Biforest is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has operated in the Eugene area, creating events for local game developers and enthusiasts. Starting from small gatherings in 2008, and growing into the larger community that exists today, we aim to keep building community connections between innovators, digital creators, those wishing to learn and teach, and the wider community; both locally to this corner of Oregon, and beyond.
Several events that bitforest has hosted range from small low pressure social events like the Wednesday morning coffee meetups, to epic multi day conventions such as Indie Game Con. Bitforest also has a strong interest in skill building for community members, and has regularly offered educational events focused on coding, art, and audio engineering, as well as panels to hear from game industry veterans. Bitforest also participates regularly in game jams such as Global Game Jam, and Ludum Dare.
Moving forward, this organization aims to offer more programs and opportunities for the community to learn and thrive in the unique game developer climate that Eugene has to offer.
History of Bitforest
The southern Willamette valley has had a decades long history as both a general innovation and arts community hub. Since the mid 1980s it has also had a large video game development footprint due to the early studio Dynamix and subsequent game studios that were built from its teams in its aftermath.