It's 2017, and it's increasingly feasible for game teams to be geographically distributed. But "feasible" and "doable" are two different things, especially for devs who are accustomed to working in an office environment.
At GDC 2017, experienced remote artist and game dev Jon Jones delivered an interesting talk about what skills and disciplines are necessary to transition from a full-time office worker into someone that works from home, a coffee shop, or the road.
As he put it, it's a lot more than simply VPNing in, syncing to latest from your team's source control, and checking email twice a day. You need to establish a persistent, reliable remote presence that attracts and retains clients -- and that demands a very particular skillset.
It was a talk worth seeing if you're wondering about how to transition into working on games remotely full-time, wanting to hone your skills as a project manager utilizing remote teams, or even if you're thinking of striking out on your own and going indie.
If you missed it in person, don't miss your chance to watch it now for free over on the official GDC YouTube channel!
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