IGDA Membership

IGDA NYC serves the greater New York City–area game developer community as a whole, and most of our events and benefits are open for anyone to enjoy regardless of IGDA membership status.


However, the chapter could not exist without its registered IGDA members. If you have benefitted from the presence of the NYC chapter and are in a position to contribute, we strongly encourage you to join in supporting the work that we do locally, as well as the work of the IGDA worldwide, by enrolling as a member of the IGDA and (this part is important!) selecting New York City as your official chapter.

Member benefits

The IGDA is the world’s largest membership association for game developers. IGDA membership offers many individual benefits:


Save Money

  • IGDA members save significantly on software, books, events and other valuable professional resources.
  • Save 25% on Unity Plus and 10% on Unity Pro
  • Save 10-30% on passes to major industry events around the world such as Casual Connect, GDC, DICE, and many more
  • Save 10% on the GDC Vault, a trove of over 20 years of videos, talks and slides given at the worldwide Game Developers Conferences
  • Save 25% on game development books at CRC Pres
  • Save 10% on tuition at DeVry
  • Free access to VR First labs and equipment

Boost Your Career

  • Leverage the IGDA Career Center - a full-service portal for job searchers and career changers. Find jobs, learn interview tips, get free help with your resume. IGDA Members receive access to the most current postings and can find and work with a career coach.
  • Need help and advice with your career? Your game? Your start-up? Find a mentor within our vast pool of members or participate in an IGDA Mentor Café at industry conferences around the world. IGDA members get exclusive advice from the industry’s most-celebrated experts.

Have a Voice

  • Join an IGDA Special Interest Group (SIG) to learn, share, and take action on key issues affecting you and the thousands of game developers around the world. We have over 25 SIGs including: Analytics, Game Design, Women in Games, User Research, Blacks in Games, Games Education, Credit Standards, Latin Game Developers, and many more!
  • Participate in annual surveys to share your views on issues affecting your well being, your career, and the industry at large. Survey results are shared with the media, corporations, and government agencies to improve their understanding of the games industry and highlight the issues important to you.

Leverage a Global Network

  • Over 150 IGDA Chapters and Special Interest Groups around the world to help you connect with potential employers/employees, technology & services, training & education, potential business partners, funding, and much more!
  • Attend IGDA Networking Events at game conferences like the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and Melbourne International Games Week. IGDA members get discounts to conferences and exclusive events!
  • Attention studio leaders and executives: there are EVEN MORE benefits if you join as a Studio Affiliate (which in turn gives ALL of your employees the advantage of IGDA membership). Learn more! 

Access Exclusive IGDA Knowledge

  • NEW! The IGDA Expert Resource Library is one of the industry’s biggest repositories of papers, abstracts, how-to’s, and presentations. Find help with game design, leadership, production, project management, business & legal, publishing, and more. Only available to IGDA members. (Launching March 2018)
  • Free attendance to IGDA-sponsored speaking events and webinars as well as discounted access to major game industry conferences (see discounts below).
  • Consult with Subject Matter Experts as part of IGDA Special Interest Groups, and learn from their experiences through webinars and AMAs.
  • Speaking & exhibit opportunities at IGDA- and partner-sponsored events. Present and share YOUR expertise at lectures, roundtables, and webinars.

Stay Informed

  • The weekly IGDA Insider Newsletter is a great round-up of the industry’s global news, IGDA Member Benefits, and upcoming events.
  • Login to the IGDA.org website for current news & information, forums, event calendars and access to members-only resources.

Visit igda.org/join to join today and unlock the full benefits of an IGDA membership. And don't forget to register with the NYC chapter!

Join Now

  1. Go to igda.org/join.
  2. Select your membership plan.
  3. During the enrollment process, select the US - NY - NYC chapter as your primary chapter affiliation.
  4. That's it! Welcome to the IGDA, and thanks for your support!

Already a member?

Make sure New York City is selected as your primary chapter. This ensures you'll be added to the chapter roster and won't miss important updates like election details. The member rolls are also used for allocating chapter funds—so stand up and be counted!


Sign in at igda.org/login.aspx, click on your name at the top, select "Account + Settings," and scroll down the page to set your Chapter Affiliation: Primary as US - NY - NYC.