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Shaun Spalding – Game Developer Business and Legal Guide. Run an Indie Studio
Shaun Spalding – Game Developer Business and Legal Guide. Run an Indie Studio
Start your freelance game design and development business. Set yourself up to begin a successful indie studio.
Many tutorials teach you “how to develop games” or “how to start an indie game studio”, but none of them give include the MISSING PIECE: the legal and business information you need to run your own game projects, your freelancing career, or small studio like a professional.
Are you a game developer who wants to get the information that you’d get in a $500 an hour consultation with a lawyer BUT can you not afford to invest that type of money right now? This course is for you.
In addition to legal issues, learn about the business from interviews with famous game makers like Gabe Newell of Valve, Chris Avellone of Obsidian, and Edmund McMillen (creator of Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Issac).
Don’t let the course length scare you though, you only need to watch the sections that are relevant and useful to you.
WHO AM I? I’m an intellectual property lawyer who works with creative professionals like web designers, game developers, and Youtubers. Some of my clients are the biggest internet personalities in the world with millions of Youtube subscribers, Twitter followers, and millions in endorsement deal revenue. But at the end of the day they’re still 1-5 employee creative businesses like the one you have or would like to start.
WHY DID I CREATE THIS? I’ve advised literally 100’s of aspiring creatives for free out of the kindness of my own heart over the years. To ensure that I could help as many people as possible, even the people who can’t pay may rate as an attorney, I am building this course. My goal is to ensure that you take the path of least resistance and most reward. I used to be a graphic designer and filmmaker myself after all, so I want to give back to creators/freelancers.
I want to see entrepreneurs and creatives who want create jobs and create art succeed. I’d like your new ideas to change the world. I want to empower you to understand of the law now so it doesn’t get in your way later. Problems that are easy to solve now can cost a fortune to fix later.
WHAT YOU’LL GET
30 Day money back guarantee! – If you don’t like it, get your money back
Write and negotiate your own contracts for clients to avoid paying a lawyer $500 an hour to do it for you. I’ll review several graphic designer contract templates that you may encounter paragraph by paragraph. I’ll explain in detail what each section means, so you can know what to include in your standard business terms
Avoid losing clients. If you turn in work to clients that is unusable because it violates copyright or other intellectual property laws, you’ll lose that client.
Avoid doing unpaid revisions. Learn how to write a contract that prohibits your clients from making you do unnecessary revisions and unpaid revisions. Also, learn how to avoid making unusable work that violates IP laws that you will have to revise.
Save time and keep your clients longer. Learn how to develop a set of “standard business terms” to streamline the time it takes to lock in new clients. Avoid having to make multiple contracts for multiple projects since if you do it properly, you only need one.
Understand when you may need a lawyer as a game developer. Once you’re successful enough that you can hire an attorney, learn what kind of lawyer you may need, how to find that person, and how to negotiate for the lowest fee.
Avoid lawsuits. Although a lawsuit is unlikely, one threat of legal action could destroy your entire business. Learn the information you need to prevent legal problems now and prevent them from ever arising.
ASK A QUESTION THROUGH THE DISCUSSION BOARD OF THE COURSE AND I’LL MAKE A PERSONAL VIDEO ANSWERING IT
This course is meant to be interactive. I’ll be adding content to the course based on your questions, so you will have the opportunity to ask questions and get personal feedback (please note: I can’t give specific legal advice in the discussion board)!
PLUS, YOU GET TWO BONUSES:
When this course is complete, you’ll receive
-Fill-In-the-Blank Legal Templates: I’ve included templates of game development and publishing contracts, assignment agreements, and other necessary disclaimers as downloadable PDF and DOC files. One template alone can cost $10-$100 anywhere else on the internet and I’m including them here for free.
-Example Contracts from Publicly Traded Companies: I’ve tracked down and included REAL contracts from my own archives that include game developer and publisher payment information, real milestone breakdowns and other information that is indispensable for coming up with how much you should charge and how you should structure your own delivery dates.
***SPECIAL UDEMY BONUS – 15 MINUTE PERSONAL STRATEGY CALL (LIMIT 50)***
Because I believe in your success and want to help anyone spends the time to help themselves, for the first 50 people that fully complete the course at 95% or higher I will jump on a personal 15-minute call with you to give you some basic tips to move forward and answer any lingering questions.
If this hasn’t been taken down this bonus is still available.
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE:
Right now, I am keeping the price low for the Udemy community so I can continue to get feedback from you on how to make this the best course possible. Keep in mind, the current price is temporary and can raise at any time.
Certificate of Completion
Discounts on my future courses, I’ve included a coupon book inside of the course to get discounts on my other courses.
Lock in your price now. Since I’m going to be adding new content each week, the price of the course will raise. If you want to get that new content for free, now is the time to buy.
Have some faith in the 30 day money back guarantee and order now
What are the requirements?
This a comprehensive course that will take any beginner up to the level of competent professional. You can even take this course WHILE you’re taking another technical course on game and app development. Knowledge of game development isn’t necessary to understand this information.
What am I going to get from this course?
Over 171 lectures and 14 hours of content!
Learn the MISSING PIECE that game development tutorials leave out… The information that will allow you to succeed at running your business
Review actual real-world examples of game development contracts, milestone, and payment arrangements from publicly traded companies
What is the target audience?
Lawyers can charge $400-500 an hour for their time. If you save just one hour of a lawyer’s time you’ve already paid for this course
Indie game studios who wants to take their companies to the next level by integrating smart processes, learning the market and improving internal organization
Business online course
Information about business:
Business is the activity of making one’s living or making money by producing or buying and selling products (such as goods and services).
[need quotation to verify] Simply put, it is “any activity or enterprise entered into for profit.
It does not mean it is a company, a corporation, partnership, or have any such formal organization, but it can range from a street peddler to General Motors.”
Having a business name does not separate the business entity from the owner, which means that the owner of the business is responsible and liable for debts incurred by the business.
If the business acquires debts, the creditors can go after the owner’s personal possessions.
A business structure does not allow for corporate tax rates. The proprietor is personally taxed on all income from the business.
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