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Going Indie: 10 Questions to Help You Decide if It's Right for You

Don Daglow  |  CEO, Daglow Entertainment LLC

Location: Room 2020, West Hall

Format: Session
Track: Business, Marketing & ManagementProduction
Vault Recording: Video

Some people "go indie" without a plan for exactly how they'll make a living. Others will tell you they can never afford to take the risk. What really goes into being an indie developer? Is there a checklist that tells you what to do? When is an indie job just the same job in a new package? What do you give up and what do you gain? What are the perils that can turn that dream of building your own game into a long-term nightmare? How do you know that you're ready to go for your dreams? Don Daglow has spent the last five years of his 40-year career working with indie teams. In this session, he'll walk you through a series of questions that cover if, when and how you want to set sail on your own ship.


How to look at the financial and personal sides of indie game development as two very different processes. The three things that successful entrepreneurs learn their first year in business. How to make "Never give up!" work for you in a practical way, without taking unnecessary risks.

Intended Audience

Anyone who is thinking of starting or joining a startup or a small independent team, and people who work with indies and want to gain perspectives on the challenges and opportunities.