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Game Career Seminar: "You Want to Do What?" Non-Traditional Pathways to Game Development

JC Lau  (Producer, Harebrained Schemes)

Osama Dorias  (Lead Game Designer, Warner Brothers)

Marina Diez  (Creative Director, Three of Cups Games)

Erika Olsen  (Publishing Producer, Humble Bundle)

Date: Friday, July 23

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass, Career Development Pass

Topic: Game Career Development

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: I acknowledge GDC 2021 is an all-digital event and commit to participating virtually.

Deciding to go into games from another (possibly more stable) career can often be a daunting choice. Why would anyone want to do it, and how can you make the move in a way that is optimal and sustainable? This panel is comprised developers who took a range of different paths into games. We'll discuss how and why we made the leap into games, some useful tips for getting in the door, and some practical next steps for maximizing your chances of success on the other side of those studio doors.


Attendees will learn to identify their non-technical skill sets, and understand how those skills apply in various roles in a game studio environment. They will also learn practical tips to prepare for a career change, as well as techniques for marketing those skills to games studios to enhance their opportunities for moving into a game career.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this talk is people currently in other career paths who have considered entering the games industry but didn't know how to start. It would also be applicable to students looking for their first game job, or relatively new people in the industry looking for mobility within a studio.