It's a common story: a team of independent game developers set up a studio, spend years making and releasing a great first game, then....they split up.
Maybe they split on great terms, maybe not; either way, it's not uncommon for the stress of shipping a game to torpedo an otherwise harmonious and effective studio. At the GDC 2016 Independent Games Summit, Danny Day of QCF Design (Desktop Dungeons) talked frankly about what indie teams shipping their first game should expect post-release, how to deal with it and still talk to each other, based on detailed surveys of indie teams.
It was an earnest, data-driven exploration of team shapes and management strategies tested against actual expectations that's well worth watching, especially if you're nervous about your team's first project.
If you missed Day's talk in person last year, don't miss your opportunity to now watch the entire talk for free over on the official GDC YouTube channel!
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