PC Connects London 2019 - Meet the Speakers - Jake Birkett, Grey Alien Games

PC Connects London 2019 - Meet the Speakers - Jake Birkett, Grey Alien Games

Ahead of PC Connects London 2019 on January 21st and 22nd we are catching up with some of the big names that we have on-stage at the show.

Today, Grey Alien's Jake Birkett tells us what changes he think will take place in the PC games market over the next 12 months

Tell us a bit about the company.

Grey Alien Games is a two-person indie team based in Dorset, UK. We've been going since 2005 and hope to survive for many more years.

What does your role entail?

I wear many hats from producer/project manager to programmer/art director.

Why did you want to work in the games industry?

Making games was my hobby for 20 years before I went full-time indie.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to get into it?

Practice getting good in your spare time and make sure you build up a financial runway before making the leap.

What are your thoughts on the industry in the last 12 months?

Lots of change in the PC space with new distributors appear.

What major trends do you predict in the next 12 months?

Steam may have to alter its offering to keep indie devs interested. The Epic Store will continue to gain traction.

How has the games industry changed since you first started?

I started making casual downloadable game before Steam, XLIG and mobile, so a lot has changed. 

Which part of the Connects event are you most looking forward to and why?

The PC side of things as that's what I do. I want to talk to other indie devs making PC games.

Tickets for just PC Connects London 2019 are available right here, with tickets for the entire show on sale here  - buy now to save big. 

More info about the event can be found right here

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