Launched by the Philadelphia Game Lab, the club aims to be a discussion group that can connect young game developers across the city, according to a recent Game Lab email update from founder Nathan Solomon.
The Game Lab’s new Rittenhouse Square coworking space, in what used to be Apple retailer Springboard Media‘s flagship location, is also coming along nicely, Solomon said, following some early delays. The space is slated to formally open its doors in early January.
Here’s the vision for the nearly 8,000 sq.ft. space, according to Solomon’s email:
[The space] contains dedicated space for meetings, console development teams and other game industry efforts. Our goal is to support at least 10k visits to our Event Space by individuals outside the core PGL community, in our first year. This will be a broad mix of youth, technologists, and those in business, arts and the nonprofit space. We will hold our own events, as well as classes in game design and technologies. Our goal is for this space to be seen as flexible and highly available to the community as possible.
Upstairs at PGL
Open collaborative space on the ground floor that clears of developers at 6:00 p.m. for a variety of social and educational events. It also contains our public gallery and retail space.
Downstairs at PGL
Meeting rooms and development spaces, with 24-hour access for team members.
Why a student group for game developers? The goal will be to create a micro version of this city’s broader technology community. Give a sense of identity and get it in the minds of Penn, Drexel and other dev kids that staying in Philadelphia isn’t only a convenient choice, but a judicious one.
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