Monthly Archives: March 2007

The publisher shall pay the developer… eventually

Let’s assume that you have managed to negotiate a deal where the publisher doesn’t recoup advances (as mentioned here) or maybe you have self-funded development and will be earning a royalty from unit one. It might seem that all is looking rosy is the cash-flow garden. Sadly there is a weed in the flower bed […]

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Stupid reason #2 – “I have just been sacked”

A sudden change of circumstances isn’t a good reason to start a business (unless you have spent the previous few months planning to do so). Being made redundant can be a stressful event and for that reason isn’t ideal for planning a company. There is a lot of planning and research that should be undertaken […]

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Do you speak publisher?

If you want to be a successful computer game developer you need to be bi-lingual. As a developer your native tongue is most likely Creative but when doing business with computer and video game publishers you also need to speak Business. The problem for many computer game developers is that the two languages appears to […]

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India Outsourcing post-mortem

Rakkar has posted a blog entry here with some useful advise on how not to outsource. To get my programmers, I posted on a general job site, naukri.com. Lesson one – research: To find game developers go to game dev related sites and ask for recommendations for sites where good outsources can be found (or […]

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Stupid reason #1 – “My boss is stupid”

The supposed stupidity of others is never a good reason to start a business. I get quite a few start-up developers contacting me for advise. When asked why they are setting up their own business one of the (many) reasons quoted is often “the management of the team we work for are stupid. We know […]

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