This story ain´t eaxtly new. But do to the fact that i have written about IGDA in the past (like in my “The #GamerGate industry blacklists – Are you blocked?” article for example. Which i updated back in April this year), i felt like i needed to write an update on the current status of IGDA (International Game Developers Association).
As there´s been quite a few scandals involving IGDA in the past (Like for example “The IGDA Blockbot scandal” and the “IGDA Party At GDC” 2013 scandal). And the list just goes on and on really. Heck, even the Ex-IGDA director Darius Kazemi said that devs would be better off without IGDA (Kazemi told that to Gameindustry.biz back in 2013), and he even made a post about it as well:
“For nearly three years, I served on the Board of Directors of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). I ran in the elections for the IGDA board because in 2009 I really believed in their mission, and I believed that as an organization it could improve the lives of individual game developers everywhere.
Three years later, in March 2013, with three days left in my term, I resigned: partly because of this debacle, but also because I simply couldn’t take it anymore. It has taken me months to collect my thoughts and feelings about the IGDA into something that I hope is coherent. Here it is.” – Posted by Darius Kazemi, via tinysubversions.com back in September 2013
That´s old news, but here´s the thing. Darius Kazemi was right and his been right since 2013. I mean, just look at the current state of IGDA. There´s still corruption to be found in IGDA (conflict of interest and corporate inbreeding). But here´s the 1 million dollar question. What will it take to change IGDA? And does the devs and video game industry really need IGDA?
What do you guys/girls think about this?
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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