The Indie Game Developer Network (IGDN) is an international volunteer trade organization that supports indie game developers making, publishing, and promoting fantastic games. The IGDN brings together a wide variety of developers–including pen and paper, card game, and board game designers–in a private environment where each and every member strives for excellence. We encourage and seek out new diverse voices to join us, particularly among traditionally underrepresented segments of the larger gaming community. All game designers and professionals, including women, people of color, LGBTQIA individuals, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The IGDN was created because the gaming community lacks places where developers can organize their efforts and take collective action. The IGDN provides a safe ground for new ideas and opportunities, a place where developers both new and experienced can propose new thoughts in a supportive environment to help each other achieve their goals, including business success. We also have grown into a number of cooperative projects including a booth at GenCon, a best practices wiki, a retail catalogue, and mentorship and coaching programs.
In addition, too many developers in the gaming industry are reinventing the wheel with the release of each new product. No one person knows the best way to order books, print card, stock PDFs, or promote in the age of social media because the rules are constantly changing. It’s a new world with lots of opportunity, but we don’t know how to navigate it yet. The IGDN helps developers build a resource library that can move more products to market with less effort, building better games for more players! And as we grow, we develop new ways to support those developers at conventions, in retail stores, and on crowdfunding sites.
In fact, one of the primary goals of the IGDN is to see more freelance developers gain the development skills and business prowess to strike out on their own, leaving their day jobs behind to focus on the hobby they love and increase their audience by making inclusive, accessible products.
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If you’re ready to help your fellow developers design the best games of the next decade, send an email to Info@IGDNonline.com and we will get back to you with an application. We’re ready to plug you into the Network!
The IGDN is steadfast in its promotion of diversity both among its membership and in all facets of gaming as a whole. Gaming is not a one-size-fits-all hobby; gamers and game designers are found all over the world, in every walk of life and from every background. We support inclusivity in both the products of our member companies and in the membership of our organization, and actively seek out underrepresented and underserved voices to join our numbers and broaden the vision of what games can and should be.