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Session Name: Open Source Game Development Summit: The Hidden Challenges of Growth Under Self-Governance
Speaker(s): Nathan Lovato
Company Name(s): GDQuest
Track / Format: Open Source Game Development Summit

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Overview: Every open source project faces some apparent issues: technical ones, like how to organize the development, and financial ones, like how to do a lot with very little and how to promote your project without money.As a project grows, many new, subtler, and tougher challenges arise. How do you promote your project and grow with limited funds? How do you fund your work when users and companies have little incentive to support you financially? How do you stay on track with thousands of contributors who may not share your vision?As people participate freely and willingly in open-source projects, the solutions to scale are unlike traditional companies.Using the Godot game engine as a case study, Nathan Lovato, Founder at GDQuest, will explore the many challenges such a massive project encounters: choosing features, fostering kindness, respect, and inclusivity, funding, promoting a project without funds, and more. For each challenge, this session will look at ways to mitigate those issues.

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Nathan Lovato


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Open Source Game Development Summit