Save-the-Date! Boston Festival of Indie Games, September 14, 2013

Boston FIG

The wait is over! The 2013 date for the wicked awesome (I’m biased) 2nd Annual Boston Festival of Indie Games was just announced today! An epic level of awesomeness will be unleashed onto the MIT campus on September 14, 2013.

Over 2,000 people came out to support the independent game development scene in and around Boston at last year’s event. The festival is free and open to the public, providing indie devs the opportunity to show off their games, get feedback from players and win great prizes in the BFIG Digital Games Showcase. Attendees play video games, tabletop games and live action roleplaying games in a casual, inclusive environment, plus attend film screenings and talks. Attendees can also become game developers themselves by participating in digital game jams, and more.

I sit on the planning committee for the Boston Festival of Indie Games and can tell you that there will be many improvements in 2013, such as a bigger-and-better event space at MIT and expanded programming. You’re not going to want to miss it!

Registration and other event details will be announced in the coming weeks. Follow along at www.BostonFIG.com.

Making Money and Changing Names – MIT Enterprise Forum Games Circle 11/28 Event

For the past 5 years, I’ve sat on the steering committee of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge New England Games SIG. My role on the committee is managing the organization of events geared toward the game industry featuring thought-provoking panels/talks and which encourage  networking among local executives and developers.

This week we held our last event of 2012 – “Smart Money in Gaming: A Current and Future Look at Monetization Strategies in Retail, Mobile and Social Gaming.” And, it was kind of a big deal! Not only did we announce our change in name from the NE Games SIG to the “Games Circle,” but our event was our most well attended…ever! I guess anytime you put the word “money” in an event title, you are bound to attract a big audience.

A big thank you to Marco Mereu (uCool), Jeff Goodsill (Stomp Games), Chris Rigopolous (Harmonix), Dave Bisceglia (Tap Lab) and Layne Ainsworth (TapJoy) for participating in the panel. And, also thank you to Bob Ferrari and Bare Tree Media for helping to organize the panel and for the design of our new logo!

Stay tuned for details on the next Games Circle event, to be held 2/28/13 (www.GamesCircle.org).

 

PAX East: Speaker Deadline January 4th!

I’m abnormally excited for PAX East 2013. Seriously, I can’t wait. New year, new opportunities, new games and all in Boston – YAY! If you’re in the industry and are interested in speaking in 2013, hurry! The deadline for session proposals is January 4th.