Games Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP) is Australia’s premier professional development and networking event for the game development industry, focused on up-skilling and connecting the Australian sector via education, knowledge sharing and the provision of extended personal and business networks. GCAP caters to a range of disciplines and has grown and attracted an engaged audience and esteemed speakers from around the world.

The Focus For GCAP 2022 Is Ambition.

Australian game developers have found their voice in the world and that voice is ambitious. GCAP 2022 will challenge attendees to chase their ambitions and create world class products, experiences, studios, and businesses for an ever-expanding global games audience. GCAP 2022 will provide avenues for personal and professional ambitions to be realised and success to be achieved.

GCAP 2022 will run from Monday the 3rd of October, to Wednesday the 5th of October 2022.
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Tuesday, October 4 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Don't quit your day job: How to survive making games on the side

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Making games is hard. Making a career in games is harder. This talk proposes an alternative approach: not making a career in games at all. If games are art, then it stands to reason that game developers are artists, and most artists support their art through other means. Why do we think games would be any different? Drawing from extensive research with Australian developers, as well as his own experience developing and releasing Brendan Keogh's Putting Challenge, Brendan Keogh argues that rush to turn game development into a day job can sometimes hinder, rather than enhance your ambition. He will outline the arguments for and against keeping game development as your side gig, and outline the benefits and challenges of doing so.

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Brendan Keogh

Queensland University of Technology
Brendan Keogh is a part-time game developer and a full-time academic from Brisbane, Australia who has been active in the Australian game development community for over a decade. He is the author of Killing is Harmless: A Critical Reading of Spec-Ops The Line, A Play of Bodies, and... Read More →

Tuesday October 4, 2022 4:00pm - 4:50pm AEDT
Room 110 1 Convention Centre Place South Wharf, Victoria 3006