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Candid conversations with veterans of all aspects of the business side of games. We firmly believe that great games from all developers need the support they deserve to succeed. This podcast exists to provide that support.

IndieGameBusiness is produced by The Powell Group, a video game consulting firm specializing in business development, marketing, and licensing. Our CEO has been in the industry for 20 years and closed countless publishing and licensing deals. The Powell Group monitors over 3,500 game developers and 750+ publishers. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/indiegamebusiness/support

IndieGameBusiness Jay Powell

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    • 3.4 • 5 Ratings

Candid conversations with veterans of all aspects of the business side of games. We firmly believe that great games from all developers need the support they deserve to succeed. This podcast exists to provide that support.

IndieGameBusiness is produced by The Powell Group, a video game consulting firm specializing in business development, marketing, and licensing. Our CEO has been in the industry for 20 years and closed countless publishing and licensing deals. The Powell Group monitors over 3,500 game developers and 750+ publishers. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/indiegamebusiness/support

    Why We Are Trying a 4 Day Work Week with John Cooney from Amor Games

    Why We Are Trying a 4 Day Work Week with John Cooney from Amor Games

    Today we are hanging out with John Cooney twitter.com/jmtb02 from Armor Games discussing why they went to a 4 day work week.



    We are going to dig deep into this and discussing a variety of things.



    - Why a small indie publishing team would choose to move to a four-day workweek. We researched several different models, we conducted extensive research (which was challenging given how little there was especially for smaller teams)



    - Some of the challenges we've had setting up this model. Not a lot of frameworks for how this should go, so we had to figure it out as we went. We had a LOT of questions we needed to solve (how does part-time work? Are we breaking the law for full-time workers? How does vacation work?). And of course, we had to figure out how to tell the team, and what to do if things went horribly wrong (or wonderfully right)



    - The outcomes so far, the reception, and what our employees said they were going to be doing with their time (its pretty cool)



    To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: indiegame.business

    Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: powellgroupconsulting.com

    Watch the official live stream: twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness

    Watch Indie's live stream: twitch.tv/INDIE

    Join the Indie Game Business Discord: discord.gg/indiegamebusiness



    The Twitters to follow -

    Indie Game Business: twitter.com/BusinessIndie

    Powell Group Consulting: twitter.com/PowellGrp

    Jay: twitter.com/Powell_Jay

    INDIE: twitter.com/TheRealIndie



    Donate to Extra Life with our link: extra-life.org/participant/IndieGameBusiness

    Join the Indie Game Business Extra Life Team: extra-life.org/team/indiegamebusiness


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Steps Needed to Become a Full Time Indie Dev

    The Steps Needed to Become a Full Time Indie Dev

    We are talking with Tim Beaudet twitter.com/timbeaudet from Fyre Bytes www.fyregames.com about his journey to becoming a full-time indie developer.



    Topics of discussion today are:

    1. The Indie Dream.

    2. What are the Risks?

    3. How He Prepared?

    4. Why Time is a Cost

    5. How Live Streaming Helped Him



    Please share the stream with your friends!



    To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: indiegame.business

    Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: powellgroupconsulting.com

    Watch the official live stream: twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness

    Watch Indie's live stream: twitch.tv/INDIE

    Join the Indie Game Business Discord: discord.gg/indiegamebusiness



    The Twitters to follow -

    Indie Game Business: twitter.com/BusinessIndie

    Powell Group Consulting: twitter.com/PowellGrp

    Jay: twitter.com/Powell_Jay

    INDIE: twitter.com/TheRealIndie



    Donate to Extra Life with our link: extra-life.org/participant/IndieGameBusiness

    Join the Indie Game Business Extra Life Team: extra-life.org/team/indiegamebusiness


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/indiegamebusiness/support

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Game Development and Running a Game Studio with Damon Slye from Mad Otter Games

    Game Development and Running a Game Studio with Damon Slye from Mad Otter Games

    Today we are talking with Damon Slye from Mad Otter Studios. They have the long running MMO, Villagers and Heroes which has been around for quite some time!



    Want to know a bit more about Damon? Here's what he had to say.



    "I've been running Mad Otter Games since 2007, and before that I cofounded Dynamix in 1983. Currently, we publish a cross-platform MMO, Villagers & Heroes. In the past, I was involved in the development of many games and the technology to support them."



    To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: indiegame.business

    Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: powellgroupconsulting.com

    Watch the official live stream: twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness

    Watch Indie's live stream: twitch.tv/INDIE

    Join the Indie Game Business Discord: discord.gg/indiegamebusiness



    The Twitters to follow -

    Indie Game Business: twitter.com/BusinessIndie

    Powell Group Consulting: twitter.com/PowellGrp

    Jay: twitter.com/Powell_Jay

    INDIE: twitter.com/TheRealIndie



    Donate to Extra Life with our link: extra-life.org/participant/IndieGameBusiness

    Join the Indie Game Business Extra Life Team: extra-life.org/team/indiegamebusiness


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/indiegamebusiness/support

    • 1 hr 15 min
    What Publishers Want To See At A Conference Meeting

    What Publishers Want To See At A Conference Meeting

    We welcome leaders from Mastiff, Fundamentally Games, Those Awesome Guys, and Neon Doctrine. They're going to be telling you what they want to see when you meet with them at a conference! #gamedevelopment #gameindustry #indiedev



    To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: indiegame.business

    Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: powellgroupconsulting.com

    Watch the official live stream: twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness

    Watch Indie's live stream: twitch.tv/INDIE

    Join the Indie Game Business Discord: discord.gg/indiegamebusiness



    The Twitters to follow -

    Indie Game Business: twitter.com/BusinessIndie

    Powell Group Consulting: twitter.com/PowellGrp

    Jay: twitter.com/Powell_Jay

    INDIE: twitter.com/TheRealIndie


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/indiegamebusiness/support

    • 1 hr 18 min
    How Indie Game Developers Can Secure Funding For Their Projects.

    How Indie Game Developers Can Secure Funding For Their Projects.

    We sit down with the Director of Business Development from GlobalTopRound, Pontus Mahler to discuss getting funding for your indie game.



    We will cover topics such as:



    1. How developers can make their funding presentations more appealing to investors

    2. How developers can execute successfully to secure funding

    3. How developers can use their funds to complete their projects

    4. How to proceed next with publishing



    You can find Pontus on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/pontusmah...



    To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: indiegame.business

    Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: powellgroupconsulting.com

    Watch the official live stream: twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness

    Watch Indie's live stream: twitch.tv/INDIE

    Join the Indie Game Business Discord: discord.gg/indiegamebusiness



    The Twitters to follow -

    Indie Game Business: twitter.com/BusinessIndie

    Powell Group Consulting: twitter.com/PowellGrp

    Jay: twitter.com/Powell_Jay

    INDIE: twitter.com/TheRealIndie



    Donate to Extra Life with our link: extra-life.org/participant/IndieGameBusiness

    Join the Indie Game Business Extra Life Team: extra-life.org/team/indiegamebusiness


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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/indiegamebusiness/support

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Curved Space's marketing journey from self published to signing with Maximum Games

    Curved Space's marketing journey from self published to signing with Maximum Games

    Today we are talking with Andrew Czarnietzki from Only By Midnight twitter.com/onlybymidnight about their journey into publishing. 



    We will be discussing:



    - Their original marketing plan (including capital raised for paid marketing)

    - Marketing failure

    - Pivot to a publishing model

    - Finding the right publisher (including turning down a deal) and signing with Maximum Games



    To learn more about the show or our online business matchmaking events for indie developers visit: indiegame.business

    Indie Game Business is produced by The Powell Group: powellgroupconsulting.com

    Watch the official live stream: twitch.tv/indiegamebusiness

    Watch Indie's live stream: twitch.tv/INDIE

    Join the Indie Game Business Discord: discord.gg/indiegamebusiness



    The Twitters to follow -

    Indie Game Business: twitter.com/BusinessIndie

    Powell Group Consulting: twitter.com/PowellGrp

    Jay: twitter.com/Powell_Jay

    INDIE: twitter.com/TheRealIndie



    Donate to Extra Life with our link: extra-life.org/participant/IndieGameBusiness

    Join the Indie Game Business Extra Life Team: extra-life.org/team/indiegamebusiness




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    Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/indiegamebusiness/support

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

ScottD890 ,

Good episodes but some of the production needs some work.

Good info, I just wish they would turn off their mics when they aren’t talking and are on the discord or sneeze. When you listen with headphones it can be really distracting to hear keys typing in the background while the guest talks.

Logisverð ,

Not enough effort put in

I've listened to quite a few game development podcasts, so seeing one proclaiming to be one about gamedev business piqued my interest. Unfortunately, I think this podcast has a lot of room to improve. Here are some quick bullet points that hopefully the creators read:

1.) There's a major lack of editing. I understand that this takes time, but if you want more people to listen to your podcast, you have to realize that spending 2 hours editing down your video to shrink it by 30 minutes breaks even if you have 4 listeners who in total save 2 hours. Please respect our time.

2.) Segueing off that, I would also like if the title of the episode lined up with its content. "The State of Indie Games" was the one I started with, and it was hard to tell what the topic was because the first 10-20 minutes were rambling about booths at a convention (?) without much further explanation.

3.) During that same episode the hosts were looking up said booth-indie games on Youtube or Steam or whatever, and the audio feed from the browser plugged directly into whatever audio output you guys use for the podcast. I got completely startled walking down the street as 2 seconds of loud bombastic horns from some trailer accidentally slid into the final product. Then it happened again, and again, and I figured it out. Please either check your final cut before uploading, or be more careful about letting outside audio sources contaminate the cut.

Let's be fair here, you guys are doing this for free and I can't be indignant about a free product. Hopefully this feedback is useful to you. I'll resub in a couple months to see if it improves (and maybe change my rating, not sure if I can do that on itunes)

Recovering BJ fan ,

Great info!

There are very informative interesting talks with variety of guests.

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