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|Session Name:||Successful Outsourcing on AAA Games - A Case Study of Forza Motorsport|
|Speaker(s):||John Wendl, Rajesh Rao, Nick Dimitrov|
|Company Name(s):||Microsoft Game Studios, Dhruva Interactive, Microsoft Game Studios|
|Track / Format:||Business and Management|
|Overview:||With the next-generation well underway, production teams are scrambling to figure out the best ways to expand their capacity to generate the vast amounts of mind blowing content that consumers demand. More and more teams are looking to outsourcing as a potential solution. But why are so many game companies experiencing such varying degrees of success with outsourcing? Outsourcing can be the solution to your toughest production challenges but is also wrought with pitfalls. In this talk we will walk you through a successful case study of a AAA title that utilized external outsourcing to effectively meet tight production deadlines while maintaining a very high quality bar. We will cover the dos and donts of working effectively with an external outsourcing company during all phases of content production. Well identify the specific challenges and pitfalls of outsourcing content production and offer suggestions on how to successfully deal with them.|