Networking in the Gaming Industry

Networking within the gaming industry in 2021 and the near post pandemic era will continue to be a challenge. Not an insurmountable one, but a challenge, nonetheless. Let’s take a look at some of these obstacles and suggest the best practices for overcoming them. 

Modern Challenges

Gone are the days when developers were provided with a definite set of issues to overcome and cut-and-dry processes for tackling them. The age of technology is developing at such a rapid pace that simply understanding the issues you face is just the first step in the marathon that we call success.

Covid-19 has challenged all of us, gamers and farmers alike, to revolutionize the way we do business and interact with our industry peers. We have to take into account the health and well being of our friends and families. Government regulations and guidelines dictate much of our interactions and travel policy. 

In the age of information, the entire world is watching our every move, expecting those of us at the cutting edge of technological advancement to set the bar. 

Face-to-face interactions are invaluable. We all know this. But those possibilities are off the table right now. We aren’t going to be sitting across from one another at a coffee shop spit-balling ideas for a while still. For those of us that work closely together and live separated by state or international borders, we don’t know when we will meet again. 

And with the Game Developers Conference shifting to an all-digital format for the second year in a row, this continues to be the trend. While you can still register to attend, anyone who has been to a GDC knows the real value is in the in-person networking potential it brings. E3, and the PAX series of events will also be online for the foreseeable future.

So, with all of these issues making our most valuable asset, our name and reputation, so hard to cultivate, how do we rise above the age of Covid?

Modern Solutions

It shouldn’t be a surprise that many local opportunities to network have shifted to online Twitch informational seminars and Zoom based discussions and Q&A sessions. A starting point should be to search out any local IGDA Chapters, which will be super helpful getting your name out amongst your peers locally, but why limit yourself to one location when you have the opportunity with all these virtual groups. Is there a local hub that has your interest? Search them out. LinkedIn, Meetup and Facebook will no doubt have groups in those areas directed at developers and even within specific disciplines. Looking for a couple of ideas? How about Boston Indies, or even Boston Unity Group?

Gamesmith, itself can also help by keeping you in touch with your network. You can look up and find your counterparts and start networking with just a few clicks. Reconnecting with old friends is a cinch and anyone can message anyone so long as they have a profile.

By creating an account, you also have access to the Gamesmith Discord channel. On the Discord channel you can denote your role and display your work, all with the added benefit of real-time chatting and peer feedback. 

These channels cover a wide range of specializations including design, engineering, product analysis, art, sales and marketing and many more. 

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