ABOUT | WHAT IS SGDA

The Student Game Developer Alliance (SGDA) began in 2016 between nine partnered student development organizations across California.

The very first conference took place in May of 2017 with an attendance of nearly 200 students and an afternoon of three workshops, five speakers, and friendship abound.

Continuing from then on, the summit has grown to a full day of events and has served over 200 learning game developers at its peak.


The SGDA’s mission is to provide learning game developers with a network of resources and peers that stretches across the nation. We primarily target student organizations because we believe the educational stage is where support is most important, especially in campuses where game development is not a well supported discipline.

Our annual conference in southern California is designed to be an accessible event for education and camaraderie, where students can celebrate their achievements in game development, meet each other in person, and learn from industry professionals.

In short, we aim to:


NURTURE a community of emerging game developers.

PROMOTE game development in education.

ENCOURAGE student passions for game development.

SUPPORT student made games and rising talent.

The Original Clubs


Our Current Member Schools


Club Name University Website (If Applicable)
Texas Aggie Game Developers Texas A&M https://tagdigda.wixsite.com/gamedev
Poly Game Dev Club Arizona State University https://www.facebook.com/VGDCASU
Game Design and Development at Berkeley UC Berkeley https://gamedesign.berkeley.edu
CalArts Game Makers California Institute of the Arts https://calarts-gamemakers.itch.io/
Game Creation Society Carnegie Mellon University gamecreation.org
Panther Games Chapman University http://cupanthergames.com
CPP Game Design & Development California Polytechnic State University, Pomona cppgamedev.com
Cal Poly Game Development Club California Polytechnic State University, SLO http://www.cpgd.org
Game Developers' Association, UF University of Florida UF Game Developers' Association
Video Game Development Club, Fullerton CSU Fullerton vgdc.ecs.fullerton.edu/
Video Game Development Association CSU Long Beach csulbvgda.com
Game Developers Club, Monterey Bay CSU Monterey Bay gamecreation.org
Game Development Club, Northridge CSU Northridge gdcnorthridge.wixsite.com/home
Ohio State's Game Creation Club Ohio State University org.osu.edu/gamedev
PSU Game Design/Development Club Penn State https://sites.psu.edu/gamedev
Creation of Games Society Rutgers University - New Brunswick http://cogs.club
Game Development Club, San Jose San Jose State University sjsugamedev.com
Stanford Video Game Association Stanford University https://stanfordvga.weebly.com
Video Game Developers Club - UA University of Arizona https://uagamedev.blogspot.com
Game Development and Arts Club UC Davis davisgamedev.com
Game Dev Knights University of Central Florida https://gamedevknights.com
Video Game Development Club, UC Irvine UC Irvine sites.google.com/uci.edu/vgdcuci/home
UC Merced Game Development Club UC Merced ucmercedgame.dev
Gamespawn UC Riverside gamespawn.github.io
UCSB Game Development Club UC Santa Barbara ucsb-game-dev-club.github.io/
Game Design & Art Collaboration UC Santa Cruz gdacollab.com
Video Game Development Club, UCSD UC San Diego https://www.facebook.com/groups/VGDC.UCSD
Video Game Design and Development University of Houston Video Game Design and Development
Game Developers Club - UMD UC Santa Barbara ucsb-game-dev-club.github.io/
Makers of Enertaining Games Association University of Southern California megausc.com/welcome/
Electronic Game Developers Society University of Texas at Austin https://www.facebook.com/groups/egadsaustin
Aurora Game Development Ferris State Chapter Ferris State University, Michigan Aurora Game Dev Club

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