Des Gayle

Altered Gene

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Des is the founder and CEO of Altered Gene, a remote games studio currently working on two unannounced titles for PC.
Before starting his own development studio, Des built up a wealth of experience on both the publishing and development sides of making video games having got started over 20 years ago. He has worked with several of the games industry's leading products: at Microsoft he worked on the launch of the original Xbox, he helped EA for five years supporting their development teams, he managed R&D at Crytek’s European offices and was also the original producer for Square Enix Collective. His breakout project was working on the original Life Is Strange series that won a BAFTA and other awards.
Des is currently a board member of UKIE, a founding member of diversity and inclusion movement, POC in Play and he is also deputy chair of the games committee at BAFTA.

Des Gayle is speaking at the following session/s

Founding a Game Studio: The Highs and Lows

Wednesday 13th July: 12.00 - 12.45Room 1

Founding a Game Studio: The Highs and Lows is a panel that features a number of experienced studio founders to discuss the challenges and highlights of founding and running your own game studio. The panel will cover topics such as: creating a studio vision, running a studio ethically, overcoming challenges and finding sustainable investment. The panel will feature candid questions that will shed light on some of the lesser-known aspects of managing a game development studio and audience members will have the opportunity to ask insightful questions to accomplished founders who have seen a lot! The panel will also inspire those wanting to create their own studio in the future, as well as providing additional knowledge to existing industry founders.

Takeaway:

  • How and why studios are founded and how they are sustained over time
  • Potential pitfalls, challenges, risks and mitigations to those issues
  • The benefits and highlights of running your own studio vs working in an existing studio

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