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Funding Game Development

"It takes money to make money." You may have heard that before, and it's as true in game development as it is in the rest of life. This meetup will bring together representatives from several local developers that make a living making games to talk about how they fund their games.

The speakers will be:

Michael Orlando from Lumate on Venture Capital
George Lippert from Speedbump Games (Dream Revenant) on Independent with a publisher
Matt Donatelli from Graphite Lab (Hive Jump, My Little Pony) on Work for Hire/Kickstarter
Seth Coster or Sam Coster from Butterscotch Shenanigans (Crashlands) on Indie
Ben Triola from Happy Badgers on Games in between for-pay projects

This event is open to everyone and there is no level of experience required. Even if you can't see yourself staring a development shop, you will likely learn something about the kinds of decisions that go into making the games you love.

The panel will likely be run by local game development supporter Wes Ehrlichman, but it's intended to be largely interactive. If you have any questions for the panel, please leave them below or bring them to the event and ask the panel yourself.

Note: This event was originally known as "Monetizing games", but the focus has shifted to something that will hopefully be more immediately practical. If you would still like to talk about Monetizing games please say so in the comments below.

Location and Panel Members are subject to change

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  • Matt D.

    Very grateful to be invited to be part of the panel. Thanks everyone! Hope it was fun and informative!

    2 · September 9, 2014

  • Cora Hoogeboom S.

    It was fun meeting everyone! Thanks for hosting!

    September 9, 2014

  • Cora Hoogeboom S.

    It was fun meeting everyone! Thanks for hosting!

    1 · September 9, 2014

  • Kyu

    Interesting and very informative. Thanks go to the panelists for candidly sharing their perspectives.

    3 · September 8, 2014

  • Gary

    Is this going to go up on Youtube?

    4 · September 8, 2014

    • John C.

      I like the YouTube Idea

      September 8, 2014

    • Wes E.

      Don't want to promise it, but these events are usually put on YouTube.

      September 8, 2014

  • Wes E.

    It looks like the attendance is going to be very high for our location. There are 60 seats in the room and standing room for approximately 20 more. If you would like to be guaranteed a seat please arrive early (But not more than 30 minutes early as you will not be allowed in the door).

    Thanks everyone for signing up and helping to make this event a guaranteed success!

    September 8, 2014

    • Randy

      I'll be there early for sure! O-o I won't even stay late for work if they need it. ("need" it XD)

      1 · September 8, 2014

  • Randy

    O-o Going to be a big event it seems. Should definitely get there early if you want a seat (as stated above though, no more then a half hour early). O-o this is also the monday before pixelpop. :D

    2 · August 25, 2014

  • Jen P.

    We could bring Flip Hue and talk about our experiences with the Kickstarter so far if you'd like? :)

    2 · August 20, 2014

    • Wes E.

      I would! Not sure about the right format for that. This feels like it might run long with 5 panelists and a spinoff talk.

      August 21, 2014

    • Jen P.

      No worries! Well bring the game just in case, but I was figuring in a more informal way :). It's not like it's hard for me, Matt, or Tim to talk about it anyway XD

      1 · August 21, 2014

  • Michael O.

    Very excited to see everyone. I haven't been to a meetup in a while and I hope everyone comes with lots of questions!

    1 · August 20, 2014

  • Elonka D.

    Sorry folks, I know this has been on the calendar forever for October 2013, but our speaker won't be able to make it. I'm temporarily changing the date to 2014, but we'll try and find something else that works soon. In the meantime, we'll try to find another topic for October, stay tuned!

    September 15, 2013

  • David W.

    I can organize it if you like.

    May 25, 2013

    • Wes E.

      That would be great! Thanks David.

      May 25, 2013

  • Wes E.

    Who wants to organize this talk?

    April 25, 2013

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