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How 'Killer Queen' Built an Esports Scene on an Indie Budget

Alan Dang (Producer, Funktronic Labs)

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Topic: Community Management Summit

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

'Killer Queen Arcade' is a competitive indie arcade game that has managed to create an esports community around a 5 on 5 arcade 2018! From community-led monthly regional tournaments to the annual National BumbleBash Tournament, Killer Queen has created a phenomenon through a lot of hard work, clever design, and ground level efforts to build local communities. Learn about how 'Killer Queen' managed to create a national esport without having to spend like a AAA gaming studio.


Learn about how KQ approaches building community by aggressively engaging with its community and enabling its core fans to express themselves in the community. From community outreach and participation, to how merchandise is handled, to even game design and system features, a variety of different aspects of KQ have had successful and not so successful effects to foster a competitive national scene for an indie game.

Intended Audience

Game developers who are creating competitive games and want to build a community around them, and community managers who are looking at ways to build communities around competitive games.