Episode 45: From Student to Game Developer – How Investing in Young Talent Can Transform the Industry

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Investing in young talent is crucial for the growth and development of the game development industry because it brings fresh perspectives, new ideas, and diverse backgrounds to the industry, which is vital to safeguard the future of game development. 

Join us as we delve deeper into why nurturing and investing in young people is essential and how it can benefit the industry in the long run.

In this episode, we talk to Yahsir Qureshi, the VP and Head of Studio at Sandsoft Games and Chief Game Analyst at GameRefinery, a Liftoff Company, Teemu Palomäki. We look at Sandsoft’s “Press Start” program, a six-month initiative that addresses the skills gap in the game development industry. We examine the selection process for young developers and the resources they receive during the program and explore the expectations and outcomes of the program.

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Topics we will cover in this episode:

  1. Introduction
  2. Sandsoft Games
  3. Press Start program
  4. Is the mobile game industry good at bringing new talent on?
  5. Importance of understanding the complexity of game design
  6. The future of the Press Start program
  7. Building teams based on autonomy and freedom
  8. Embracing failure and the research and development nature of the industry
  9. Feedback and reception of newbie developers in the studio

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