What we're about

Bitforest is the home of Eugene Area Game Developers. Whether you are a student, indie, or professional, you have an open invitation to our welcoming community. We are people who motivated by -- and passionate about -- creating digital games.

Developers in the region were meeting on an ad hoc basis for several years, but in 2014 we kicked it up a notch and opened the doors to anyone interested in making games. You can (and should!) join us on our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/eugenegamedevs/) and sign up at our official website (http://www.bitforest.co) (though it is a work in progress).

Each month, we have a First Wednesday Game Dev Dinner at Rogue, which is a social event where devs can talk shop, and one or two Art // Code nights, where folks can work on their projects in the company of others, or learn something new from a presenter.

We always host a Ludum Dare (http://www.ludumdare.com) event, which is three times a year, and a Global Game Jam (http://globalgamejam.org/) event, which happens in January.

Finally, we're the people who put together Epic Oregon Game Jam (http://www.epicoregongamejam.com) in the spring, and Indie Game Con (http://www.indiegamecon.com) in the fall.

Please contact any of the organizers if you have questions. Thanks!

Upcoming events (5+)

Game Startup Coffee Meetup

The Barn Light

Your weekly coffee networking and business meetup for Game Devs, Tech and Business Professionals, and Entrepreneuers . Here's where you can go to find that missing piece that'll help you get your startup going, or move your project or team past a staffing or skills block. This is also where veteran developers, or fresh developers come to find opportunities! All are welcome!Your weekly coffee networking and business meetup for Game Devs, Tech and Business Professionals, and Entrepreneuers . Here's where you can go to find that missing piece that'll help you get your startup going, or move your project or team past a staffing or skills block. This is also where veteran developers, or fresh developers come to find opportunities! All are welcome!

Game Dev Happy Hour

Starlight Lounge

Hang out and have a few drinks with your fellow developers and game development minded people! All are welcome! This is a super casual get-together, no topics, no presentations, no stress. Come on down and chill out!

Global Game Jam

Pipeworks Studio

A weekend of teamwork and game development! All are welcome. Tickets: https://bit.ly/ggj-eug-19 Our site is partnering with the Oregon Asian Celebration, Feb 16-17! IGDA: Eugene will be showcasing local games at the Asian Celebration in a popup called Bitforest Arcade. Since this is the year of the pig, we'll be featuring games created at GGJ2019 that feature pigs, celebrations of Asian heritage, and nods to the film Spirited Away! More info on Oregon Asian Celebration here: http://asiancelebration.org/ Participants will receive a badge via badgr.io that links to their finished game project! Use these badges to boost your portfolio, show off, and have a handy record of your game jam projects. FAQ: https://globalgamejam.org/faq Code of Conduct: https://globalgamejam.org/code-conduct Notes: This site has WiFi access only. If you're bringing a desktop computer, you will need a WiFi dongle. The studio is always locked, so entry is only possible by getting the attention of someone in the lobby or messaging an admin who is on-site through Discord, Slack, Facebook messenger, etc. All game jam activities need to stay on the ground floor, with at least one Pipeworks employee present. Stay as late/early as you like, but please arrange to sleep off-site. Parking is free downtown on the weekends in parking garages. Schedule: Friday, January 25,[masked]:00 PM - 6:00 PM Jammer check-in, Registration, Snacks! 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Welcome, Schedule overview, Social media guidelines, Code of Conduct 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Introductions, Team formation, Team registration 7:00 PM - 7:15 PM Keynote video, Theme announcement! 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM Dinner, Brainstorming 8:45 PM Jam! Figure out your content pipeline, Task planning Saturday, January 26,[masked]:00 AM - 12:00 PM Jam! 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Game project page setup 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM Jam! 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Dinner 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Work-in-progress show and tell 8:30 PM Jam! Sunday, January 27,[masked]:00 AM - 12:00 PM Jam! 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Jam! 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Game uploads to GGJ website 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Short presentations or game play videos to show the group 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Clean up and close

Game Startup Coffee Meetup

The Barn Light

Your weekly coffee networking and business meetup for Game Devs, Tech and Business Professionals, and Entrepreneuers . Here's where you can go to find that missing piece that'll help you get your startup going, or move your project or team past a staffing or skills block. This is also where veteran developers, or fresh developers come to find opportunities! All are welcome!Your weekly coffee networking and business meetup for Game Devs, Tech and Business Professionals, and Entrepreneuers . Here's where you can go to find that missing piece that'll help you get your startup going, or move your project or team past a staffing or skills block. This is also where veteran developers, or fresh developers come to find opportunities! All are welcome!

Past events (417)

Game Dev Happy Hour

Starlight Lounge

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