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5 years as an indie developer: Learnings, anecdotes & numbers

Speaker(s):

Thomas Bedenk (Exozet Berlin GmbH)

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<p>Thomas Bedenk, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Brightside Games, will look back at the first 5 years as an indie developer. He will share interesting stories and funny anecdotes about developing games, closing deals and trying to stay true to your ideals. In his presentation he will give insight into lessons learned and raw numbers of being a small developer. The session will feature topics like: &quot;How we closed a deal with Ubisoft being a student team&quot; &ldquo;How one of our games got canceled by a publisher after it was 98% done&rdquo; &ldquo;How we tried 6 different business models for the same game on 6 platforms.&rdquo; &ldquo;How we passed XBLA cert. on first try&rdquo; &ldquo;How it can be tricky to rely on a marketing partner even with fixed contractual commitments&rdquo; &ldquo;How we support students in fair ways and still gain from it&rdquo; &quot;How one of our games was download 2.5 mio times and another one 35k times&quot; &quot;How we got public funding for our games&quot; &quot;How we got other indie developers to allow us to use their characters in our game&quot;</p>
Audience adressed: 
- Business Founders - Indie Developers - Students & wanna-be-devs - Anyone interested in anecdotes about the games business
Takeaway: 

Aspiring developers as well as indie developers will hear some eye-opening truth about the games industry as well as inspiring and motivating stories of making your beloved hobby a business.
Experienced developers will still find the variety of business cases and numbers shown interesting. They will get an insight into the challenges of a small 5-10 man development team.

Session Type: 
Talk
Track: 
Biz Development
Experience level adressed: 
Beginner
Room: 
R5 Vilnius (OG)

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