January Meeting & Announcements

It’s 2015 and the IGDA Phoenix train keeps rollin’! Our next meeting is on January 28th, 2015 at Endgame in Tempe!


Science of App Store Success

It’s the small things that make you stand out in the digital marketplace. Tobiah will share some of the tricks, tips and lessons he has learned as an independent game developer. Such as how to turn your harshest critics into your best playtesters, and why file size can be directly tied to app store rank. His advice can help you outmaneuver the competition and rise above the rest on any platform.

ProfileHeadshotTobiah is an independent game developer from the SF Bay Area. He is most known for “Blast Monkeys”, a physics based puzzle game that hit #1 overall app and got over 12 million downloads in its first year. Tobiah started working for Microsoft as a Game Evangelist in 2013, and now travels around helping developers make better games and their companies more successful.



Gravity Ghost Launches on Steam
Local developer Erin Robinson and her team have launched Gravity Ghost on Steam for Mac and PC! Check it out on the Steam Store.

Crystal Catacombs Launches on Steam
Super Fun Games have released Crystal Catacombs on Steam for Mac, PC, and Linux. Check it out on the Steam Store.

Wizard Golf on iOS
Floor 27 Industries have released their newest game Wizard Golf on the iOS app store.

Indie Amigos February 5th at Endgame
Join Indie Amigos for a night of playing indie games both from around the world and from local developers right here in Phoenix. February 5th starting at 8:00pm at Endgame (the same spot we hold our meetings!) Check out the details right here.

Global Game Jam Locations
Global Game Jam is coming up on January 23rd – 25th. In the Phoenix area you’re welcome to jam at The University of Advancing Technology or the Game CoLab.

Global Game Jam Demo Night
The Game CoLab is putting on a Demo Night at Endgame in Tempe on January 25th immediately following the wrap up of the Global Game Jam. The demo night will focus on the jam games created by local developers for the jam. The event starts at 7:00pm at Endgame (where we also hold our meetings!)

Location and Parking


There are several parking lots near the Brickyard at ASU that cost $2.00 an hour. There are also some ASU lots that no longer require permits starting at 7:00pm. Here is a map of the ASU lots. According to their website, Lot 3, 55, 58, 59, and 59E don’t require a permit after 7:00pm.

Most of the metered parking spots not directly on Mill Avenue are free after 6:00pm. Be sure to double check! Here is a map of Mill Avenue parking with highlighted sections of free parking after 6:00pm.

The 5th and Farmer lot does not require a parking permit after 6:00pm. Also The City Hall Garage is free when entering after 6:00pm.

Please double check when parking anywhere to confirm that these details are correct. Also be aware if there happens to be a special event taking place during the night of our meeting some of these free parking spots may actually be charging event fees.