Two members of our team (myself and Nish Patel) spent the week in San Francisco at GDC 2012, meeting with our existing customers, some new prospects, and on the expo floor chatting with game studios and outsourcing partners. We’ve returned with a better understanding of game studios, and how ConceptShare supports the creative workflow of game teams. After digesting all of the new information I received while at GDC, here are a couple of the major trends and observations we made:
Outsourcing has become standard operating practice for game studios of all shapes (console, casual, mobile) and sizes. No longer is the quality of work being produced “over there” being questioned. Studios have bought into the reality that outsourcing helps them produce the high-quality assets they need within increasingly tight timelines.
At this year’s GDC we noticed two big trends when it came to outsourcing:
As you probably know by now, Nish Patel and Matthew Kelly are heading to GDC to talk creative review. We'd like to meet as many people as we can while we're there, and have a few opportunities to do this:
ConceptShare is heading to GDC 2012 in San Francisco from Wednesday, March 7 to Friday, March 9. You'll be able to find Nish Patel and Matthew Kelly all week at the conference. We’ll be around the conference floor, meeting with current customers, speaking with people who are thinking about implementing ConceptShare, or those just curious about what we do. If you fall into any of these groups, we’d like to invite you to meet us for a drink and a chat!
UPDATE - We're going to be meeting Wednesday, March 7 at Bin 55 in the Marriott Hotel (55 4th Street - right across from the convention centre). We hope to see you there!
GDC Online was our first time exhibiting at any of the GDC events and it was a fantastic experience. We got to meet dozens of people from the games industry; from the biggest studios in the world to small studios creating a wide range of casual and online games to students from local schools (including: Arts Institute Austin, Alamo College, Houston Community College) who were getting immersed in the latest trends and tools of the industry that they’ll soon be working in.