SAN FRANCISCO – Jan. 16, 2014 - Chartboost, the world’s largest technology platform powering the business of mobile games, has announced the Independent Games Developers Association (IGDA) as the featured partner for Chartboost University (CBU) Spring 2014. Now in its third semester, CBU is an immersive boot camp that educates and inspires mobile game developers from around the world to build great games. Charboost’s mission is to empower game developer success in freemium economies, and CBU’s goal is to help them gain the knowledge and make industry connections, to support their vision of making games while creating sustainable businesses.
“Chartboost is excited to have IGDA as a featured CBU partner this year because we both aim to educate, inspire and help developers build amazing games while being smart about how to run a business,” said Maria Alegre, CEO of Chartboost. “This will be our third CBU in two years and thanks to the participation of leading minds from top organizations and companies in the industry, CBU will provide attendees with the insights, guidance and tools they need to stay ahead of the game.”
Chartboost University Spring 2014 will feature high-quality speakers and an unprecedented range of lectures that will provide indie game developers with a level of knowledge to help them succeed. CBU will be held March 5-12 at Chartboost’s headquarters in San Francisco, and will cover a wide range of mobile gaming topics, including:
- Design, Distribution & Discovery
- Developer/Publisher Relationship
- User Acquisition
- Marketing & PR
- F2P Monetization
- Game Design Mechanics
- Sound/Art Design & Tips
- Launch - Best Practices & Learnings
"Developers are constantly in search of educational opportunities like Chartboost University to expand their understanding of this complex and highly competitive mobile market,” said Dustin Clingman, IGDA Board Chairman. “IGDA is pleased to participate with Chartboost in supporting the continuing professional development of game developers around the world."
Chartboost University welcomes applications worldwide, and will accommodate teams of two to three indie game developers from each company. To match the University’s standards, applicants have to send in a creative and innovative submission to demonstrate their ability and intent to learn about various gaming disciplines and show a commitment to building great games. Chartboost will provide each team a scholarship of $4,000 to cover travel and accommodations while attending CBU, as well as complimentary GDC Expo passes.
As an international organization, we are a global network of collaborative projects and communities comprised of individuals from all fields of game development - from programmers and producers to writers, artists, QA and localization. We bring together developers at key industry conferences, in over 90 Chapters and in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to improve their lives and their craft. We advocate on behalf of our membership to ensure quality of life, perpetuation of our craft and preparing the next generation of developers.Whether you're a student with a goal to become a game developer or a seasoned veteran, regardless if you're based in the U.S. or any country/region in the world, whether you're an indie developer or in a AAA studio, whether your primary platform is a PC, console or a tabletop - we welcome you home to the IGDA!
Chartboost is the world’s largest technology platform powering the business of mobile games. Chartboost is empowering developers to find new players and monetize their games, by providing them with the tools, data, and analytics to make smarter decisions. The company is built on a completely open and transparent platform that puts the control back in the hands of the developer, and offers the industry’s only Direct Deal Marketplace. Chartboost powers over 32,000 games from companies such as King, Imangi, Nimblebit, Pik Pok, Pocket Gems, Supercell, and Wooga, and drives over twelve billion game sessions per month. Chartboost is a Sequoia-backed company with offices in San Francisco and Amsterdam. For more information, please visit www.chartboost.com or check out our blog.chartboost.com.