Morgan Jaffit (Founder, Defiant Development)
Location: Room 2014, West Hall
Date: Wednesday, March 22
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
All Access Pass, Core Pass
Business & Marketing, Production & Team Leadership
Vault Recording: Video
Audience Level: Intermediate
Founder Morgan Jaffit explores the rise and fall of the award-winning Australian studio Defiant Development, and the emotional toll of its 2019 closure. This talk looks in detail at the ways a company structure and culture are built, and how this can set game developers up for success or failure. Morgan considers and outlines some of the ways the Defiant culture helped and how it ultimately hindered its ultimate success.
Finally, this talk is an exploration of how to weather successes and failures: What is the emotional toll of failure, and what are the opportunities offered when things fall out from underneath you?
Attendees will learn how to avoid failure, but also what to do when everything falls apart. How do you build robust development structures that can survive challenging times, and what do you do when that's not enough?
This is for anyone running or intending to run an indie business, and anyone who's ever feared failing or wondered what to do once they have.