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Round Table Discussion and One on One Opportunity

State of Games and the Future of Indie Developers

Charly Harbord:Director of Partnerships for Global Game Jam

Date: Saturday 04/11/2023
Time: 12 pm – 4 pm
Location : Jordan Gaming Lab (Amman)
24 King Hussein Business Park

During this engaging round table discussion, Charly will share her insights on the current state of the gaming industry and the opportunities and challenges faced by indie game developers. It's a rare chance to learn from her experiences and gain valuable insights into the ever-evolving world of indie game development.

1-on-1 Meetings with Indie Studios:

Seeking Expert Advice In addition to the round table discussion, Charly has graciously offered to hold individual meetings with indie studios seeking expert advice. This is a fantastic opportunity to receive personalized guidance and feedback on your game projects. If you're an indie developer looking to take your game to the next level, this is your moment to shine.

Who's Charly?

Charly Harbord is the Director of Partnerships for Global Game Jam. She started out in the gaming industry almost 20 years ago as a localisation expert for MMOs in China. She has credits on Angels Online, Wonderland Online, Tales of Pirates. During that time, she also realised the importance of culturalization and representation within games. As a result, she founded the Kilted Otter Initiative, a cultural heritage and language research-based game jam. She works in a space where she uses games to empower, amplify and enrich representation, cultural awareness and Indigenous Sovereignty. Working with marginalised communities to help them gain the skills to create their own games to tell their own stories in their own voices. As well as being a cultural sensitivity expert for two games in pre-production. She has presented her research at several international industry and academic conferences including GDC, Devcom and DiGRA. Also having given three keynote speeches, the most prestigious of which was the (United Nations) ONU Mujeres Women in Games Mexico Jam Conference in December 2020. She is proudly Scottish and of Scotland’s place in the gaming industry. She is the mother to an amazing son and a grumpy cat. She loves sharks, dinosaurs, rhinos and tarantulas and regularly goes great white shark cage diving in South Africa.