Episode 023 - The Year of the Academy

023: One Year In – Running an Indie Game Studio and Game Dev Training Academy.

Game Dev Podcast - 023 - The Year of the Game Training Academy

As July marks the one year Anniversary of our Game Dev Training Academy, we decided it would be nice to sit down and have a chat about our journey so far, and revisit the reasons behind why we decided to set up the RisingHigh Academy.

The main influence behind the whole game developer training school idea, came from being asked to speak at Carter Thomas’ Bluecloud Live Event in Amsterdam back in 2016. It was a fantastic experience being amongst fellow game and app developers, even if was just for a short while.

As a lot of indie devs’ can relate to, building games can be a very solitary and insular experience, and it wasn’t until I met up with other game devs at this event, I realised just how much this can affect your inspiration, your workflow and decision making.

Working alone is actually a bad idea in general. I really felt I wanted to hone in on something, a project of some sort, that would bring devs of all skills together, to share experiences and knowledge.

I also released that I was being asked a ton of questions about game development in general, questions like…

What’s the secret to getting featured so many times what does it take?

How did you find a publisher?

What made you go solo?

After chatting with Carter about the crossroads I felt I was at with the game studio, he said “Well, you’ve been featured so many times and have a 100% record. Everyone wants to know how you’ve done it and how they can do it too. Why don’t you put together a course?”

I haven’t looked back and our App Store Foundation Course ( eBook Version Here ) and the RisingHigh Academy was born. Our members grew and it has been one of the most exciting times ever for us. It’s been a ton of hard work and a huge learning process.

The result?

An absolutely brilliant group of really talented people from different walks of life and in different stages of game development, who take time out in our community to support each other.

6 Apple Features and many Major Publisher Deals signed this year alone.

Totally inspiring. Our members love it, we love it and we think you’ll love it too.

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