The IGDA has announced a new collaboration with the IEP (Interactive Entertainment Professionals) to tackle the issues of commercial viability of independent game studios, utilising online learning opportunities and webinar programs to educate developers on key issues.
“This year the IGDA embraced a new mission statement focused on supporting and empowering game developers around the world in achieving fulfilling and sustainable careers,” said Jen MacLean, executive director, IGDA.
The initial series will consist of a series of online learning videos and AMA style webinars with leading industry experts. The first four of which cover topics including; Financial Fundamentals, Working with Contracts, Business Continuity Planning and Managing Your Brand and Reputation.
“A critical component of this is providing access to education and best practices that not only help individuals, but also promote more sustainable studios and job stability for the workforce. We chose to partner with IEP, because it offers some of the industry’s best workforce education programs in this area.”
“While there are many institutions that teach technical skills, IEP focuses on improving the resilience, agility and commercial viability of video game individuals and their organizations,“ said Greg Short, president, IEP. “Our collaboration with the IGDA will help business operators prepare for the rapid change and dynamic forces that exist in the video games industry.”
The free webinar based program will launch later this year, with a more robust on-demand learning program available for IGDA members to purchase in 2019.
IGDA executive director, Jen MacLean spoke about the motivation surrounding the new series in a recent in a recent blog post.