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Session Name: Building a Great Studio Culture on a Budget
Speaker(s): Chris Charla, Jake Kazdal, Mike Mika, Nathan Vella
Company Name(s): XBLA at Microsoft Game Studio, 17-Bit, Other Ocean, Capy
Track / Format: Business, Marketing & Management

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Overview: Great studio morale and esprit de corps is essential to creating landmark games. You rarely hear about hits coming from studios where people hate coming to work! Some studios coughvalvecough can take everyone to Hawaii once a year, but for most of us that's not practical. So how do you build a fantastic studio culture on a modest budget? How can you make people excited about their workplace when there's no free soda, free lunch, or any of those perks so many bigger studios offer? What $250 investment can bring a studio together better than anything else on earth? Come get practical advice from successful independent developers who've built great cultures without huge budgets. Nathan Vella of Capy Games, Jake Kazdall of 17-Bit, and Mike Mika of Other Ocean share their culture building secrets!

GDC 2013

Chris Charla

XBLA at Microsoft Game Studio

Jake Kazdal


Mike Mika

Other Ocean

Nathan Vella


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Business, Marketing & Management

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