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Business refers to the operations of a company in the context of game development; this includes planning and strategy as well as execution.

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Where can I find legal or business resources for a game production company?

Where can I find information on the legal or business aspects of running a game production company?
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What things should an indie game developer never do? [closed]

What are some of the biggest - and better yet: insidious and unexpected - mistakes that indie game developers make? Especially when making the transition from hobbyist to full-time indie?
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Why would a game developer write their own engine instead of using existing ones?

I have observed that many big and well-known game developers often develop their own engines. Examples include Valve, Crytek, Ubisoft, Epic Games and Square-Enix. Could it simply be because they can, ...
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What pitfalls should one look out for when starting a studio

What are the common mistakes or oversights made when starting a new game studio? Please only one mistake or oversight per answer and if you can explain why it is an issue and what one should do to ...
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How do I move from mainstream to indie development?

I'm a game programmer for a AAA-level developer and publisher—which I know falls into the 'nice problem to have' category. However, I'm becoming disenchanted with the direction of both the company and ...
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Where to find market research info on adventure games?

Looks like adventure games are on the rise again. There were several great releases in 2012, including brilliant and highly acclaimed Walking Dead from TellTale. Is there a market research that ...
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Shall we create our game engine in this case? [closed]

Although my friend and I are not interested in game development, we like creating tools. We would really like to give life to our own game engine, however, we don't want to put effort into something ...