IGDA Forms Dedicated Group for Mobile Game Developers

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The New Special Interest Group Will Address Challenges and Opportunities of Evolving Mobile Games Market

In response to industry growth and attention, the Mobile Game Development Special Interest Group (Mobile-SIG) has formed within the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) to offer an independent and balanced knowledge source for developers. Mobile games and entertainment are a rapidly evolving part of the game industry, from the successful introduction of mobile consoles to the expanding opportunities seen in the wireless industry.

The Mobile-SIG will serve as a balanced voice for developers, publishers, researchers and aggregators of mobile games, offering a shared ground for industry-wide views, collaboration and experimentation on development, limitations and opportunities in the mobile games sector.

"The Mobile-SIG will serve as a central resource for discussion of the unique opportunities and requirements of mobile games," said Kurt Uhlir, Mobile-SIG chair and independent technologist. “All members of the mobile games value chain must start to discuss the consumer needs, technical limitations, resources and technologies from related fields and new models for interacting with the end-user.”

In the next few months, the Mobile-SIG plans to issue a new online e-zine focusing on successful game launches, marketing of games and opportunities and challenges observed in current projects. SIG work is already in motion on a series of whitepapers on new technologies, value chain relationships and the differences in fixed and mobile development studios. Karthik Swaminathan, Mobile-SIG advisory board member and executive producer at Screentoons will oversee the coordination of these publications.

Visit the Mobile-SIG website at http://www.igda.org/mobile for more details.

About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)

The International Game Developers Association is a non-profit membership organization that advocates globally on issues related to digital game creation. The IGDA's mission is to strengthen the international game development community and effect change to benefit that community. For more information on the IGDA, please visit http://www.igda.org or e-mail info@igda.org .

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