Industry Groups and Resources

gdc17 logo The Game Developers Conference is the world's largest and longest-running  professionals-only game industry event. With more than 400 informative  sessions led by more than 500 industry experts, GDC also offers 300+  exhibitors and sponsors on the Expo Floor; playable games at GDC Play and the  IGF Pavilion; and a week of exciting networking events, parties and on-site  activities.   JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) provides course accreditation  (audio recording & music production; live performance; music composition;  and audio post production for film & TV) on behalf of the Association of  Professional Recording Services, Music Producers Guild, and the UK Screen  Association. IASIG has a mutual support agreement with JAMES regarding our  Game Audio Curriculum Guidelines.   A blog site dedicated to making the web and mobile applications sound good.  Cointains news and analysis regarding development of HTML5 audio technology.
IGDA The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is the largest non-profit membership organization serving individuals that create video games. The IGDA advances the careers and enhance the lives of game developers by connecting members with their peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on issues that affect the developer community.
GANG The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) is a non-profit organization established to educate the masses about interactive audio by providing information, instruction, resources, guidance, and enlightenment not only to its members, but to content providers and listeners.
Project Bar-B-Q Project Bar-B-Q is an annual conference designed to influence music hardware and software over the next five years. Three to five groups—each consisting of hardware developers, software developers, audio engineers, composers, and technology executives—spend two days of facilitated brainstorming to formulate solutions to the industry's most important problems. The result is the annual BBQ Report. provided news and information on web, portable, and wireless audio until  about May 2007. The site is no longer updated, but still contains relevant and historical information.


Game Audio Education Links

"Biff Boom Pow: Introducing Students to Sound for Games"  This presentation from 2013GDC describes a method for teaching the basics of sound to non-sound people, also good for beginner sound people, by Karen Collins, Canada Research Chair in Interactive Audio at the University of Waterloo.

"The Game Audio Tutorial" The demonstration level using the Unreal Development Kit is available to download and use for free.  This game level developed by Richard Stevens and Dave Raybould from Leeds Metropolitan University in the U.K. illustrates many of the fundamental concepts involved in developing sound and music for games.  (An older version made for Unreal 3 is available here.)

GamesSound The Theory and Practice of Video Game Audio: This website is maintained by Karen Collins, Ph.D., IASIG Game Audio Education Working Group member, and author of Game Sound: An Introduction to the History, Theory, and Practice of Video Game Music and Sound Design, an essential text for any study of game audio. GamesSound presents a large and valuable collection of interactive audio-related publications, learning resources, and links to other important sites.

DigiPen Institute of Technology offers two new degree programs for students interested in game audio: the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound Design (BAMSD) and the Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Sound Design.