LET'S EXPLORE WHAT GAME DEV LOADOUT IS ALL ABOUT

I’m Tony Chan, creator and host of Game Dev Loadout. If you are a game developer that want inspiration or someone that is thinking about joining the game industry, this page is for you.

My belief in helping you learn is simple: Share the journey of professionals, hard work, be honest, and never giving up. That’s what I’m all about, and that’s what Game Dev Loadout is all about.

What is Game Dev Loadout?

THE DEFINITION

As a new game developer, I experienced the harsh difficulty of leading a team, financing a game, and basically starting from scratch. Thus many others and I would love to learn the following: 

Building an effective workflow that takes advantage of the best gaming tools that allow for a better quality game, boost team morale, clearer communication, and creating a community without the feeling of being lost or demotivated.

In other words, we will model after the best people in the industry. Learn from their experience, use the tools they use, avoid similar mistakes, and so much more. We will get inspire and start off on the right track.

Game Industry Professionals

INSPIRATIONS & RESOURCES

My mission statement is to produce a weekly podcast interviewing the most experienced game developers to empower you with valuable knowledge in game development. Each episode details the journey of professionals who share their worst moment and lessons learned, the best investments they made, their personal values, resources they use, and action steps for us to take! We cover career management, marketing tactics, agile development, community building, and more.

Here is the first podcast episode that I think will give you a great idea of what I hope to accomplish. Enjoy!

What Game Dev Loadout is NOT

KEEP THIS IN MIND

After 60 interviews with the top people in the game industry, I learn…

1. Being a game developer is NOT easy and it takes a lot of hard work. It takes time, patience, persistence, a vision, money, and more. Do not come into the game industry with a big idea as your first game. You will easily burn yourself out when you notice that the vision you had is too much to handle. I’ll do my best to guide you and give you the information you need, but it’s up to you to take action. One key quote I want you to keep in mind is, “Knowledge is only Potential power, Execution is the game.” Equip yourself with the best loadout and take action today.

2. Simply releasing a game and hoping for the best does NOT mean you are done. Community building is so much more important than ever now. Keeping people engage with your company and games will build a loyal fanbase. In fact, you want to build a community before your game is even released. Communication and creating a meaningful relationship will breed success. Start a Facebook group, a website, Twitter, Reddit, etc. to get started.

3. Joining the game industry is NOT impossible. Video games are booming each year. The rise of mobile games, VR and AR, eSports, and tools to creating amazing games means there are more opportunities on the horizon. Unity and Unreal are free now, there are tons of tutorials online, and hopefully, this podcast will get you inspired and give you the toolkit to get started. Keep in mind there are other roles too like marketing, community manager, audio composer, translator, game testers, and more. Pick one and build a portfolio.

No More Waiting or Procrastinating

“KNOWLEDGE IS ONLY POTENTIAL POWER, EXECUTION IS THE GAME”

We tell ourselves we want to do it but don’t put in the work to do it.

It is time to execute on your vision. Do not wait any longer to get started. Take time away from other things if you need to.

I have stopped doing many things to make this podcast happen. I stop going out to eat, stop hanging out with friends, discipline myself to use time wisely by not using youtube and social media as much, and more.

What’s great is that I’m using the money I’m saving by investing in myself like podcast equipment and software.  I get so much accomplished simply by utilizing my time wisely.

The number one thing I want you to take away from this podcast is to just get started.

Best Ways to Utilize Game Dev Loadout

STAY UP TO DATE

I want to give you as much value as possible and so take advantage of all the tools and resources.

I recommend subscribing to the podcast so you can learn from the best people in the game industry. They will tell you stories, give you tools, and offer valuable information.

At the end of each episode, my guests give out their contact info. Please use this opportunity to message them and ask questions. ALWAYS ask questions. Don’t forget to thank them as well for helping us.

Check out the Resouce Page which includes many different tools and resources you can use to get started.

Subscribe to my email list and join the community.

I Appreciate You!

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE

I’m here for you as both a guide and as a friend.

I want to hear your stories. I want to know how else I can help you. I want Game Dev Loadout experience to be our experience, together. That’s how we all learn and grow together, including me.

I do my best to respond to emails. I treat everyone equally. And I firmly believe that interviewing the best people and spreading their message will inspire you to take action today. Join me on this journey to learn from the best. Cheers to more and better games.

-Tony Chan

tony@gamedevloadout.com