Sally Blake is the CEO of Silent Games and has worked in both AAA and indie game development for almost 10 years. She has either won or been shortlisted for multiple industry awards for developing strong, happy and motivated teams, as well as her work around diversity and inclusion. Born in Bradford and now living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK, she champions the game industry in the North of England and founded Women Making Games (WOMG) to support women in the local area. Sally has shipped numerous titles including: “Just Dance”, “Watch Dogs”, “Tom Clancy’s The Division 1&2”, “Descenders”, “Yes, Your Grace”, “Hypnospace Outlaw”, “Britannia VR” and more.
Sally, CEO of Silent Games will be discussing how the studio was founded, what funding pots are available for UK-based Game Developers, and tips for successfully pitching to publishers and investors. Sally will also cover how to keep a studio running financially while searching for investment, as well as how to build your studio culture and brand from scratch.
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