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The Number One Educational Resource for the Game Industry

Session Name: Game Career Seminar: An Impostor's Guide to the Industry
Speaker(s): Leyla Johnson, Rebekah Saltsman, Yaprak DeCarmine
Company Name(s): Mohawk Games, Finji, Game Jolt
Track / Format: Game Career Seminar

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Overview: There are many paths into the games industry, and some of them are more unconventional than others. This panel addresses the experiences of outsiders who have found their own special path in, including how and why each one was different. Each of the speakers began their careers outside of games and now lead different types of companies in the industry, from a developer to a publisher to a social network. Most developers are familiar with Impostor Syndrome, where you feel that you don't really know what you are doing and, sooner or later, you are going to be found out - all topped off with a feeling that maybe you don't belong. For outsiders like us, not having studied game development and having worked in other industries, the Syndrome is even more pronounced. This panel will provide a clearer understanding that those who want to make games already belong.

Game Developers Conference 2023

Leyla Johnson

Mohawk Games

Rebekah Saltsman


Yaprak DeCarmine

Game Jolt

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Game Career Seminar

Game Career / Education