IndieCade Festival
October 11 - 13
Los Angeles, CA
IndieCade Europe
October 19 - 20
Paris, France

GameU Summit

Summit Dates: Saturday, October 15 - Sunday, October 16
Location: University of Southern California, IMD Complex

Sessions for folks interested in learning about the game development process, how to start developing on their own, and what making a game is about.

GameU is chaired and coordinated by Chris DeLeon and Tabby Rose. Lean more about them HERE

Meet the GameU 2016 Co-Chairs

GameU Co-Chairs Q & A

What new things do you have in store for the Festival this year?

We're looking forward to GameU featuring more talks from diverse speakers in a wider variety of roles and kinds of games, with our talks, panels, and workshops specifically curated with both our newcomers and returners in mind. We also have a specific focus on bringing in more of our speakers for this year's GameU sessions from IndieCade's current and recent developers. This will empower more our visitors to go from wondering, "How'd they do that?" while viewing the showcase to coming away from GameU realizing, "I can do that, too!"

What indie trends do you expect to see in this year's selections?

As free game engines keep getting better the solo developers and small teams have been moving more of their experiences to 3D space, and with that we've been seeing a shift for many indies from 80's era 2D pixel art toward mid-90's low-poly 3D. We're also looking forward to some surprising applications of procedural generation, since it's another way many developers can often deliver a bigger experience within limited means. Although we anticipate there'll still be amazing local multiplayer games, we're also expecting to see a rebalance toward single-player experiences. Lastly, it seems likely given the recent releases of consumer headsets that virtual reality will be present in some exciting ways and forms.

– Chris DeLeon and Tabby Rose, GameU Co-Chairs

GameU Overview

GameU is a special conference at the IndieCade Festival of Independent Games that focuses on pulling back the curtain on the game development process, and the work that game designers do. Topics include introductions to multiple types of programming, various game design techniques, live development demonstrations, beginning art for games, game audio - even tips on what to look for in university programs and forming long-term career plans. This year's sessions will include topics such as:

  • Talking about YOUR game (highly interactive workshop)
  • Microtalks of rapid fire lessons from a variety of IndieCade finalists
  • What indie developers should learn from the indie music business
  • Streaming for game developers
  • Mental health and social issues for game development

GameU sessions will be both Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16th. Sessions include a variety of perspectives, including professional game developers, game design professors, and experimental art game creators. GameU is co-chaired by Tabby Rose and Chris DeLeon.


When Is GameU?
As a unique opportunity for folks interested in entering the game industry or for refining skills, GameU is held Saturday October 15th and Sunday October 16th. While advised to spend both days it is no problem to take an assortment of sessions and enjoy the rest of the festival!
What happens at GameU?
GameU is a series of workshops, panels, and sessions, as well as opportunities to meet and network with developer and game industry experts and professionals.
Who is eligible for GameU?
There are no requirements except interest! GameU or higher pass is required.
What kind of sessions are held at the GameU?
GameU is a series of classes providing information about new tools, about the basics of designing games, setting up teams, and leveraging your presence at IndieCade.
What if I have already made a game, would this be a good way for me to go to IndieCade?
Absolutely! The game design workshop is awesome for honing everyone’s skills. However, if you are a seasoned developer however you might want to consider upgrading to the All-Access pass in order to attend bootcamps and more developer focused sessions.
What if I have never made a game, would this be a good way for me to go to IndieCade?
Absolutely! You will get a chance to work on one at GameU!!
What else should I know about GameU?
This is a great opportunity to learn from the best and rub shoulders with top designers. It will sell out.

Got more questions? Ask ‘em here.

Festival Hours

  • Thursday, October 13th
    • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM IndieXchange (Pre-Festival Developer Summit)
  • Friday, October 14th
    • 10:00 AM IndieXchange opens
    • 11:00 AM Festival Exhibits open
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Reception hosted by USC
  • Saturday, October 15th
    • 10:00 AM Festival Exhibits, GameU, and think:indie Summit open
    • 4:30 PM think:indie ends for the day
    • 5:00 PM GameU ends for the day
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Night Games
  • Sunday, October 16th
    • 10:00 AM Festival Exhibits, GameU, and think:indie Summit open
    • 1:00 PM think:indie Summit ends
    • 3:00 PM GameU ends
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM IndieCade Awards and Reception

Badge Pickup:

All badges and wristbands will be available for pick-up at the Registration tent, located on the corner of 34th St & McClintock on the USC Campus, directly inside the Jefferson Blvd Entrance (#5). Registration is directly across the street from the SCA Complex, where IndieCade is taking place.

  • Thursday, October 13th
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (also for IndieXchange)
  • Friday, October 14th
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 15th
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 16th
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Click here to download the IndieCade 2016 Map (.PDF).


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