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  • Business
    How to Build a Local Game Developer CommunityHow to build a local gamedev community
    Community is vital. The chance to physically mingle with others and share your experiences is key to staying motivated and staying sane. Unfortunately, there may not be an existing game development group in your area, so in this article I'll give you some pointers on starting your own local game developer community. Read More…
  • Marketing
    Marketing Your Indie Game: The Single Most Important Thing That No One Knows How to DoMarketing your indie game hires
    Once upon a time, marketing was considered taboo and almost completely ignored by indie game developers. These days, most devs recognize its importance and do make some effort, but do little to differentiate themselves from the masses. In this article, we explore the art of marketing, and how you can use it to gain much-needed exposure for your game.Read More…
  • Promotion
    How to Make an Indie Game Trailer With No BudgetHow to make a trailer for your indie game
    If you are anything like me, then you have likely spent all of your time and money on actually creating your game, and don't have a lot of patience or funds left over for marketing it. Luckily for you, you likely already have everything you need to create a professional looking gameplay trailer for your game. In this tutorial, we will look at how to create a gameplay trailer for your indie game title without breaking the bank.Read More…
  • Business
    Funding Your Indie Games With Client Work: Building Up Your PracticeOffice 4 400x277
    Now that you've started working on other people's games (and are getting paid for the work), the next step is to start building it into a sustainable effort to keep work coming. In this article, you'll learn a few tips that can help you avoid some of the pitfalls and grow your game development business.Read More…
  • Business
    How We Made a PS Vita Game With Zero BudgetPreview
    I'm Barry Island, and in this article, I'll lay out how we at Infinite State Games—that is, my mates Charlie, Graham, and I—made a PS Vita game, without spending any money, and while holding down full time nine-to-five day jobs. With this list of tips (and some luck), you can do the same.Read More…
  • Business
    Funding Your Indie Games With Client Work: The BasicsOffice 4 400x277
    Not every indie gamedev needs to bet the farm on a self-funded game that burns up their life savings. An alternative strategy is to make games for other people, by taking on client work. In this article, you'll learn the difference between freelance and studio work, how to set your rate, and where to start looking for clients. Read More…
  • Business
    How to Become a Published Board Game DesignerHow to become a board game developer
    After leaving my programming job, I had pretty much given up on making games. However, my first board game Cards of Cthulu has been picked up by a publisher, reached it's kickstarter goal in less than 24 hours, and is about to start shipping. In this article, I'll explain how I got here, and offer my tips for you to do the same.Read More…
  • Funding
    How to Fund Your Indie GameHow to fund your indie game
    Developing a game can require a huge amount of effort—and as if that weren't enough, most indie game studios aren't exactly flush with financial resources. Thus, most development teams are resigned to seek outside funding sources. Thankfully, raising startup funds isn't quite the mission impossible it was back in the dial-up age. In this article, I'll explain how to get the funds you need.Read More…
  • Business
    Surviving GDC: Tips for Game Conference SuccessWp 20140317 004 400x277 b01
    My first GDC was a terrifying mess. Four years later, I've learned a few things about attending game conferences, and hopefully the following tips will help you on the journey to mastering the art of great game conferencing!Read More…
  • Steam Greenlight
    Tips for Getting Greenlit on Steam GreenlightTips getting greenlit on steam greenlight 400px
    Steam Greenlight is a platform that allows active Steam users to vote on indie titles they wish to see showcased on its site. For a small submission fee, any indie developer can upload their game to the service. Once submitted, thousands of users, if not tens of thousands, will view and possibly vote or comment on the game. Sound great? It is... sort of.Read More…
  • Business
    Setting Up Your Indie Gamedev Business: A PrimerTuts gamedev business primer 400px
    Do you need to form a business just to sell your game? What are all these different business types? Did you forget some simple but super-important detail? What if you don't have any up-front funding? This guide aims to give you a good starting point in understanding what goes into forming a business, why you'd want to form one, and ultimately what just needs to get done and out of the way so you can get to work on your game.Read More…
  • Business
    Working Remotely: Managing an Independent Game Development TeamWorking remotely building an indie gamedev team 400px
    It sounds like the stuff dreams are made of: managing your very own independent development team from the comfort of your home office. But before you get too comfortable in your Mario and Luigi PJs, realize that managing a team from behind a computer screen comes with a lot of extra hurdles not present in a traditional office environment. In this article, I'll examine some of those challenges, using my personal project management experience on Hiro Fodder and Echoes of Eternea as a guide, and offer practical advice as to how to handle them in a way that promotes both efficiency and, just as importantly, morale.Read More…