Previously, game developers had few options when developing their craft. They would either work locked away in their bedrooms or rent out ultra-expensive studio space in an up-and-coming part of town.
But, thanks to the coworking office revolution, game developers have new choices for cooperative working environments. Here are 10 coworking spaces that offer facilities specifically for the gaming and game publishing industry.
Indie Game Collective – Cambridge, MA
Located at 10 Canal Park in Cambridge, MA, near the Lechmere Station, the Indie Game Collective serves Boston’s rapidly growing game development industry. The Collective has gathered successful small studios within a local Cambridge coworking space to create an environment where everyone is challenged to produce their best work.
Cortex CoGaming Center – Fuquay-Varina, NC
Cortex is a collaborative gaming, technology development, learning center and coworking space located in the town of Fuquay-Varina, just 25 minutes south of Raleigh, NC. The space promotes strong STEM skills by offering members access to like-minded professional programmers, as well as programming software.
Gumbo – New York City, NY
Games Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (GUMBO) is a collective of indie game creators. Nestled within a GreenDesk coworking space at 195 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn, Gumbo helps game developers grow within its skill-sharing network.
NōD Indie Game Publishing & Coworking Center – Dallas, TX
This well-known Dallas indie game publishing company offers coworking game development space with open floor plans, large tables, private desks and individual office spaces. Located at 17290 Preston Road, NōD has a reputation for providing the perfect space for creativity and inspiration.
Gamenest – San Francisco, CA
Game developers will find diversity, community and great games in this San Francisco coworking space. Located at 222 7th Street in the South of Market district, Gamenest offers indie-friendly day passes, as well as part-time passes for shared desk space and full-time rates for dedicated space.
Axis Replay – Atlanta, GA
This 12,000-square-foot facility is located acowocross from the Krog Street Market in Inman Park. Axis Replay has created the perfect facility for coworking tech-driven companies, small to medium e-sports developers and high-tech conference events. Game developers will find everything they need, including high-speed internet, private conference rooms and a variety of membership options.
Tech Valley Game Space – Troy, NY
Located in the Quackenbush Building on 3rd Street, TVGS provides a 24/7 coworking studio for game developers in an open, inclusive and safe working environment. This indie game development space is designed to function as a vibrant and accessible locale for independent and hobby game developers, as well as those interested in creating interactive art.
Indies Workshop – Seattle, WA
Members of the thriving local game industry will find an environment focused on collaboration, creativity and community. Indies Workshop is a Seattle coworking office space designed specifically for game developers. Located in the heart of Capitol Hill at 911 E. Pike Street, Indies offers everything from commitment-free daily weekday access with a communal desk to 24/7 monthly plans with a dedicated desk and use of a conference room.
Gameplay Space – Montreal, QC
This coworking space for game developers in Montreal offers much more than just a variety of workspace options and common services at affordable prices. Gameplay Space provides an environment for mentorship and training with workshops and seminars, a critical mass of startup studios, and freelance talent for a greater degree of sustainability.
Spelkollektivet – Sweden
Encompassing nearly 26,000 square feet of space and home to 30 international game developers, Spelkollektivet is the world’s largest co-living and coworking space for game developers. This Swedish coworking space lets indie developers focus on projects with like-minded people while the company provides cooking and cleaning. Spelkollektivet also organizes non-gaming activities—such as boxing, core exercise and interval training. Its location in a small village in Sweden with only 950 residents makes it easy for gaming developers to stay focused on work with just a little play mixed in.