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Thursday, September 7 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
BizDev GameDevs: Indie Businesses and Beyond [Panel]

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This session will have a break from 16:15 to 16:25.

Accounting. Legal. Taxes. Overheads. Project Proposals. Fund Raising. Clients. Advertising. Come join game developers turned business owners to hear about the challenges of running studios, from 1-person outfits to large scale operations, as well as the state of the industry for ANZ developers.

Moderators
avatar for Emre Deniz

Emre Deniz

Director, Opaque Space
Emre Deniz has been working in Virtual Reality for the past four years, being one of the first developers in Australia to work on the HTC Vive as well as having worked as both lead game designer and artist on multiple projects in Virtual, Augmented and Mobile experiences. Emre ha... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Derek Bradley

Derek Bradley

CEO, Aurora44
Derek Bradley is CEO/Game Director at Aurora44, an independent games studio based in Wellington, New Zealand. Ashen, the first title from Aurora44, is being published by Annapurna Interactive and has been featured in the Xbox E3 Briefing in 2015 and 2017. | | Having worked at... Read More →
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Steph Hall

Producer, RocketWerkz
Steph Hall is the Producer at RocketWerkz, a Dunedin-based Game Development Studio where she is involved in production at a project-level basis, as well as company operations and growth. She assisted with the setup of the studio in 2015, since which it has grown to 45 staff.  In... Read More →
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Zoe Hobson

Managing Director, Runaway Play
Zoe is the Managing Director of Runaway Play, an independent game developer and publisher making beautiful games inspired by the natural world. Zoe has a strong background in the media industry. She has worked in game production, film production, digital media, print media and te... Read More →
avatar for Maru Nihoniho

Maru Nihoniho

Managing Director, Metia Interactive
Maru is the managing director, game producer and designer at Metia Interactive. Maru is the game designer behind the development of SPARX, an interactive game based on cognitive behavioural therapy, designed to help young people manage their depression. In 2016 Maru was awarded... Read More →
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Samantha Ramlu

Managing Director and Co-Founder, Method, M Theory
Sam is the Managing Director and co-founder of Method – an award winning creative innovations agency, and M Theory – an AR/VR experience agency. | | Since 2003 Method has worked with clients to create unique and compelling digital experiences that engage and entertain. Method has been at the forefront of digital and interactive technology marketing in NZ since its inception. | | An excellent strategist, innovator, thought-leader, and storyteller with extensive knowledge in the digital space, Sam is passionate about creating memorable experiences and stories that connect with audiences. | | She has successfully planned, implemented and produced innovative experiences for local and international brands across a range of industries and sees technology as a driver and enabler in making these experiences engaging, fun, immersive, and results driven... Read More →


Thursday September 7, 2017 3:30pm - 4:45pm
WG308