Hollie Emery

Bonsai Collective

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Hollie Emery is an experienced Production Director, freelance consultant and co-founder of Bonsai Collective, an independent developer specialising in original IP created in Unreal Engine. Previously, Hollie has shaped development processes for the BAFTA award-winning "Overcooked", "Yoku's Island Express", the upcoming "Horizon: Call of the Mountain", and more. They have been featured in MCV 30 under 30 and nominated for the 2020 Game Dev Heroes Production award.

When they are not developing games, they are advocating for non-binary rights and LGBTQIA+ representation, playing ukulele and growing lots of plants.

Hollie Emery 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.


  • 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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