Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

Podcast: How to Run an Indie Game Studio Survival Guide

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

The Game Wisdom podcast once again invited owner of Grey Alien Games Jake Birkett to talk about how he has kept his studio going for more than a decade, with some important tips for new developers.

This extended podcast focused specifically on the challenges of building a sustainable game studio. Many people view the game industry as a series of hitmakers, but surviving for the long-term requires sound business sense and understanding both the art and business of making games.

Game Wisdom spoke with Jake about the work that has gone into Grey Alien Games and the decisions he has made that has afforded him the ability to keep going. Too often, game developers try to bet it all on one game, but this is a very risky prospect.

You can listen to the podcast here.

The No Hit Wonder – my GDC 2016 talk

Monday, April 25th, 2016

I finally got to speak at GDC in the Indie Game Summit!

You can watch my presentation, called “The No Hit Wonder – 11 Years and Still Going. How?”, for free on the GDC vault!

I felt that the speech went very well because it was packed full of tips and data and was quite funny. All week long people kept coming up to me to tell me how much they enjoyed it and how they’d even altered their plans as a result of my speech! GDC sent me the evaluation report and I was ranked #6 in the Indie Game Summit and #10 out of 132 summit talks, with 82% rating excellent, 17% rating good, and 1% rating terrible, LOL!

In my talk I mentioned how an article by Steve Pavlina called “Cultivate Burning Desire” was a big factor in me going indie when I read it back in 2004, and so I was delighted when Steve posted a link to my speech on his website!

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy it. Let me know what you thought in the comments, thanks!

Married indies talk – Slides from Rezzed

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

At EGX Rezzed in London we gave a talk about the business of working together as a married couple, getting funding, being sustainable, marketing, and all of those indie details. For those of you who would like to review the slides, here they are: