About Tony Chan
Welcome Game Devs! My name is Tony Chan and this is my story.
Who is Tony Chan?
I’m a family guy in my late twenties who wanted to join the game industry since I was a kid. Unfortunately, I gave up that dream in college because programming and drawing were too hard. I felt like there wasn’t an opportunity for me. I was lost, confused, and unmotivated thus I took on a different career path. The game industry in Houston isn’t big either, I would have to go to Austin or San Francisco to have any luck.
I graduated from college with a degree in organizational and leadership supervision then went on to work for a data company as a market researcher. After three years in the professional world, I started to feel really unhappy and unfulfilled. I never wanted to work in a data company, my dream was to be in the game industry. I read a book called the 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss and it changed my perspective in life. It also taught me how to outsource work. I immediately hired a programmer and artist to start working on my first game called Finding Leo. I made a ton of mistakes to this day:
- No scope
- Terrible communication
- Wasted money
- Zero research
- Millions more
But here is the thing, I am extremely proud that I was able to actually create a game. I lead a team to complete a full game! Even with all the mistakes I made, it was a great learning experience that I can take forward. I have the credibility that showed I took action and made something happen. My next game will be better.
How Game Dev Loadout Began
THERE IS SO MUCH TO LEARN
We all heard the stories of how hard the game industry can be. People getting burnout, crunch time, terrible pay, layoffs, etc. Yet I still wanted to join no matter what. I started to go to local communities to network and build relationships. I even spoke in front of the Houston City Councils to ask for funding to grow the industry here. I wanted to keep learning and hope, in the end, I will find a way in.
Video: Karen Synder and I talked to the Houston City Councils in order to bring video game awareness
I started listening to podcast around the time and John Lee Dumas of EOFIRE podcast motivated to start my own. I already had no doubt in my mind that people were in the exact situation as I am. Since I was on the journey of trying to learn more, why not help other people as well. Boom! Game Dev Loadout was created. I began interviewing many great people and started to receive thank you messages from my listeners. It’s a great feeling when you are helping and inspiring people. I’ve always given back to the community like feeding the homeless in downtown and volunteering at the dog shelter. And now I get to give back to the video game community that I’m deeply passionate about.
A Bit About Me
Movie = Wall-E
TV = Breaking Bad
Superhero = Spider-Man
Game = Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Book = The Four Hour Week by Tim Ferriss
Music = The Beatles
Hobby = Play Video Games
Sport = UFC/Boxing
- Meet Shigeru Miyamoto
- Spar in a boxing match
- Learn to Swim
- Speak at a Game Conference
- Scuba Diving
- Try out America Ninja Warrior
- Run a marathon
- Write an ebook
- Get a GOTY award (dream big!)
- Jim Rohn – We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.
- Tim Ferriss – What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
- Gary Vaynerchuk – When it comes down to it, nothing trumps execution.
- Tony Robbins – Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.
- Napoleon Hill – Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
Let’s build a community together where we share ideas and support one another. I love hearing stories of my guests on how they got started and what they are currently doing do this day. There are so many great resources out there to utilize. We have to hustle and take action for results. I’ve been doing so much in 2017. I’ve been emailing people in the game industry nonstop to get interviews. I learned how to use WordPress and Wix, edit audio and video, tried out Facebook, Reddit and Google ads, reached out to sponsors, and now I’m going to game conferences to network and build meaningful relationships. I want to inspire you to do the same because we are on the same path. I’m still new and learning just like you. Remember that knowledge is only POTENTIAL power, EXECUTION is the game. Join me on this journey to model after the best and create results.