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Game Discoverability Day: Why Forums Can Be Great for Indie Community and Discoverability

Philomena Schwab (Co-Fawnder and Game Designer, Stray Fawn Studio)

Location: Room 3007, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 5:30pm - 6:00pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Business & Marketing

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Game Discoverability Day

Vault Recording: Video

Nowadays, few game developers try to start forums for their game/studio. Discord, Facebook groups and Subreddits are the new buzzwords when it comes to community building. However, after trying out all these alternatives, Stray Fawn Studio decided to use a forum as its main community hub. This talk gives insight into how a forum, especially when extended with modern plugins, can still keep up with the newer options. Hear why the Stray Fawn team and other indie studios of different sizes have decided on the forum option, how to keep your forums alive and why it makes sense to include other community hubs alongside them.

Takeaway

Attendees gain insight into different kinds of community hubs with their unique benefits and problems, as well as what type of information helps you evaluate/re-evaluate whether a chosen hub fits your (and you audience's) needs. Does it makes sense to follow the latest trends, or is wiser to use something classic?

Intended Audience

Indie developers of all experience levels who want to build a community and are looking for a suitable hub or are already managing a community.