Ken Burgess

Ken Burgess

GIANTS Software

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Ken Burgess has a strong background in the gaming industry, having studied media production and engineering at the OTH Amberg-Weiden in Germany. During his studies, he gained valuable experience through internships at Daedalic Entertainment and writing for M!Games, Germany’s oldest video game magazine and online publication. This allowed him to familiarize himself with the inner workings of a gaming company and the industry as a whole, participating in several events to conduct interviews, write articles, produce videos, and work as QA on his first titles. In 2017, he joined GIANTS Software in Erlangen, Germany as a QA Analyst, where he further developed his skills in QA before taking on the role of QA Lead in 2018. He has since worked on several titles of the Farming Simulator franchise on all major platforms and has become an integral part of the team and company. His efforts have led to him taking on the role of Release Coordinator in 2022, where he now oversees the publishing process for all platforms, plans releases with the developers, and ensures that the next Farming Simulator release is the best one yet.

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Farming Simulator Production Pipeline

This talk will provide a comprehensive look into the development and production pipeline of Farming Simulator, showcasing the various processes and tools that we utilize to create and deliver a successful game. From the pre-production phase to the final builds, the presentation will cover the various tasks and responsibilities involved in creating a title of this scale.

We will also delve into the increased role of QA on the project, highlighting the custom test plans that were created for the 400+ assets in the game, and how the team took on the role of localization for the past game with the help of a glossary that was designed from the ground up and a proprietary localization tool that we created ourselves.

Additionally, attendees will gain insight into the build creation and distribution process, as well as how we work closely together with our Modding community to bring user-generated content to our inGame ModHub.

Overall, this talk will give an in-depth understanding of what goes behind making a big project like Farming Simulator and how a team works in cohesion to deliver a seamless experience across all platforms.

Session Takeaway

Our goal is to provide a transparent and informative look into the development process of a successful sandbox game like Farming Simulator, so that other teams and developers can learn from our experiences and potentially implement similar techniques in their own products. Additionally, this talk aims to help other teams who are working on similar projects, giving them insight on how to manage and optimize their resources, improve quality assurance and publishing process and how to better engage with their community to create a better game.

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