Hi I’m a Freshman in college and I’ve been reading into how to get
through the doors to the game industry and one thing always seems to pop
up: It’s all in who you know. So I was wondering.
What are some events that are open to the public that I could meet
members of the industry?
I’m very confident in my abilities to be a game designer, it’s more of
getting into the spot that worries me. I plan on either doing an
internship or QA testing in the next couple of years. I just want to go
to some events like PAX, E3 and such. If anyone could leave a list of
events and where they are I’d greatly appreciate it, specially in the
North East. :) Thanks bros.
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Find out if you have a local chapter of the IGDA and
see if you can drop in on some of their meetups.
As for events, I don’t know that there are too many in the Northeast US.
These things are mostly on the West Coast, especially California.
There’s PAX East in Boston, of course. However, things like PAX and E3
are not really good places to network with game industry people -
they’re are all about marketing games to customers. If you really want
to meet game developers you should try going to something like GDC
instead. They have reduced prices for students, plus a volunteer program
where you work part-time during the conference in exchange for housing
assistance and full access to the conference for the time you’re not
working. There are also various smaller game design conferences around,
but you have to hunt for them.
You should also consider joining Twitter and following some gamedev
people there, if you haven’t already. It’s a great way to hear about
what’s going on in the industry and get a sense for who the big names