This is the one that I am most unclear about, but it’s so closely related to part 1 of my next adventures - so I’ll let you into my foggy thoughts on the subject.
I want to establish myself as some form of agent for game developers. I want to help them find the best publishing and distribution platforms for their games and I want to help them with professional PR and advertisement.
I think game publishing and distribution is coming into a very good era, but I also think that it’s a growing into a challenging landscape to coordinate in. I want to be the woman who guides these game designers on to the paths that are right for them.
I have a lot to learn and the last couple of months have been good research for me. I’ve been using the gaming event that I’m organising with Spillmakerlauget as a base for this research, which is also why I gush so when I write about them, for they’ve been very open and welcoming. It’s been a great way for me to learn more about the game development community in Norway and what their needs are. Where’s the gap and can I fill it? I most definitely can (when did I become so arrogant?) and I see there’s a lot of potential for me to start a good business. There are some pretty amazing games in production and I sincerely want them to do well.
I’ve been wanting to get into the computer game industry for a while now, I just didn’t know how. But I truly believe that this is something I could do well.
So this is where I’m at right now:
- I’m setting up meetings and introductions
- I’m writing a business plan
- I’m trying to think of a good name – but struggling. Suggestions are very welcome!
- And I’m reading wonderful blogs such as Games Brief to get a grip on the industry
- I’m making my own map of what publishing and distribution looks like today in the computer game industry
- Strongly considering bankrupting myself by going to GDC Europe to start establishing the relationships I need. Are you going?
I’m sure that this will be a forum where I brainstorm more openly about how to do this. Cause I’ll be honest with you – I’m kinda scared about this whole “found my vocation in life” thing. I have days of feeling very alone and vulnerable. But then I have a meeting or a phone call with a non-believer of the industry and I find myself doing well and sounding pretty convincing (yes – I surprise myself!). I soooo hope that it is not an illusion and that I can make this work.