Crowd Sharing: Crowd Funding and Sourcing in Games
Sunday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM
701 W Riverside Dr
Crowd funding is often now hailed as a potential savior to our industry, a way to free developers from the shackles of publishers, a way to make very specific products for very specific audiences, etc. What seems to be missing though is ongoing dialogue about building this into a self-sustaining ecosystem of development where the crowd is sharing, not just funding and sourcing. Crowd sharing starts with crowd funding, then adds the layer of crowd sourcing where the community can contribute content to the game. The final step is an attempt to turn the entire process into a loop. This loop requires at least two things: Compensation for effort and sharing of assets. Using my experience on Shroud of the Avatar, the third-highest crowd funded game ever, I will talk about the various ways you can make working with the crowd a sustainable loop using specific examples, supplementing with funding statistics that show correlation between these activities and fundraising.
Starr Long has been making video games for over 20 years, partnering with visionaries like Richard Garriott and Lane Merrifield. Starr started his career at Origin Systems, where he directed Ultima...Show the rest
Starr Long has been making video games for over 20 years, partnering with visionaries like Richard Garriott and Lane Merrifield. Starr started his career at Origin Systems, where he directed Ultima Online, the longest running MMO in history. In 2010 UO was inducted into the Online Game Developers Conference Hall of Fame, the first MMO to be so honored. In 2000 Starr co-founded Destination Games with the Garriott brothers, and later that year it was acquired by NCsoft. In 2008 Starr was named one of the Top 20 Most Influential People in the Massively Multiplayer Online Industry by Beckett Massive Online Gamer Magazine. In 2009 he joined The Walt Disney Company as an executive producer, where he produced the Disney Parent App for Facebook, 8 mini-games in Club Penguin, Club Penguin mobile 1.0, 5 Educational Game apps for iOS and the Disney Connected Learning Platform. In 2013 Starr joined Portalarium to work on Shroud of the Avatar, the 3rd highest crowd funded video game ever.Hide the rest