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Candid conversations with veterans of all aspects of the business side of games. We firmly believe that great games from all developers need the support they deserve to succeed. This podcast exists to provide that support. IndieGameBusiness® is produced by The Powell Group, a video game consulting firm specializing in business development, marketing, and licensing. Our CEO has been in the industry for 20 years and closed countless publishing and licensing deals. The Powell Group monitors over 3,500 game developers and 750+ publishers. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

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Candid conversations with veterans of all aspects of the business side of games. We firmly believe that great games from all developers need the support they deserve to succeed. This podcast exists to provide that support. IndieGameBusiness® is produced by The Powell Group, a video game consulting firm specializing in business development, marketing, and licensing. Our CEO has been in the industry for 20 years and closed countless publishing and licensing deals. The Powell Group monitors over 3,500 game developers and 750+ publishers. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

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@PowellGrp

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English


Episodes
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How to NOT screw up your indie game launch. 30 mistakes in 30 minutes. | Chris Zukowski

7/17/2024
Join Chris Zukowski, Creative Director of How To Market A Game, as he delves into the art of getting great visibility while marketing your indie game on this episode of IndieGameBusiness. Chris shares valuable insights and strategies for maximizing visibility and reaching your target audience effectively in today's competitive gaming landscape. Discover the secrets to successful indie game marketing as Chris explores various tactics and approaches to enhance visibility and attract attention to your game. From leveraging social media platforms to optimizing your marketing efforts, Chris offers actionable tips and best practices to help indie developers stand out in the crowded market. Stay connected with Chris Zukowski to access more expert advice on indie game marketing and industry insights. Connect with Chris Zukowski: Twitter: twitter.com/AdventureMtn LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/chriszukowski Don't miss this enlightening discussion that provides valuable guidance on mastering indie game marketing and achieving greater visibility for your game. Subscribe to IndieGameBusiness for more informative discussions on game development and industry trends. #IndieGameBusiness #GameMarketing #IndieDev #Visibility #MarketingStrategy --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:01:05:55

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Self Publishing, Management, LATAM Game Market, and Investment | Juliana Brito

6/28/2024
In this episode, we have Juliana Brito, CEO of Indie Hero, discussing self-publishing, management, the LATAM game market, and investment. Juliana shares her extensive experience and insights on various aspects of the gaming industry, particularly in Latin America. Topics Covered: The importance of self-publishing in LATAM and why it's crucial for developers in the region. Insights into the management of game development and maintaining engagement with volunteers worldwide. The journey and inspiration behind the creation of Indie Hero. Key learnings from running four acceleration programs and understanding the unique challenges and opportunities for LATAM studios. The significance of considering LATAM when publishing a game and the potential growth in the market. The role of international events in the growth and exposure of gaming companies. Juliana also delves into GameJam Plus, providing details about the initiative and how it keeps volunteers motivated and engaged globally. Connect with Juliana Brito: LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/julianasilvabrito Instagram: instagram.com/jsibrito Don't miss this insightful discussion with Juliana Brito, where she sheds light on the LATAM game market, self-publishing, and the impact of global engagement on game development. Subscribe to IndieGameBusiness for more expert advice and industry insights. #IndieGameBusiness #GameDevelopment #SelfPublishing #LATAMGameMarket #GamingInvestment #IndieDev --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:01:00:42

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The Most Important Things You Need to Know About Indie Game Funding and Publishing | Alan Wilson

6/21/2024
Join us for an enlightening conversation with Alan Wilson, Co-Founder of Tripwire Interactive, as he delves into the most critical aspects of indie game funding and publishing. In this episode, Alan shares his extensive knowledge and experience in the gaming industry, providing invaluable insights into the current state of funding and publishing for indie games. Discover the key factors that indie developers need to consider when seeking funding and navigating the publishing landscape. Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that come with indie game development and how to effectively manage resources to bring your game to market. Alan's expertise will guide you through the essential steps to secure funding and establish successful publishing partnerships. Connect with Alan Wilson: LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/wilsonam Don't miss this informative session with Alan Wilson, where he highlights the most important things you need to know about indie game funding and publishing. Subscribe to IndieGameBusiness for more expert advice and industry insights. #IndieGameBusiness #GameFunding #IndieDev #GamePublishing #GamingIndustry --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:01:18:00

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Talking with Jay Powell, Founder of Powell Group and IndieGameBusiness

5/31/2024
Join us for an exclusive conversation with Jay Powell, Founder of Powell Group Consulting and IndieGameBusiness, as he shares insights into his journey in the game industry and the mission behind Powell Group and IndieGameBusiness. Discover how Jay embarked on his career in the game industry and the pivotal moments that led to the establishment of Powell Group Consulting. Gain valuable insights into the core services offered by Powell Group and how they support developers in navigating the complexities of the gaming market. Learn about the inspiration behind the creation of IndieGameBusiness and its role in providing invaluable resources, networking opportunities, and industry insights to indie developers worldwide. Explore Jay's vision for the future of IndieGameBusiness and its impact on the indie game community. Connect with Jay Powell and delve into the world of game development, consulting, and industry networking through IndieGameBusiness. Stay connected with Jay Powell: Discord: indiegamebusiness.com/discord/ Facebook: indiegamebusiness.com/facebook/ YouTube: indiegamebusiness.com/youtube/ Instagram: indiegamebusiness.com/instagram/ TikTok: indiegamebusiness.com/tiktok/ Twitch: indiegamebusiness.com/twitch/ Don't miss this engaging discussion with Jay Powell, where he shares his expertise and passion for supporting indie developers on their journey to success. Subscribe to IndieGameBusiness for more insightful conversations and industry updates. #IndieGameBusiness #GameIndustry #IndieDev #GameConsulting #Networking --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:01:49:57

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Unionization in the Video Game Industry

5/17/2024
We're excited to have Jenny Jarzabski, Senior Developer at Paizo, joining us to discuss "Unionization in the Video Game Industry." Jenny brings a wealth of experience and insights into the topic, having played a pivotal role in advocating for unionization within the game industry. Throughout our conversation, we'll delve into various aspects of unionization and its impact on game developers. Jenny will share her firsthand experiences, shedding light on her job responsibilities at Paizo and the motivations behind the decision to unionize. We'll explore the significance of solidarity in the workplace and delve into the bargaining process involved in establishing a union. Furthermore, Jenny will provide valuable insights into the role of a union steward and discuss the potential downsides of being in a union, offering a balanced perspective on the topic. For those interested in unionizing their workplace, Jenny will offer practical advice on the first steps to take and highlight the importance of collective action in advocating for workers' rights. Additionally, Jenny will share her excitement about upcoming releases in the tabletop gaming industry, giving us a glimpse into the innovative projects she's been working on at Paizo. Stay connected with Jenny Jarzabski on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/spaceprincess_j LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-jarzabski/ Join us as we explore the crucial topic of unionization in the video game industry and gain valuable insights from Jenny's extensive experience and advocacy efforts. #IndieGameBusiness #Unionization #VideoGameIndustry #JennyJarzabski #Paizo #GameDevelopment #WorkersRights #Solidarity #UnionSteward #CollectiveAction #TabletopGaming #Starfinder #Pathfinder --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:01:08:53

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The Future of the Video Game Industry

5/10/2024
Today, we're excited to have Timothy Johnson, Founder and Principal Engineer of ExJin Studios, joining us to discuss "The Future of the Video Game Industry." During our discussion, Timothy will share insights from his work at Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and WB Games and why he started “Chat Arcade” - a platform for discord based games. We'll also delve into his collaboration with Will Wright and the innovative projects they've worked on together, offering a glimpse into the future of interactive entertainment. Stay connected with Timothy Johnson on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/AtlGameDev LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timothy-johnson-dev/ Don't miss this opportunity to dive into the future of gaming with Timothy Johnson, only on IndieGameBusiness! #IndieGameBusiness #VideoGameIndustry #FutureOfGaming #TimothyJohnson #ExJinStudios #AIinGames #GameDevelopment #Innovation #Collaboration #ChatArcade #GameDevCommunity --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:00:59:18

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How Important are Voiceovers for your Indie Game?

5/10/2024
We are delighted to have Michael Schwalbe, Voiceactor / Casting Director / Voice Director at What He Said Voiceovers, LLC, joining us to explore the topic of "How Important are Voiceovers for your Indie Game?" Throughout our discussion, Michael will share invaluable insights into the significance of voiceovers in indie game development. We'll delve into various topics, including the artistry of voiceacting, effective direction, emerging industry trends, the role of AI in voiceovers, and the importance of unionization in the voiceover community. Michael will address common misconceptions among smaller studios regarding fully voicing their games and provide guidance on how to overcome these challenges. He'll also offer his perspective on the future direction of the industry, both in terms of voiceovers and gaming as a whole. Furthermore, Michael will walk us through the intricate process of voicing a game like System Shock, offering firsthand insights into the creative and technical aspects involved. We'll also explore thought-provoking questions such as whether a video game can be considered art and how Michael's background as a singer and metal musician influences his approach to acting. Stay connected with Michael Schwalbe on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/whathesaidvo LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/actormichaelschwalbe/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/actormichaelschwalbe Join us as we dive into the world of voiceovers in indie games and gain valuable insights from Michael's extensive experience and expertise. #IndieGameBusiness #Voiceovers #MichaelSchwalbe #GameDevelopment #IndustryTrends #AIinGames #Unionization #SystemShock #ArtInGames #IndieDev #GameVoiceacting --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:01:11:36

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An Indie Game: From Conception to Completion

4/26/2024
Welcome to IndieGameBusiness! Today, we're thrilled to have Renee Gittins, studio head of Stumbling Cat and developer of Potions: A Curious Tale, joining us to discuss "An Indie Game: From Conception to Completion." Throughout our conversation, Renee will provide fascinating insights into the journey of creating Potions: A Curious Tale, a captivating indie game that has captured the hearts of players worldwide. We'll delve into the inspirations behind the game, exploring what motivated Renee to dedicate a decade of her life to its development and the biggest influences that shaped its unique gameplay and narrative. Renee will share her experiences in building a supportive community around Potions, both during development and leading up to its launch. We'll discuss strategies for fostering community engagement and ensuring the success of indie games in today's competitive market. Additionally, Renee will reflect on her development journey and share any lessons learned along the way. We'll explore aspects of the development process that she wishes she had approached differently and uncover valuable insights that aspiring indie game developers can apply to their own projects. Stay connected with Renee Gittins on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/RikuKat LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/reneegittins/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rikukat/ Join us as we unravel the fascinating story behind Potions: A Curious Tale and gain invaluable advice for navigating the indie game development landscape. #IndieGameDevelopment #PotionsACuriousTale #IndieGameBusiness #ReneeGittins #StumblingCat #GameDevelopment #IndieGames #CommunityBuilding --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:01:09:14

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Building and Growing a Game Development Studio

4/23/2024
Welcome to IndieGameBusiness! Today, we're honored to have Paxton Galvanek, CEO & Co-Founder of Studio Hermitage, joining us to share insights on "Building and Growing a Game Development Studio." Throughout our discussion, Paxton will provide invaluable insights into the journey of establishing and expanding Studio Hermitage in a challenging environment, including the studio's collaboration with Embracer Group since 2023. We'll delve into Paxton's extensive experience in growing AAA studios, drawing from his role in scaling Funcom from 200 to 450 people between 2018 and 2023. Paxton will share strategies for fostering a positive studio culture across various projects and teams, including Independents, Mobile, AA, and AAA studios. Additionally, Paxton will reflect on his journey of breaking into the game development industry, offering insights gleaned from his talks and educational sessions spanning the past decade. Moreover, Paxton will provide fascinating insights into the development of Studio Hermitage's transmedia Intellectual Property, Our Brilliant Ruin (www.ourbrilliantruin.com). We'll explore how the project spans across tabletop RPGs, comics, video games, audio dramas, and more, offering a truly immersive experience for audiences. Stay connected with Paxton Galvanek on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaxtonGalvanek LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paxtongalvanek/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pgalvanek Join us as we unravel the secrets to building and growing successful game development studios, alongside the exciting journey of developing a transmedia IP. #GameDevelopment #StudioHermitage #IndieGameBusiness #PaxtonGalvanek #OurBrilliantRuin #TransmediaIP #AAAStudios #StudioCulture --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:00:59:34

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Why Physical Games are Important in a Digital Era

4/23/2024
Welcome to IndieGameBusiness! In this episode, we have a special guest, Josh Fairhurst, CEO at Limited Run Games & Mighty Rabbit Studios, to discuss the intriguing topic of "Why Physical Games are Important in a Digital Era." During our conversation, Josh will provide insights into Mighty Rabbit Studios and Limited Run Games, exploring the motivation behind starting Limited Run Games. We'll delve into the significance of physical games in a digital era and why developers should be paying attention to this aspect. Josh will share the focus of Mighty Rabbit Studios since the formation of Limited Run Games and reflect on key takeaways from their journey. Additionally, he'll offer advice for other studio runners who may find themselves in similar situations. Stay connected with Josh Fairhurst on Twitter and LinkedIn: Twitter: https://twitter.com/LimitedRunJosh LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshfairhurst/ #PhysicalGames #LimitedRunGames #MightyRabbitStudios #IndieGameBusiness #DigitalEra #JoshFairhurst #GameDevelopmentInsights --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:00:54:03

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PR for Indie Developers

4/5/2024
Welcome to IndieGameBusiness! Today, we're thrilled to have Ryh-Ming Poon, Principal Consultant/Fractional Executive at RPPR, here to share insights on "PR for Indie Developers." Throughout our conversation, Ryh-Ming will provide invaluable insights into her illustrious career path, which began with a passion for PR and gaming. From her journey through PR agencies to roles at major companies like Activision, Machinima, GameFly, Jam City, Xsolla, and ProbablyMonsters, Ryh-Ming will offer valuable lessons and anecdotes. Ryh-Ming will delve into her current work, including her collaboration with Tetris on their 40th anniversary celebration. Additionally, she'll share insights into pivoting out of games into fractional executive roles with tech startups and her involvement in advisory boards, including her role as an advisor on the WIGI board. Furthermore, Ryh-Ming will shed light on the importance of diversity in the gaming and tech industries, emphasizing why it's crucial to continue pushing forward for inclusivity and representation. Stay connected with Ryh-Ming Poon on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/LadyMingPR LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryhming/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ladymingpr/ and https://www.instagram.com/ladyming/ Join us as we explore the world of PR for indie developers and gain valuable insights from Ryh-Ming's extensive experience and expertise. #IndieGameBusiness #PRforDevelopers #RyhMingPoon #DiversityinTech #GamingIndustry #Tetris40th #WIGI #TechStartups #FractionalExecutive --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:01:06:08

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Getting Grants for Indie Games and Discussing Educational Games

3/29/2024
Welcome to IndieGameBusiness! Today, we're delighted to have Dan White, co-founder and CEO of Filament Games, here to share insights on "Getting Grants for Indie Games and Discussing Educational Games." Throughout our discussion, Dan will provide valuable insights into securing grants for indie game projects, focusing particularly on Filament Games' experience with RoboCo and other projects. We'll explore the process of identifying and applying for relevant grants, the role of grants in supporting educational game development, and the challenges of balancing grant requirements with creative vision. Dan will also delve into Filament Games' approach to partnering with educational institutions and organizations, emphasizing the importance of collaboration with subject matter experts and leveraging partnerships for playtesting and feedback. Additionally, we'll discuss the iterative design and development process for educational games, using RoboCo as a case study. Dan will share insights into how RoboCo's design evolved over time, balancing educational content with engaging gameplay mechanics. Stay connected with Dan White and Filament Games on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/FilamentGames LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danwhite3/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FilamentGames Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/filamentgames/ Join us as we explore the future of educational gaming and Filament Games' role in driving innovation within the industry. #IndieGameDevelopment #EducationalGames #GrantsForGames #FilamentGames #IndieGameBusiness #EducationalGaming #GameDevelopment #DanWhite --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:01:08:31

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Starting and Running an Indie Game Studio

3/15/2024
Today, we're excited to have Stuart De Ville, Founder and CEO of Game Dev London, Founder and Director of Fribbly games, freelance Game Asset Artist, and Indie Games Consultant, here to share invaluable insights on "Starting and Running an Indie Game Studio." During our discussion, Stuart will draw from his extensive experience in the industry to provide actionable advice on starting and running a successful game studio. He'll share personal anecdotes, including lessons learned from his first studio's failure and the subsequent journey of starting again. We'll explore topics such as the importance of networking, finding the right project, and mastering the art of pitching and public speaking. Stuart will offer practical strategies for aspiring developers to navigate the challenges of studio management and increase their chances of long-term success. Stay connected with Stuart De Ville on Twitter and LinkedIn: Twitter: https://twitter.com/StuartDeVille LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stuartdeville/ Join us as we dive into the intricacies of indie game studio management and uncover the keys to building a thriving and resilient game development business. #IndieGameStudio #GameDevLondon #FribblyGames #IndieGameBusiness #GameDevelopment #StuartDeVille #Networking #StudioManagement #PitchingSkills --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:01:02:26

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Publishers Vs. Investors For Indie Game Developers

3/8/2024
Welcome to IndieGameBusiness! Today, we're honored to have Eliana Oikawa, CEO at WINGS & COO at Game Habitat, here to discuss the crucial topic of "Publishers Vs. Investors For Indie Game Developers." During our conversation, Eliana will shed light on the important work of WINGS and their ongoing Women's Day Sale on Steam. We'll explore what sets WINGS apart from traditional publishers and investors, as well as the application process and criteria for aspiring developers. Eliana will delve into the financial climate of investments, highlighting the challenges faced by diverse teams in the current landscape. We'll discuss strategies for overcoming these challenges and fostering greater inclusivity in indie game development. Stay connected with Eliana Oikawa and WINGS on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/wingsfundme LinkedIn (Eliana Oikawa): www.linkedin.com/in/elianaoikawa LinkedIn (WINGS): https://www.linkedin.com/company/wings-interactive/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wingsfundme Join us as we explore the intersection of women and indie game development, and discover how initiatives like WINGS are making a difference in the industry. #WomenInGaming #IndieGameDevelopment #WINGSInteractive #GameHabitat #IndieGameBusiness #DiverseTeams #FinancialInvestments #ElianaOikawa --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:01:08:35

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Unlocking Wishlists Through Influencers and Advertising

3/8/2024
This is a must-attend event for video game developers and marketers looking to leverage the power of influencers and advertising for their game's on Steam. #IndieGameBusiness #SteamWishlists #GamingInfluencers --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:01:00:38

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Unlocking Indie Magic: Mocap on a Budget

3/7/2024
Discover the secrets of indie game mocap success on a budget! Join us as we delve into the world of motion capture from a performer's perspective. Learn practical tips, tricks, and budget-friendly techniques to bring your characters to life without breaking the bank. Whether you're a developer or an actor, this session will empower you to leverage mocap for indie game success. #IndieGameBusiness #Mocap #GameMocap#IndieGameMocap --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:00:56:56

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Unlocked Earned Coverage - How to sell your game with limited funds

3/6/2024
It's difficult to make a great game, but selling it is a completely different beast - especially with a low budget. In this session I'll go over the do's and don'ts of launching a title. Many people think that you need an unlimited budget to be successful, but even with limited funds you can set up a successful games marketing campaign. #IndieGameBusiness #GameMarketing #SellYourGame #GameDev #IndieGameDev --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:00:58:54

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Tax Topics for Game Developers

3/5/2024
This session will serve as a primer on US tax issues for game developers who freelance or own their own business. It will cover a range of topics, from Employee vs. Independent Contractor status, to choice of business entity, to valuable tax deductions and credits that may be available to business owners. This session will introduce concepts related to sales tax on digital goods and services and discuss the benefits of the R&D tax credit. The session is recommended for freelances and business owners operating in the US, who want to become active and empowered in managing their tax matters. #Taxes #IndieGameBusiness #GamingTaxes #GameStudioTaxes #TaxAdvice --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:00:58:05

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Pitch Deck Reviews with Firestoke Games - Zombie Rollerz

3/4/2024
Find out what publishers are looking for in a pitch deck. During this session, Omar and Jay review the pitch deck for the game Zombie Rollerz. #pitchdeckreview #IndieGameBusiness #GamePitchDecks --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:00:45:13

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Pitch Deck Reviews with Firestoke Games - Magical Harvest

3/3/2024
Find out what publishers are looking for in a pitch deck. During this session, Omar and Jay review the pitch deck for the game Magical Harvest. #pitchdeckreview #IndieGameBusiness #GamePitchDecks --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/indiegamebusiness/support

Duration:01:06:24