Indie Game Business

Indie Game Business

By Jay Powell
We firmly believe that great games from all developers need the support they deserve to succeed. This channel has been built to provide a resource to developers to help them succeed in today's market.

Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group, a video game consulting firm specializing in business development, marketing, and licensing. Our CEO has been in the industry for 20 years and closed countless publishing and licensing deals. The Powell Group monitors over 3,500 game developers and 500+ publishers.
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Ryan Sumo - Sales Analysis for the Indie Game School Simulator
Ryan Sumo from Squeaky Wheel Studio joined us for a great conversation about indie development in the Philippines, their Early Access success with Academia, and how they approach indie development (and now publishing). To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:29:38
May 26, 2020
Rajat Ojha - VR Market and Staying Positive For Indie Teams
We had a great conversation with Rajat covering everything from VR opportunities for indie teams, to taking the first steps in marketing your company, to how to deal with all the new online conferences. To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:22:14
May 8, 2020
Eivar Rocas - Launching a Game As An Indie on Apple Arcade
Eivar has been developing games for 20 years in Colombia.   His first company was actually one of the first developers in all of South America.   We spoke with him about a wide range of topics from their experience on Apple Arcade, to the advantages and disadvantages of running an indie studio in Colombia, down to the marketing tactics they used on Decoherence. To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:04:55
April 29, 2020
Three longtime industry vets are forming a platform to make the business of games easier.
Ed Dille, Fedor van Herpen, and Jay Powell answer questions about Game Sentinel Online (https://gamesentinel.online/).  The online B2B solution for companies in every sector of games, founded by three industry vets with over 70 years of collective game business experience. To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:02:44
April 22, 2020
Tronster Hartley - Indie game showcases: How to tell the ones that are worth your time and the warning signs of a mismanaged show
Tronster is a founder and former chair for the Baltimore chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA); currently serving as an advisor to the board.   Tronster also founded the MAGFest Indie Videogame Showcase (MIVS) which showcases over 60 independent video games each year to 23,000+ attendees across four days in D.C. In years past, he has taught game development at UMBC and the University of Baltimore and serves on the board of UBalt's Simulation and Digital Entertainment department. #gamedevelopment #indiegame #marketing To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:27:04
April 17, 2020
Roundtable! How to market yourself by speaking at conferences
Conference Speaking Roundtable - A discussion of how to market yourself and build your network speaking at conferences featuring Toiya Kristen Finley, Michelle Clough, Alexandra Lucas, Rachel Presser. We'll cover when to know you're ready, how to figure out what you should pitch, and how to pitch, among others! To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:38:40
April 15, 2020
Justin Berenbaum - Are event cancellations really a bad thing for indies?
Discussing the "What does a year without events mean for indies?" article - https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-04-08-what-does-a-year-without-events-mean-for-indies #gamedevelopment #indiegame #marketing Many developers are lamenting the loss of GDC, PAX, Rezzed and other conferences this year.  Justin and Jay point out why this isn't necessarily a bad thing and they shine a light on the silver linings involved. To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:20:58
April 10, 2020
Steam stats, game conferences, stand alone demos, and viewer questions
Discussing what's new in the industry and answering your business, marketing, and licensing questions live! #gamedevelopment #indiegame #marketing  Indie and Jay discuss releasing demos of your game on separate Steam Pages, what the next year is going to bring for game conferences, the latest statistics from Steam, and answer live questions from viewers. To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:24:27
April 8, 2020
Toiya Kristen Finley - Narrative Design and Freelancing In A Coronavirus World
Toiya is with us discussing the value of narrative design in games and  how freelancers can excel in a world with coronavirus quarantines.  #gamedevelopment #indiegame #marketing This episode dives into the role of narrative designers in game development and how freelancers can set themselves up to succeed in the coronavirus world.  We talk about how to build a great portfolio for writing, art, or whatever else.  We also discuss how tools like Twine can be useful for development and education, and the steps you can take to market yourself as a freelancer. To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie 
1:01:01
April 3, 2020
Lloyd Melnick - Effective Strategies For Working From Home
Lloyd has been working remotely for years, now he's been working from home for a year.   He's sharing what he's learned to help the rest of us adapt.  #gamedevelopment #indiegame #marketing   To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events  for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business   Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group:  http://powellgroupconsulting.com   Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness   Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE   Join the Indie Game Business Discord:  http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness   The Twitters to follow:   Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie   Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp   Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay   INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:05:51
April 1, 2020
Ben Hoyt - Game Development in a Coronavirus world!
Longtime industry veteran Ben Hoyt joins us as we discuss the way the coronavirus is changing game development for better or worse.   Along the way we talk about the good and bad of distributed development pipelines, sports games when there are no live sports, should indies release games right now, and more! To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:35:46
March 27, 2020
Stephen Kick - Coronavirus special! Managing remote teams, reviving old IP, and indie festivals
Stephen Kick joins us to talk about how they have managed a 30+ person studio remotely for years, what it's like to hunt down and re-release old IP, and some tips for indie developers now that we are going to miss out on several major conferences. To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:05:35
March 20, 2020
Raj Rajkotia - Acquiring Users For Your Indie Game
Raj Rajkotia joined us to discuss how indie devs can acquire users for their games as well as the market and opportunities in India for developers. ____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
59:30
March 13, 2020
Jelle de Jong - How human competitiveness factors into retention and engagement
Jelle de Jong joins us on the show to discuss how human competitiveness factors into retention and engagement.  Along the way we talk about starting Game Transactionz, why they did it, and why their hyper-casual games are retaining players 30% more than average on day 28. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndieon
1:00:55
March 9, 2020
Jeff Hardy - Building a Sustainable Work For Hire Development Studio
How do you sustain and grow an indie dev team with contract work for over 10 years?  That's what we talk to Jeff Hardy, CEO of Floor 84, about on the show.  Along the way we also cover: Coronavirus and GDC How you make money as a "creative" in the industry Planning ahead to keep your company afloat and more... _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:10:48
February 27, 2020
Dr. Chris Bartel - Morality and Ethics in Video Games (not OF games)
Dr. Bartel has literally written the book on ethics in games and whether what you do in games says anything about the real you.  It's a bit of a step away from our usual show but we had a fascinating chat.  He's research has focused on AAA games like Skyrim, GTA V, and others.  You can pre-order it here on Amazon.   _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie 
1:01:16
February 27, 2020
Luke Stapley - Cocos, China Indies, and the CoronaVirus
Luke Stapley is a Senior Marketing Manager for Cocos based in China.  With all the news surrounding the CoronaVirus it was obviously a topic we had to discuss.  We also spoke about the benefits of the Cocos engine and the state of indie development.  Plus: Keys to localization and culturalization in China Why multiplayer and social games do well Advice for finding the RIGHT partner in China _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:03:23
February 17, 2020
Cory Trese - Indie Game Kickstarter and Steam Page Tips: Part II
Cory Trese returned to the show to talk about what they've done to prep for their latest Kickstarter project.   This interview was recorded shortly before the launch of the campaign.  While Cory jokes in the episode that all their advice may be worth nothing if the Kickstarter fails, it should be noted it was fully funded in less than 12 hours. We also touched on: Marketing tips from their years of experience in indie games  How they managed to do 200 content updates to their last game with absolutely no DLC and the strategy behind timing and pricing your Steam sales _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
51:05
February 11, 2020
Cory Trese - Indie Game Kickstarter and Steam Page Tips: Part I
Cory Trese returned to the show to talk about what they've done to prep for their latest Kickstarter project.   This interview was recorded shortly before the launch of the campaign.  While Cory jokes in the episode that all their advice may be worth nothing if the Kickstarter fails, it should be noted it was fully funded in less than 12 hours.  We also touched on: Marketing tips from their years of experience in indie games How they managed to do 200 content updates to their last game with absolutely no DLC. and the strategy behind timing and pricing your Steam sales _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
45:43
February 11, 2020
Discussing the 2020 GDC "State of the Industry" Report
GDC released their 2020 "State of the Industry Report" and Jay and Indie are diving into it line by line. Did you know only 25% of developers are using a publisher?  Lots of interesting tidbits and discussion around their findings. Get the report here: http://reg.gdconf.com/gdc-state-of-game-industry-2020 _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie Sponsorships: on
1:33:41
January 30, 2020
Developer Roundtable - Challenges Facing Indie Game Devs in 2020
Ericka Evans and Brandon Pham join us for our first developer roundtable.  We'll discuss: What’s the biggest issue facing developers this year? Should developers be planning for multi platform launches What is the role of the publisher in 2020 from the developer standpoint How do you handle crunch? How are you planning for ongoing education for your teams? and more.. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:17:31
January 27, 2020
Peter Kojesta - All the S*^& They Don't Tell You About Indie Game Development
Peter Kojesta is the CEO at Exis Interactive and he's been in the industry for 20 years.  We sit down for a talk on all the crap they DON'T tell you about being an indie dev.  Things like: The outsource / contracting world and the trap for indies How you’ll often get stuck with a newbie managing outsource – even when you have 15+ years’ experience. How change in client’s team means you often lose the gig Common misconceptions for small developers / a few hard truths and a lot more.... _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:35:08
January 25, 2020
Chris Zukowski - Finding you game's "hook" and more marketing tips
We welcome Chris back to the show to discuss how to find your game's hook, what felt he did right and wrong in marketing his latest game, and more! Links from the show: http://returntoadventuremountain.com/how-to-design-mario-levels-that-dont-suck/ http://howtomarketagame.com/free http://howtomarketagame.com/2019/12/11/how-i-do-competitive-analysis-for-my-game/ http://howtomarketagame.com/2019/12/23/know-your-games-anchor/ _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:02:06
January 14, 2020
Victoria Tran - The Kitfox Games "$0 Marketing Plan" For Indie Game Devs
If you haven't read Victoria's articles on indie game marketing you should do that first.  We cover a lot in this episode, but here are a few points. Victoria explains the modern buyer's journey. She outlines some of the most common mistakes teams make in marketing We cover how you approach marketing with a title like Dwarf Fortress What tools she uses to manage all this and more.... _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:13:15
December 23, 2019
Elena Lobova - Networking, Pitching, and Business Development For Indie Game Devs
Elena grew developer iLogos from just a handful of people to over 300 in a matter of years.  Her advice and experience when it comes to business development is certainly to be listened to.  Especially if you are trying to find new contract work for your studio.  In this episode we cover: Common mistakes developers make How to make your game more attractive to publishers Tips for networking to grow your company and of course there is more! *Bear with us on the audio for this episode.  Elena was in a coffee shop at the time. https://www.linkedin.com/in/olenalobova/  https://www.facebook.com/olena.lobova  https://www.facebook.com/gameachievershub _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:11:27
December 23, 2019
Elliot Callighan - Everything you need to know about indie game audio
Having a great audio solution for your indie game can get expensive.  Unlock Audio has created a system that helps.  We're talking with Elliot Gallighan today to  answer all your questions on how to give your indie game a AAA audio solution. Unlock Audio - https://www.unlockaudio.com/ Unlock's awesome pricing tool - https://tool.unlockaudio.com/ _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:01:23
December 13, 2019
Renee Gittins - Tips for a successful Kickstarter campaign and how the IGDA can help
Renee Gittins is both an indie developer and the Executive Director of the IGDA.  She stopped by the show today to give postmortem on her successful Kickstarter and talk about the new happenings at the IGDA.  The links mentioned on the show are listed below. https://store.steampowered.com/app/378690/Potions_A_Curious_Tale/ https://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/JustinFrench/20180129/313801/The_Importance_PreRelease_Community_Building_And_Early_Organic_Marketing8203_For_Indies.php https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1268017280/potions-a-curious-tale https://igda.org/ https://discord.gg/igda _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Indie Game Business: https://twitter.com/BusinessIndie Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:11:05
December 5, 2019
Sebastien Pacetti - How to Run a Competitive Analysis For Your Indie Game
Sebastien knows a bit about positioning products.  He's been in the industry for 15 years and has worked on everything from indie games to digital distribution at Amazon.  Most recently, in addition to his indie game, he's built the Yunoia platform that pairs developers with publishers.  As part of that platform, he and his team created the PPG tool (https://game-statistics-staging.herokuapp.com/) that lets indie devs do some great research before launching their game.   _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: https://mixer.com/IndieGameBusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:08:12
November 28, 2019
Dan Rogers - Copyrights, Trademarks, and Indie Developers
You know copyrights and trademarks are important, but how much do you know about the difference between them, how to get one, and what to do when you have one?  That's why we brought industry veteran attorney Dan Rogers to the show.  We go through these questions and more (while trying to raise money for Indie's charity drive on Twitch). _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
58:20
November 7, 2019
Juney Dijkstra - The Untold Value of a Good Publisher
We typically only look at publishers as a source of funding and marketing.  Juney explains all the additional value a good publisher can add from SKU strategy to securing age ratings to finding development support.  There's a lot of untold support that comes from a good partner and Juney lefts the veil on all of it. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:10:27
October 28, 2019
Red Vonix - The Indie Guide to the Tokyo Game Show
Red Vonix returns to the show to talk about his experience as an indie dev at the Tokyo Game Show.  We talk preparation,  knowing some Japanese, customs, and how to best approach the show. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:01:50
October 27, 2019
Glenn Banton - How working with non-profits benefits developers as well
Operation Supply Drop provides thousands of digital codes, physical games, board games and more to active duty military and veterans.  Executive Director Glenn Banton stops by to talk about working with non-profits in general, walk us through some of the tax implications, and answered our questions on how donating to non-profits in general helps developers as well. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:08:03
October 10, 2019
Brandon Pham - Going from AAA to Indie
Brandon and his co-host Larry produce the popular podcast "GameDev Unchained".  They're also experienced AAA developers that have made the jump to indie development.  We talk about what lessons they did (and did not) bring with them from the AAA world, their podcast, and the free video conference they host each year to help pass on some of their knowledge. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
56:43
October 7, 2019
Gregan Dunn - Conversation with a publisher
Gregan joined us to give a bit of insight into what publishers are looking for from developers.  We discuss what to be ready to show, how to approach them, and the key indicators that they are looking for in new teams.  _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
52:37
October 7, 2019
Chris Zukowski - How Steam users see your game and why email marketing isn't dead
Chris wrote a great article recently after he did a bit of user research into how users look at Steam pages before they buy (or don't).  We asked him to come on the show and elaborate.   He also gave us some great insight on email marketing and shared his free ebook as well. Chris' Gamasutra article Chris' Email Marketing Ebook _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:13:15
September 25, 2019
The case for NOT demoing your game in conference meetings (and other things)
In one of life's cruel ironies, conferences can be the absolute worst time to demo your game to publishers and media.  We'll tell you why.  Plus we catch up from GD Connect and PAX!  This is a short one, we're getting back in our groove from being off for two weeks! _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
54:32
September 11, 2019
Elizabeth Sarquis - Creating games for the greater good
What if we could use all this technology, insight, and visibility we have as an industry to make the world a better place?  There's a growing movement to do just that and Elizabeth Sarquis and her team have been on the front end of it for some time.  We talk about their new platform as well as all the benefits we as an industry bring to the table in this episode. https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-sarquis-011bb95/ https://jukko.com/ _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:09:11
September 5, 2019
Nav Gupta - App Store Optimization: How to do it and why you should
Getting your game on the various app stores isn't good enough these days.  You need to be able to optimize everything from your text to your icon to grab the attention of players, and the various search engines.  Nav Gupta has been doing this for a long time and he stops by to share his tips and insights into doing it well. https://www.twitch.tv/academyofgames0 https://twitter.com/AcademyOfGames0 _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:24:49
September 3, 2019
Alex Golebiowski - How PixelNAUTS Games Self Published Lost Orbit on Multiple Platforms
Alex Golebiowski and his partner established PixelNAUTS as an outsource art studio back in 2010, they recently just self published Lost Orbit on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.  Although they have now self published the game on four platforms, Alex talks to us about the hurdles in doing so and why they're looking for a publisher for the next game. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:25:45
August 23, 2019
Last minute tips and strategies for Gamescom, PAX, and any other conference
This episodes covers all the things you can be doing the week before a conference to maximize your chance of success once you get there.  We don't go deep into what you should have been doing three weeks ago, just want you should be doing with a few days to spare.  Pack your hand sanitizer, research your back up meetings, know the showfloor, be ready for ANYTHING! That's what this episode preps you for!
1:24:51
August 16, 2019
Emre Deniz - The Importance of Perseverance
Emre has made his own way in the industry and has had more than his share of ups and downs.  Over the course of the last seven years he's gone from being fired from his first graphic design job, to running his own studio.  In his own words, "Don't let people make you feel down that you're not working hard enough, if you're surviving and keeping at it, you're doing the best you can. Don't let people tell you opportunities knock once, because you're the one who built the door for them to knock on, and there'll be more." We talk about picking yourself up from those low points, when to take a break, how to persevere and much more.  You'll like this interview. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:07:34
August 16, 2019
Ericka Evans - The Pros & Cons of Running a Distributed Office
Ericka Evans from Phantom Compass joins us to talk about running a distributed office which is basically when everyone works remotely and there is no main office.  She talks about the good and the bad, and also shares some insight into their processes and tells us about some of the tools they use for their workflow.   https://twitter.com/phantomcompass  https://www.facebook.com/phantomcompass  https://www.phantomcompass.com/  https://www.linkedin.com/in/erickaevans/ _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
55:36
August 14, 2019
Christian Perez - The important (and overlooked) business parts of indie game development - Part 2
Christian has a brilliant story to tell about why he makes games and how he's doing it while holding down a full time job.  Originally from Puerto Rico, Christian moved to Oregon after Hurricane Maria.  Now he and his team are building an MMO on a budget.  This episode picks up (roughly) where part one left off. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:16:46
August 14, 2019
Michael Brown - An introduction to PR agencies and what you can do on your own
Vicarious PR is an award winning agency representing both large and small developers and publishers in the industry.  Michael discusses what developers need to know when hiring an agency, but also goes into detail about the PR work developers can do on their own. https://twitter.com/VicariousPR  https://www.facebook.com/VicariousPR _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:17:07
August 12, 2019
Habib Chams - Opportunities for developers and publishers in the Middle East and North Africa
The MENA region isn't usually top of mind for developers and publishers when they are launching their games.  Habib joined us to explain why the region should be.  For one thing, the ARPPU is nearly 10x that of China.  The UA cost for mobile games is lower, and you can release the games in English.  We had some connection difficulty with the interview on this one but it's still full of some great advice. https://dgcgames.com/ _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
49:44
August 9, 2019
Lauren Anne Marie Carter - Talking about all the things no one talks about as an indie dev
Lauren is the Founder of Narratio Studios, creators of the narrative game "Powerless".  This is hands down one of the best shows we've had, as well as the longest.  Lauren isn't afraid to talk about many of the things that make indie development tough, especially as a woman.  We talk about presenting a game for the first time at a expo for the public, when to know when to kill a game, and much more.  If you're an indie dev, this episode is a "must listen" for you.
1:46:47
August 6, 2019
Adam Creighton - The importance of having a mentor
Adam has a group of people that he checks in with every week, month, or once or twice a year.  It's a system of accountability and mentorship that he believes in and has built over the years.  He was kind enough to let us in on the system and discusses how having a mentor can really help you personally and professionally. Adam's Twitter - https://twitter.com/adamcrei _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:28:07
August 4, 2019
Christian Perez - The important (and overlooked) business parts of indie game development
Christian has a brilliant story to tell about why he makes games and how he's doing it while holding down a full time job.  Originally from Puerto Rico, Christian moved to Oregon after Hurricane Maria.  Now he and his team are building an MMO on a budget.  The interview was so interesting that it ran long and we had to break it up into two parts! _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:16:01
July 29, 2019
Paul Arendt - Planning and releasing indie game post launch content
Paul and Failbetter Games have had a lot of success and created long tails of revenue through post launch content with both Sunless Seas and the more recent Sunless Skies.  Paul discusses the strategies and planning that go into this and how you can do it with your studio as well.  https://www.failbettergames.com/ _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:07:57
July 16, 2019
Heiny Reimes - The state of indie games
Heiny runs one of the most successful and most active Discord servers for indie games.  In this episode we discuss the trends and issues he's seeing from developers both on his server and at the conferences he attends. https://twitter.com/HeinyReimes Heiny's Discord: https://discord.gg/r5sERmY   _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:11:14
July 15, 2019
Red Vonix - What theme parks can teach us about game design
Do you know what a "winnie" is?  I didn't, but Red does.  He explains several theme park mechanisms than can be used in game design.  We also discuss the "5 minute rule" and other aspects of his 20 years in games. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:30:38
July 15, 2019
Fedor Van Herpen - Using Technology for Networking at Industry Events
 Fedor Van Herpen of MeetToMatch discusses the various ways you can reach out and connect before conferences without having to rely on the good old "cold email".  By connecting and making basic introductions before a conference, you save valuable time while you're at the conference. Or... you could attend one of our virtual business events where video calls make running between meetings a thing of the past!  _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:17:50
July 14, 2019
Justin French - Turning Your Community Into an Extension of Your Team
Justin joins Indie and Jay to discuss the how's and why's of building a good Discord server.  Why you should be building one pre-launch, how to put together your brand, communication and content strategy in order to help build one, setting up your community hub... you know, the basics. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:11:36
June 28, 2019
Esports, Predatory Contracts, an Overvalued Market and E3 Wrapup
Jay and Indie discuss the eSports market and Kotaku's recent article as well as Dr. Disrepect, contracts, and more.   After a brief discussion on random motorcycle parts in Indie's garage. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:01:30
June 24, 2019
Yulia Vakhrusheva - Getting your indie game noticed!
Yulia walks us through how Tiny Build Games approaches PR for their games and the lessons indie teams who self publish can learn. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:12:40
June 22, 2019
Stephanie O'Malley Deming - The Importance of Localizing Your Indie Game
As Co-Founder and President of XLOC, Stephanie has successfully sim-shipped hundreds of language versions of high profile titles, including the Call of Duty®, Guitar Hero™, Tony Hawk™ and NBA2K™ Series, Rock Band™, League of Legends®, BioShock® and more. Stephanie holds degrees in both Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She sits down with Jay and Indie to outline WHY localization is important and how you can plan for it from the beginning. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:15:46
June 21, 2019
Cory and Andrew Trese - Indie Success Story, Developers of Star Traders: Frontiers
Andrew and Cory Trese have been quietly releasing fantastic indie games for the last eight years.  Their games are extremely deep, well developed, and they provide tremendous ongoing support for their titles.  They have also fostered a killer community on their Discord server.  In this episode we talk about how they've kept the company going this long without investment and how they continue to create great games with such a small studio. Trese Breothers Links: https://discord.gg/AhQeRu9 http://www.tresebrothers.com/ https://twitter.com/tresebrothers https://www.patreon.com/TreseBrothers _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:34:38
June 17, 2019
Sarah Elmaleh discusses the upcoming GameDev.World Conference
Sarah is the Executive Producer of the upcoming GameDev.World conference.  Featuring 30+ speakers from all over the planet, all talks will be close-captioned and translated into Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Broadcast live on gamedev.world from June 21st – June 23rd, join us for the first-ever global games conference. Learn from top developers around the planet in talks and interactive Q&A’s, meet other developers speaking your language, and gain a global perspective on the art & business of game creation. http://twitter.com/selmaleh https://www.instagram.com/selmaleh/ https://twitter.com/gamedevworld http://gamedev.world _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:04:18
June 17, 2019
Google Stadia predictions, Devs sue Apple, Gamestop going under, esports contracts, and more
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/06/despite-revolutionary-promises-stadias-biz-model-is-pure-establishment/ https://www.pocketgamer.biz/news/70891/developers-sue-apple-over-app-store-fees/ https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/344081/GameStop_share_price_hits_16year_low_after_Q1_results.php https://www.businessinsider.com/apple-monitor-stand-price-reaction-misses-point-2019-6 https://www.polygon.com/2019/6/5/18654012/faze-h1ghsky1-age-twitch-fortnite-ban _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:32:24
June 8, 2019
David Logan - Publishing 101
The Akupara Games CEO outlines what publishers are looking for and what developers should know when looking for one. _____ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:36:48
June 7, 2019
Lottie Bevan - "To merch or not to merch"
Weather Factory's Lottie Bevan joins us to talk about merchandise for your indie game.  Lottie did a ton of research and found the perfect way to sell merchandise for Cultist Simulator.  She shares what she learned with us. ______ To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie
1:12:53
June 7, 2019
Save time and money on your marketing and biz dev as an indie dev
Jay and Indie cover some tools and tricks to save you time and money as you run your studio.   To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie 1
1:17:58
June 6, 2019
Ed Dille - What Developers Should Know About Publishers
We sit down with legendary game agent Ed Dille to discuss what developers need to know about publishers.  We talk about why developers should always have an original IP ready to go, how publishers evaluate developers, when developers should concede they game isn't going to make it, and more.  To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Ed Dille's info: LinkedIN - https://www.linkedin.com/in/fogeddille/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fogstudios Twitter - https://twitter.com/eddille Watch the official live stream: www.twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness Watch INDIE's stream: www.twitch.tv/INDIE Join the Indie Game Business Discord: http://bit.ly/IGBDiscord The Twitters to follow - Powell Group Consulting: https://twitter.com/PowellGrp Jay: https://twitter.com/Powell_Jay INDIE: https://twitter.com/TheRealIndie http://powellgroupconsulting.com/
1:28:09
May 27, 2019
Where and How to Sell Your Indie Game
We break down the fundamentals of where you need to be selling your game and how you should go about doing it.  This episode is full of the actionable advice you need to get off to a great start. To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Join hundreds of other developers and publishers on our Discord: https://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness
1:27:18
May 25, 2019
Jason Della Rocca - Funding your game and studio
Learn the do's and don'ts of funding at the project or company level.  We talk with Jason Della Rocca from Execution Labs. https://twitter.com/jasondellarocca To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Join hundreds of other developers and publishers on our Discord: https://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness
1:25:56
May 24, 2019
Lloyd Melnick - Why Indie Developers Should Be Creating Hyper Casual Games
Lloyd Melnick joins us to discuss the short term and long term advantages of creating hypercasual mobile games.   Twitter - twitter.com/lloydmelnick Blog - www.lloydmelnick.com To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Join hundreds of other developers and publishers on our Discord: https://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness
1:24:50
May 24, 2019
Mega Crit - Indie Success Story: Interview
We sit down with Mega Crit to talk about how the studio came to be, the story behind building the game, their meteoric rise in popularity in China, and many other bits of advice for other developers. https://twitter.com/MegaCrit Mega Crit Discord server - https://discord.gg/SlayTheSpire To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Join hundreds of other developers and publishers on our Discord: https://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness
1:31:39
May 24, 2019
What to do when you return from a conference
So you went to GDC / PAX / Gamescom / Rezzed ...  now you're back from the show and you don't know what to do to keep the momentum going.  That's what we discuss in this episode. To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Join hundreds of other developers and publishers on our Discord: https://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness
1:06:43
May 19, 2019
Vedran Klanac - What it takes to grow your indie game studio
Vedran Klanac, CEO of veteran studio Ocean Media Games joins us to talk about what it takes to succeed long term in the game industry. To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Join hundreds of other developers and publishers on our Discord: https://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness
1:21:58
May 18, 2019
How to find a good publisher for your game
Jay and Indie go through the steps developers need to take to identify and reach out to a publisher.   To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: http://indiegame.business Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: http://powellgroupconsulting.com Join hundreds of other developers and publishers on our Discord: https://discord.gg/indiegamebusiness Links from the stream:  http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/31...  https://www.gamesindustry.biz/article...  https://www.polygon.com/2018/5/9/1733...
1:14:07
May 18, 2019