July Meeting with Michael Katic

Meeting Details

IGDA Phoenix is returning to the Game CoLab for our July meeting!  Join us on July 31st at 7:30pm for our feature presentation by Michael Katic.


Michael KaticMichael Katic is a Computer Science graduate out of Arizona State University. He’s taught game programming summer camps to middle school, high school, and college students, and has also been a part of Intel’s Ultimate Engineering Experience.

Michael recently took a hiatus from his position at the Microchip location in Chandler to pursue his own projects: Game of Inches, and a 2D animation editor.

Michael will be discussing the ins and outs of the crowdsourcing system based off his own experience with Kickstarter, and covering the underlying details that a lot of people can miss. Get details of his own Kickstarter project that he ran back in February, and hear his own opinions on how to make people view your projects more positively. Is Kickstarter a good path to take? What do you get out of running a campaign, successful or not? Find out from someone who has experienced crowdsourcing first hand.

There will once again be free pizza for attendees provided by the University of Advancing Technology, and generous IGDA members! If you would like to contribute to the pizza fund, please consider buying a Pizza Sponsor RSVP for the meeting. Cash donations are also accepted at the meeting.

Please RSVP if you are planning on attending.


The CoLab can be found at 605 E Grant St, Phoenix. For details on parking, check this map.


Game CoLab Partners with Gamezand

Game CoLab and Gamezand Entertainment Group have partnered to offer independent game developers resources to work in a collaborative environment amongst peers.

Game CoLab, a coworking space for game developers, is strengthening its work to empower the local game development community by partnering with Gamezand, a local publisher, who is interested in acquiring new content for its publishing line-up. Through the partnership, Gamezand will sponsor game developers to work out of the Game CoLab.

Individuals and teams wanting to develop their own games are given office space at the Game CoLab and resources to invest into their game projects through Gamezand, with the goal to successfully publish the games. Interested developers should contact Game CoLab who will advise and introduce the individuals and teams to Gamezand.

Aztez in the EVO Indie Showcase

Local development studio Team Colorblind showcased their flagship title Aztez at this year’s Evolution tournament. Aztez, along with other indie games, was showcased to hundreds of competitive fighting game players from around the world as they took part in the world championships of competitive fighting games.

Collins Game Jam July 26th

Collins College is holding its Summer Game Jam starting on July 26th. This is a friendly game jam that is open for all participants. There are no computers provided by Collins, but there are secure spaces for you to bring your own workstations or laptops. The jam runs for 48 hours starting at 4pm on July 26th, and concludes on July 28th.

Rock Paper Missiles

Rock Paper Missiles developed by Phoenix local Danny Perski is launching on the App Store on July 25th — keep an eye out for it!

Have an announcement for us?

Please contact chair@igdaphx.org to have your announcement added to the list, and also added to our meeting announcements. If you would like to give an announcement at the start of our July meeting, email us the details. Please keep meeting announcements below 3 minutes.