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Independent Games Summit: I Am Fandom (and So Can You!)

Lindsay Ishihiro  (Writer, Artist, Product Developer, Independent)

Location: Room 2009, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 10:50 am - 11:20 am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass, Indie Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Independent Games

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

How do you do, fellow kids? Join writer, artist, and product developer Lindsay Ishihiro as they demystify the untameable beast known as transformative fandom: fanfic, fanart, cosplay, memes, and more. In this session, they talk about fandom's history, why it forms, and how you can (and why you should!) interact with it, nurture it, and use it to your advantage to organically promote your game in ways money can't buy... without sounding like a dweeb.

From the product development standpoint, they go over how to tap into your fandom to create merchandise that people actually want to purchase, and how to develop fanwork policies that protect your IP while also honoring the magnificent, untamed creativity of your fans.


Attendees will leave with a more intimate knowledge of transformative fandom: how it forms, how to nurture its growth, and how to tap into it to help organically promote your game.

Intended Audience

This is for solo developers and small teams whose games can be made (or unmade) by their fandoms. No experience with fandom or community management is required.

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