Yifat Shaik

Data scientist, game designer and educator currently available for full-time position in Canada.

Yifat is a data scientist and game designer working on creating autobiographical games and using data science to optimize game system and gaming experience. Currently a professor of game design and 3D modeling at York University she also organized of Different Games in Toronto, and is co-director of Dame Making Games. Yifat is currently working on The Mattress of St. Dundas, a game about gentrification in Toronto and The Medium is the Message, a series of small games which are done in nontraditional game engines. She is a graduate of Brainstation data science boot camp and is currently working on improving her knowledge of machine learning and python programming.


Gladstone Hotel: Fly by Night, Fake VR (Anaglyph Reality), 2017

Gladstone Hotel: Come Up To My Room, Hothouse, 2017

Queerness in Games, Real Army Simulator, 2017

TCAF, Real Army Simulator, 2016

Different Games Conference, Real Army Simulator, 2016

Bit Bazaar, Real Army Simulator, Winter 2015

IndieCade, Real Army Simulator, 2015

Boston FIG, Real Army Simulator, 2015

TeaCade, Real Army Simulator, 2015

Bit Bazaar, assorted games, Winter 2014

Bit Bazaar, Stalemate, Spring 2014

Site 3 Pop-Up Shop, illustration work, 2014

COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS: Members Show, illustration work, 2013

ICON: Israel Festival of Science Fiction & Fantasy, illustration work, 2013


Gamastura, “What makes players cry?”, 2018

A-Maze Magazine, “Your Many Deaths are Meaningful”, 2016

Gamastura, “Subversive Humor & Games”, 2016

A-Maze Magazine, “The Aesthetics of Repeated Death”, 2015

First Person Scholar, “Subversive Humor & Games”, 2015

Procreate App, illustration work

Epilogue’s Master of Fantasy II, illustration work

Workshops & talks

Full Indie, making experimental broken games, 2018

IMAA/NIMAC, Teaching Game Design in Remote communities, 2018

EGLX, various talks and panels, 2018

Dames Making Games, “Game Design Workshop”, 2017

East Coast Game Conference, “Player Agency Glitch and Mods”, 2017

Queerness in Games, “Subversive Humor & The Absurdity of Real Life Experience”, 2017

Boston FIG, “Player Agency Glitch and Mods”, 2017

MIGS, “Player Agency Glitch and Mods”, 2016

Make Change Conference, “Teaching 3D inclusively”, 2016

TCAF, “Subversive Humor & The Absurdity of Real Life Experience”, 2016

IndieCade East, “Subversive Humor & The Absurdity of Real Life Experience”, 2016

IGDA: George Brown, general conversation about my work, 2016

Different Games Conference, Track Chair, 2016

IGDA GBC, "Eat, Play, Mingle", 2016

Dames Making Games, "Real Army Simulator", 2016

Different Games Conference, "Subversive Humor in Games", 2016

OCAD U Digital Futures Graduate, "Unity Workshop", 2016

Dames Making Games, "Stalemate"

Dames Making Games, "iPad Drawing Workshop"


Dames Making Games, programming committee


Maker Festival 2015, DMG Arcade curator

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