igda – International Game Developers Association

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is the largest non-profit membership organization in the world serving all individuals who create games. As an international organization, we are a global network of collaborative projects and communities comprised of individuals from all fields of game development – from programmers and producers to writers, artists, QA and localization. We bring together developers at key industry conferences, in over 90 Chapters and in Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to improve their lives and their craft. We advocate on behalf of our membership to ensure quality of life, perpetuation of our craft and preparing the next generation of developers.Whether you’re a student with a goal to become a game developer or a seasoned veteran, regardless if you’re based in the U.S. or any country/region in the world, whether you’re an indie developer or in a AAA studio, whether your primary platform is a PC, console or a tabletop – we welcome you home to the IGDA!

The mission of the IGDA is to advance the careers and enhance the lives of game developers by connecting members with their peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on issues that affect the developer community.

This mission is carried out in the following key areas:

Advocacy: Make change in our industry by identifying and speaking out on key issues
Networking and Community: Connecting members with their peers, both geographically and functionally
Professional Development: Promoting constant improvement of our craft
International Reach: Expanding the global community of game developers

As creators of interactive media, we, the members of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), recognize the importance of the effect of ideas conveyed through art, and especially the effect of ideas presented in an interactive choice-driven format. As professionals we here establish a Code of Ethics with the following objectives:

To promote the growth of our industry and the growth of creative endeavors;
To ensure a professional standard of workplace environment for all development;
To publicly establish and communicate our standards as media professionals.
This Code is divided into four sections: Principles, being basic standards that all members of the IGDA commit to uphold; Workplace, being standards that all members of the IGDA acknowledge as rights for the facilitation of professional delivery and creativity; Leadership, being standards for management and leadership of development studios at all levels of the IGDA; and Compliance, being a policy for the enforcement of this Code.

A Code of Ethics is only as strong as the willingness of its members to uphold it. In establishing this Code we commit to a professional standard and as members of the IGDA agree to uphold and enforce it for ourselves and our peers.

Section 1: Principles

As individual developers, we commit that we will:

Continually strive to increase the recognition and respect of the profession; uphold the integrity of our work and credit contributions where they are due, never representing another’s work as our own, or vice versa;
Present ourselves and our skills accurately;
Respect intellectual property rights;
Seek fair rights to ownership of content that we create;
Honor signed legal agreements in spirit and in letter;
Promote proper, responsible, and legal use of computing technology at our disposal;
Strive to create content appropriate for our stated audience, and never misrepresent or hide content from committees assigned to review content for communication to the public, and specifically we will work strenuously to cooperate with and support local/regional ratings boards (the ESRB, PEGI, CERO, USK, etc.).
Strive to share knowledge even while protecting intellectual property, for the growth of our peers as professional craftspeople and our industry;
Strive to promote public knowledge of technology and art, and the strengths of our industry in expanding the boundaries of art and science.
Promote this code of ethics within one’s company, with third-party contractors and within the entire profession.

Section 2: Workplace

As professionals committed to excellence in our field, we hold that:

Workplace safety, including physical and mental safety and comfort, is a basic right for every developer;
Discrimination or the tolerance of discrimination of any kind, whether on the basis of race, gender, creed, age, sexuality, family status, disability, or national origin, harms us as professionals, limits our craft, and violates this Code;
For the integrity of ourselves as professionals and as a professional organization, we will be aware of and adhere to all local laws in the region in which we operate, unless there is an overwhelming ethical conflict in so doing;
Fair treatment for developers at all levels, whether full time, part time, temporary, or student employees, is required for our operation at a professional standard.

Section 3: Leadership

As leaders in our professional field, we commit that we will:

Understand that an informed and physically healthy workforce benefits game development on ethical, creative, and business levels comprehensively;
Be forthright in communicating information pertinent to the talent that we lead, and will never knowingly deceive those whom we lead;
Adhere to fair schedules and contracts, never committing to delivering more than we can reasonably achieve while maintaining standards of workplace quality of life;
Ensure that all employment agreements are fair and legal;
Provide for the health of our employees to the best of our abilities;
Uphold trust between ourselves and those we lead by ensuring confidentiality of legal documentation and private information;
Promote the growth of our industry by supporting the exchange of knowledge and ideas between developers, for our mutual benefit;
Provide for the future of our developers and our industry by providing support for families and future developers, and acknowledge and respect the value of our veteran talent;
Ensure to the best of our ability the mental and physical well-being of those whom we lead, maintaining highest standards of workplace quality of life.