A look into the Game Development Students' Association


Safa Nazir

 

Hello there! I'm Safa, and aside from being a blogger, I am also the VP of Campus Relations at Ontario Tech University's Game Development Students' Association (GDSA). 

The GDSA is a student association whose main purpose is to represent all Game Development & Entrepreneurship students on campus. We want to enrich the student experience and help students so they can be better prepared for their upcoming career in the gaming industry.

But don't worry—you can be a part of the GDSA even if you aren't a Game Dev student. Let me tell you a little bit about what we do!

GDSA
Weekly sessions 

We schedule a time once per week where GDSA members can meet. These sessions can last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. During the sessions, we cover the latest industry topics such as new tech and releases, special topics such as history in games and mental health in games, or anything relevant to what students are learning in class. It's a great way to learn something new and have meaningful discussions with peers.

Because the gaming industry grows larger every day, we luckily have a lot of new content to cover each week!

Game Jams 

For those of you who don't know, a game jam is a 48-hour event where you are given a theme—it can be a word or a short phrase, and you have to create a game in only 48 hours. Game jams usually take place on the weekend, so you don't have to miss any class. Let your imagination go wild and make something great with your friends and new acquaintances!

students at the game development lab

We host our own Game Jam in the fall semester, where we provide a space for students to collaborate and work on their projects. We also host a site for the Global Game Jam (GGJ)—a Game Jam that happens all around the globe. Check out some of Ontario Tech's student submissions on the GGJ site!

Participating in a Game Jam helps you learn something new and improves your skills—both technical and soft. There is no pressure on you to create something remarkable, as the quality of your final product will not be evaluated by us. If you want to gain valuable experience, make sure to sign up! 

Guest Speakers

The Greater Toronto Area is home to hundreds of game development studios, and we do our best to have industry professionals and specialists come in, and host workshops and sessions that can help prep you as a game developer. We have invited indie developers, Ubisoft Toronto and many more to come! 

ubisoft presentation

GameCon

GameCon is the end-of-year game showcase for all game development students and is open to the public! This exciting day-long event is where you can try out all of the games that have been made over the year, and awards are presented to teams who gained the most votes in a certain category.

Students on the stairs with one holding a trophy

Due to the ongoing pandemic, GameCon will be going virtual this year, but we will be working hard to make it the best event it can be!

If you are interested in the Game Development Students' Association and the work we do, follow us on Instagram at @ot_gdsa and on Twitter at @OT_GDSA.

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