Over 40 game devs, sponsors, and mobile industry professionals combined to make Indie Giving 2017 a success!

The indie giving event is a special program designed to help independent game developers attend the 2017 Game Developer Conference in San Francisco. Everyone who signs up will also get the chance to take part in a charity event to support a local organization & have their remaining donation help a refugee charity.

Learn more about what we did

The Charity Event

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The goal is to show gamers know how to have fun, and give back. This year we’ll be helping the San Francisco Parks Conservancy plant hundreds of native plants in a natural wetland section of the Presidio of San Francisco. The Presidio is home to 20 rare plant species, including five protected by the Endangered Species Act. Participating in habitat restoration by removing invasive species and re-vegetating with native plants is the most proactive way to help conserve this landscape. Our work will be outdoors, and last a few hours, which includes meet and greets beforehand, and closing comments afterward.

Tentative schedule for Sunday February 26, 2017

10:00 AM

Meet for brunch:
The Delancey Street Restaurant - 600 Embarcadero and Brannan SF CA 94107.

1:00 PM

Travel to and meet at the restoration site:
YMCA Reach - Meet on the driveway to the restoration site. Closest intersection: Presidio Blvd & MacArthur Ave.

4:00 PM

Work is complete!

4:15 PM

Special thanks to everyone involved and our awesome sponsors!

After that, you can optionally join us for a game of frisbee in a nearby park, and for drinks later on. Or you can go take a nap. Both sound fun. Be sure to follow the slack channel for Indie Giving (you'll receive a link in your confirmation email) for goings-on.

What is Provided?

  • Water Bottles
  • Work T-Shirts
  • Tools needed for event

What do I need to bring?

Just yourself, and your willingness to work.

What if I want to bring something?

We’re able to accommodate 1 backpack per person, so feel free to bring along anything you think you’ll need. Keep in mind, you're responsible for anything you bring with you.

Possible items:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Football or Frisbee

What should I wear?

We’ll be working outside, so please wear closed toe shoes and pants you don’t mind getting dirty. Please no shorts or sandals.

How many people will be there?

We usually have around 30 or so people helping out, so there’s always someone from the gaming industry to chat and team up with.

Indie Giving has supported local organizations for 7 straight years. Thank you indie devs!

Indie Games Summit GDC Pass

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“The Independent Games Summit is the place for the independent game developer at GDC. It features lectures, postmortems and roundtables from notable independent game creators, including many former and current Independent Games Festival finalists and winners. The Independent Games Summit seeks to achieve diversity of voice, experience and perspective, while highlighting the best and brightest in indie development.” - GDC website

Along with all the great lecture access, you’ll also be permitted to attend the GDC Expo Wednesday through Friday, where 26,000 industry professionals will be represented. It’s the place to meet people, get inspired and learn something new. And there’s tons of swag. Everybody loves swag.

View all IGS Sessions View Expo Info

Once you sign up, we’ll let you know how to get your GDC pass.


/show some love

This community effort is organized by FGL, with the support from our sponsors. We use the money from sponsors to pay for tools, food and anything needed for the volunteers. Every penny leftover is donated. Together, we’ve not only saved these organizations hundreds of work hours, but we’ve also donated tens of thousands of dollars on the behalf of our contributors over the years. If you can’t make it to the charity event, please consider becoming a sponsor to help out financially.

Spreading The Love

In association with our volunteering, we will also be donating to the Parks Conservancy. The remaining money from Indie Giving pass purchases will be donated to the International Rescue Committee, a refugee-centric worldwide organization which helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future.