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A quick note: IGDC 2023 is happening this year from November 2nd - 4th. It's a great opportunity to connect with people in the Indian gaming industry. If this is something that interests you, check out the details on https://indiagdc.com/
Here are a few important resources and links that you must explore while exploring the games & interactive audio domain. We will add more information here in the coming weeks and months.
Game Audio Learning – Gives you a detailed list of skills to learn to become better at your craft without feeling overwhelmed.
School of Video Game Audio (SoVGA)
Paid: SoVGA has courses for every aspect of game audio covering all major game engines, middleware and formats. You end up with a polished portfolio at the end of the course, which is the most important piece in your resume.
Free: SoVGA's Discord is a great place to connect with alumni from all of the world who are contributing to world's best games.
Audiokinetic's Wwise Courses: While these are focussed around Wwise in specific, the concepts are explained in a way that helps you understand the approach to game audio in general.
Do you have more resources that you'd like to suggest? Please fill the form here and we'll add them to the list. Thank you!
Mentorships & Conferences
A good way to learn is by finding mentors and meeting people. As we grow the local community in India, we'll have more mentors to help you with.
Additionally, we suggest the following:
ADC – Audio Developer Conference is world's main audio tech event which brings audio programmers from around the world into one place.
IGDC – India Game Developer Conference is the biggest game industry conference hosted in India every year and it should become your go-to option to meet new people.
Airwiggles – It's a circle.so based social media platform specifically for game audio folks from around the world and is great place to learn, make new connections & showcase your work.
Collaboration & Game Jams
Now this is not a famous approach in India, yet. Particularly in the creative audio industry, there is more sense of competition than of working together. However, it's important to note that game development is an extremely collaborative process – far more collaborative than films or any other domain. It's a mix between software development workflows and creative ones, which makes it unique in its own way.
So while your showreel matters the most in getting paid gigs, so does your soft skills & understanding of interdependent work. The best way to gain such experiences is game jams. Here are a few suggestions:
Participate in game jams: gamedev.in is a great resource to keep an eye on for this
Make collaborative portfolio: If your focus is sound design, you might need someone to do the music if that's not your comfort zone. Use this as an opportunity to find and meet musicians who can help you and build the showreel together.
We'll add more suggestions here. Meanwhile, if you've some recommendations, please share with us here.
We're also planning on setting up game jams in the coming months so stay tuned.