Happy New Year,

As we start a new year we’d like to take this opportunity to provide an update on what the Open Gaming Alliance accomplished in 2015 and outline some of our plans for 2016. (Please bear with us, as this email is a bit long, there is much to cover.)

New Board Members: 2015 brought a resurgence of interest in the Open Gaming Alliance. Drew Johnston (Digital River) and Wanda Meloni (M2 Advisory/Gaming Business Review) were elected to the OGA Board in January. Drew came on as the new President and Chairman, and Wanda became Vice President and Secretary. OGA’s past President, Matt Ployhar completed his 4-year term and now continues the board as Treasurer. We have also added several new board members including Jeff Hemenway from Unity and Vik Long from Razer.

Executive Director: We needed more day-to-day support with all the new activity, so in October Wanda Meloni became our Executive Director to steer the new initiatives and membership activities. Her work has already increased membership and we look forward to her guidance as we build a trade association on driving business, growth, and innovation to support the gaming ecosystem.

New Advisory Board Members: We are also welcoming several new members to the OGA Advisory Board, Ed Fries, Louis Castle and John Gaudiosi. Ed Fries was of course instrumental in the launch of the Xbox. As the Co-Founder of Westwood Studios Louis Castle continues to innovate and provide positive leadership and recently received the ICON Award at the Games Awards. John Gaudiosi is a well-known games journalist and brings support for our VR and ESports SIGs.

In December, Matt Ployhar provided a detailed webinar on the 2015 OGA Research. If you are interested in the slide deck please contact  Wanda Meloni.

Here is the complete Overview of OGA Activities for 2015.

OGA Corporate Member Status

In 2015 the OGA added many new corporate members, more than doubling our overall membership. New members added in 2015 which include:

New OGA Members in 2015 Existing OGA Members
  • Unity
  • Webroot
  • Lenovo
  • Nexosis
  • Ubisoft
  • Dino PC
  • Azubu
  • Trion Worlds
  • Tobii
  • Vizux
  • Intel
  • Razer
  • Capcom
  • Arxan
  • Digital River
  • Alienware
  • Corsair
  • Cloud Imperium

In 2016 the goal is to again double our corporate membership level to include more publishers, technology, and platform vendors in both the US and international (Asia will be important as we move forward).

We will also focus on building out our Individual Professional and Indie Collective memberships:

  • Professional – ($250 annually)
  • Indie Collective – for indie studios ($250 annually)

OGA Special Interest Groups – SIGs

A key focus of the OGA is building up the Special Interest Groups, as it will be through these SIGs that specific activities and support will grow. Each SIG is focused on providing a number of key initiatives for industry outreach, research, best practices, and events.

We’ve greatly expanded the OGA’s Special Interest Groups to focus on new areas of growth, as listed below.

  • Research SIG– Chair: Matt Ployhar, Strategic Product Planner at Intel
  • VR/AR SIG – Chair: Remi Arnaud
  • ESports SIG – Co-Chairs: Ian Sharpe, CEO of Azubu and Drew Holt-Kentwell of Catalyst ESports Solutions
  • Software SIG – Chair: Wolfgang Engel, CEO of Confetti Software
  • Indie SIG – Chair: Justin Woodward, creator of MIX events and CEO of Interabang Entertainment
  • OGA Indie Collective – Chair: Kristen Duvall (previously Unity and Microsoft)
  • Incubator Partner SIG – Chair: Kirsten Larsen, Washington Interactive Network
  • Security SIG – Co-Chairs: Storm Tussey and Tyler McDaniel, Webroot
  • Serious Games SIG – Chair: Margaret Wallace, CEO at Playmatics
  • Diversity SIG – Chair: Wanda Meloni, M2 Advisory
  • Education SIG – Chair: Linda Sellheim, Manager of 3D Content at Lynda.com/LinkedIn
  • Cloud Gaming SIG – Chair: TBD
  • Monetization SIG – Chair: TBD

OGA Webinars and Events

Monthly Webinars 

We are scheduling webinars now so please contact me if you have an idea you would like to present.

OGA Panels at Partner Events

The OGA has had several “OGA Panels” in 2015, including a panel at SXSW – The Future of Games: Trends and Growth Opportunities and a panel at the Cloud Gaming Conference – Foundation of the Cloud Future. In 2016 we will be partnering with various conferences to provide OGA Panels, such as Casual Connect and other events

OGA Calendar of Events for Q1 2016

We have several exciting activities already planned for 2016 and many more in the works.

JANUARY

CES – Las Vegas, Dates: January 6th – 9th

CES is an increasingly important stage for games and technology. The OGA is looking at ways to more closely work with CES for future events. For now we have the following activities:

OGA Panel and Presentation – Partnership with Immersive Technology Alliance

OGA Members Exhibiting

OGA Member Sessions

FEBRUARY

Unity – Vision VR/AR Summit – Hollywood, CA Dates: February 10-11 

The Vision Summit is taking place in February in Hollywood, California:

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An OGA Corporate Member, Unity is spearheading this inaugural VR/AR event along with a number of other corporate companies including Oculus, Sony, Valve, Vuforia and more. New OGA member Vizux will be exhibiting.

John RiccitielloCEO Corner: Unity’s John Riccitiello Discusses VR/AR and Upcoming Vision Summit – Hollywood, Feb 10-11

Unity CEO John Riccitiello wants to bring together the various aspects of virtual reality and the emerging augmented reality markets to help spur creativity and catapult these technologies forward. Riccitiello talks about these emerging spaces, and the role of the new industry conference.

Click here for additional information on the Vision Summit.

 

MARCH

OGA at GDC – San Francisco, Dates: Monday, March 14 – Tuesday March 15

The OGA will have space for two full days at EEFG Greenspace (A very short walking distance from Moscone Center).

OGA Biz Exchange – Monday and Tuesday, March 14-15, 9am to 5pm
Our Incubator Partners will bring in their indies to have meetings, we will host presentations from our various SIG chairs, and will have space for people to come through to have meetings, grab coffee, and just catch up with the OGA.

OGA Member Annual Meeting – Tuesday, 3 to 5pm
Open to members only, catch up on what’s been going on with the organization, discuss current market research, and hold the annual meeting.

OGA GDC Meetup – Tuesday, 6 to 9pm

Join OGA at the end of the day as we crank up the tunes and bring out the beer for our OGA GDC Meetup.

If you would like more information on the Open Gaming Alliance, it’s members or the OGA Special Interest Groups please contact Wanda Meloni.

Have a wonderful 2016!