Helsinki Finland

Peter Molyneux in Helsinki on 19th of June - Free2Play gaming summit

From developers - for developers:IGDA Finland, Neogames, and Supercell have joined forces to launch a new free-to-play gaming summit in Helsinki called Free Your Play.

The one-day event will be held on June 19 and will feature a keynote by Peter Molyneux.

Apply for a ticket.

Pocket Gamer's Mobile Mixer in Helsinki 23rd April

Pocket Gamer has teamed up with Neogames and the IGDA Finland with support from Cocoa China and Papaya Mobile, to organize Pocket Gamer Mobile Mixer in Helsinki. Pocket Gamer's Mobile Mixers unite the greatest minds and freshest faces in the world of mobile games development with a heady mixture of presentations, panels, and networking - all gently lubricated with a little complimentary booze.

The Program

Doors Open (5pm)

Welcome - Chris James, MD - Pocket Gamer

Market Spotlight: China Cocoa China's US GM Lei Zhang, explains why it makes sense to look East right now!

Market Spotlight: Russia Nevosoft's Business Development Director, Julia Lebedeva points out that one of the fastest growing app markets is right on your doorstep Acquisition & Monetisation Panel: The hottest topics relating to recruiting users and making money discussed with industry luminaries. Chris Hanage, GM - Papaya Mobile Tommy Palm, Mobile Guru - King Thorbjörn Warin, CMO - Grand Cru Jon Jordan, Editor at Large - PocketGamer.Biz

Recruitment Focus Looking to advance your career? Look no further. Rovio Unity Grey Area Supercell AppCampus

Battle Panel - Big Vs Small Is it better to stay small, nimble and retain full creative control or do you need to think big to survive in the increasingly competitive market place? Chris James is your referee for a tru david vs goliath battle featuring leading industry heavyweights. Chris James, MD - Steel Media Illkka Paananen, CEO - Supercell Markus Pasula, CEO - Grand Cru Games Jami Laes, SVP Games - Rovio Johannes Vuorinen, Co-Founder - Frogmind

Sign up to the event: Eventbrite.


Hei nykyiset ja tulevat IGDA Finland ry:n jäsenet, tervetuloa IGDA Finland ry:n syyskokoukseen!Jos olet kiinnostunut liittymään IGDA Finland ry:n hallitukseen, ilmoita kiinnostuksestasi etukäteen sonja.angesleva[@]igda.fi.

Paikka: Aalto University, Arkadia building (Lapuankatu 2, Etu-töölö), Room E-127 (1 st floor) Aika: 5:30PM Päivä: 4.12.2012


1. Kokouksen avaus

2. Kokouksen toimihenkilöiden valinta Kokoukselle valitaan puheenjohtaja, sihteeri ja 2 ääntenlaskijaa sekä 2 pöytäkirjan tarkastajaa.

3. Kokouksen laillisuus ja päätösvaltaisuus Esitys: Kokous on kutsuttu koolle yhdistyksen sääntöjen § 12 mukaan määräajassa asialistoineen. Ilmoitustauluna ovat toimineet yhdistyksen kotisivut sekä jäseniä on tiedotettu sähköpostitse.

4. Esityslistan hyväksyminen työjärjestykseksi 5. Valitaan yhdistykselle hallitus ja hallituksen jäsenistä puheenjohtaja seuraavan kahden kalenterivuoden ajaksi IGDA Finland ry:n hallitukseen valitaan viisi edustajaa 6. Tilintarkastajien valinta seuraavaksi 2 vuodeksi 7. Jäsenmaksut vuodelle 2012-2013

8. Toimintasuunnitelma 2013

9. Talousarvio 2013

10. Kunniajäsenet hallituksen esityksestä

11. Muut esille tulevat asiat 12. Kokouksen päätös

Kansallinen pelipäivä 11.11.2012 - part of International Games Day

International Games Day - Kansallinen pelipäivä 11 November 2012. Press release in Finnish only - sorry: Kansallinen pelipäivä juhlii pelaamisen monimuotoisuutta ja tuo uudet pelaamisen muodot perinteisen pelien rinnalle samanarvoisina. Pelipäivä antaa pelialan toimijoille mahdollisuuden esitellä omaa toimintaansa ja kokoaa kaikki peleistä kiinnostuneet eri sukupolvien edustajat kirjastoihin, kouluihin ja nuorisotaloille pelaamaan yhdessä.

This is an opportunity for Finnish game developers as well. What about coming out of the studios and giving ordinary people an idea what you are working on. More information from the Kansallinen pelipäivä website.

Angels Game – Connecting games and business 13.11.2012

Tekes Skene-program & Finnvera Venture Capital proudly presents: Angels Game matchmaking event. It brings game companies and business angels to the same table.

How to be part of it: 1. Fill out a form at the Finnvera site by 31th October 2. Angels Game jury will go through the applications on 5th and 6th November 3. Selected game companies will be notified on 7th November 4. Companies will be provided some pitching coaching (date TBD)

The Angels Game event will be on 13th November at Finnvera, Eteläesplanadi 8, Helsinki.

ARTtech 2012 videos online

This year ARTtech was sponsored and organized together with IGDA Finland. At Assembly 2012 the ARTtech seminars offered jam-packed selection of different topics ranging from 3D printing to next geneneration occlusion culling. If you missed any of the seminars or liked to see them again, here is the link for the videos Assembly 2012 Archives - Seminars.

A big thanks to our honored guests and the awesome crew at Assembly who helped us with the seminars.

P.s. IGDA Finland is slowly waking from its summer slumber and getting ready to host the first IGDA Finland Gathering of fall 2012. We'll start with a bang with Tekes Skene program!

IGDA Finland proudly presents: ARTtech seminar at Assembly 2012

As a summer job, UGDA Finland team put together ARTtech seminar for Assembly 2012! :) This year IGDA Finland put together the ARTtech seminar @ Assembly2012! The theme is "Tinkering" of games and electronics and you'll have a chance to hear on playful prototyping by Tuomo Tammenpää (Fri 3rd August, 12AM), why Theory Interactive build an entire engine instead of a indie game (Fri 3rd Aug 7PM) and how MiniVegas team uses game engines and C++ frameworks with traditional CG animation (Sat, 4th August 1PM). You'll also learn about 3D printing, building a arcade cabinet, Unity4, Adobe tools and so on.

Full program Thursday - Saturday - bring your sleeping bag with you! We have some presentations not to be missed :)!

Chartboost networking event for mobile game developers

Join Chartboost and IGDA Finland mingle & drink event with other mobile games developers on Monday 21st May!

Where: Ahjo bar, Bulevardi 2/4, Helsinki When: Monday 21st May, 6-8PM

Register to the event (no need to print out the ticket): Eventbrite.

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