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Use the GDC 2021 Session Viewer to browse and sort the ever-growing list of sessions by day, time, pass type, topic, and format. All registered attendees will be able to build their personal schedule directly within the event platform, once live early July 2021. All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Independent Games Summit: You Have to Stop Working, Even When You Can't Stop Working

Rebekah Saltsman  (Co-Founder & CEO, Finji)

Céline Veltman  (Artist, Independent)

Danny Day  (Designer, Independent)

Chandana Ekanayake  (Co-founder & Studio Director, Outerloop Games)

Astrid Refstrup  (CEO & Co-founder, Triple Topping)

Tanya X. Short  (Captain, Kitfox Games)

Date: Monday, July 19

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Independent Games

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

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

As an indie, it can feel impossible to stop working at 5pm, never mind take off weeks or months... but these experienced indies are here to tell you that leave is not just a luxury, it's a necessity. Each of them have taken periods of time away from their work, even though the pressure was strong to keep going and burn out instead. This series of microtalks will give you the tools you need (mentally) to take that leave effectively and work more sustainably.


Practical tips and personal advice from five different veteran indies, about how they moved away from self-destructive work habits and into a healthier craft.