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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 dot.com 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!|