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Richard Atlas is the CEO of Clever Endeavour Games, a game development studio based in Montreal, Canada. He and his team made a game called Ultimate Chicken Horse. His time is split between CEO duties, managing company culture, game design, level design, business development, and more. Find him on Twitter @RichMakesGames :)


Expert Blogs

In this post, I talk about our most recent hiring process—how we wrote the job description and conducted our interviews in order to avoid as much bias as possible. I discuss the learnings from this process, and include tips for employers and applicants.

This blog talks about the difference between "rock stars" and "superstars" on your team, and hopefully inspires you to think about how you manage these types of people.

"Tough Questions to Improve Your Leadership" is the name of a talk I gave at GDC this year. Along with the talk, there was a handout with questions that the audience could ponder about their leadership. This post is about the talk and those questions!

This blog post asks some questions about the relationship between developer and streamer, the cash flow between them, and the cash flow in the entire system including platforms like Twitch and YouTube, advertisers, and viewers.

In this blog post, I talk about why we always fail to meet our deadlines and why our plans never work out, an some ways to mitigate that using psychology from Daniel Kahneman's book-- Thinking: Fast and Slow.

Richard Atlas's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 07/22/2018 - 09:41]

I agree that quality is ...

I agree that quality is important, and I also agree that something that 's consistent is not necessarily good as you said, it can feel too familiar . But I 'd like to focus on the marketing consistency first and foremost, because I would say that players don 't look ...

Comment In: [Blog - 10/23/2017 - 09:30]

Yeah, I think it depends ...

Yeah, I think it depends on how you define your studio. There is money to be had in innovation through research grants, more experimental media funds, etc. But in our case at least, we 're aiming to make games that are creative and innovative but also financially viable.

Comment In: [Blog - 02/02/2017 - 11:05]

You 're very right We ...

You 're very right We ended up having to go back and rewrite parts of code because of that exact reason... we had to take out the Steam specific things and make the code work for any console or at least leave gaps in the code where those platform-specific things ...

Comment In: [Blog - 04/29/2016 - 03:16]

Haha thanks Alex : and ...

Haha thanks Alex : and yes, note taken about Europe and costs For sure we were lucky that we were driving and staying in a hostel, but our hostel was actually great. Free breakfast in the morning, good amenities, safe, etc. and cost us around 45 US per person per ...

Comment In: [Blog - 04/19/2016 - 12:21]

Looks good I 'm wondering ...

Looks good I 'm wondering if the subscribers numbers is pulled from the data from the link or if it 's something static that you copy pasted Also, is there a way to access this to edit it, that is, save it as an excel or Google Sheet Great work

Comment In: [Blog - 12/03/2015 - 01:05]

Agreed Also, fixed the broken ...

Agreed Also, fixed the broken image links :