While many game developers are thriving in the new work arrangement a year and a half into the pandemic, some are struggling to stay motivated amid continued isolation, poor connectivity, tech problems and endless deadlines to meet the increasing demand for online games.
To give the game development industry a boost, Globe Business and Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) have collaborated in a webinar, “How to Telecommute Like a Boss”, to discuss the effectiveness of remote work in the perspective of game designers and game development companies.
GDAP is a trade association composed of game companies and studios, game support service providers and academes that collaborate closely with the government and other organizations to promote the video gaming industry in the Philippines.
The power of connectivity for game developers
At the online event, leading game development company Definite Studios shared its own experience by keeping its employees inspired, efficient and productive in a remote-work setup, highlighting the importance of good leadership, effective communication and collaboration, useful digital tools and most importantly, a reliable internet connection.
“WiFi and internet connection is probably the most important thing in ensuring our productivity and efficiency as it is our only way to connect with each other in these times,” said Sean Saquilabon, Definite Studios’ marketing and business development officer.
He pointed out that team collaboration at their company became smoother and more effective as it transitioned to telecommuting—the ability to fulfill work assignments in a remote set-up using telecommunication tools like e-mails, messaging apps, online collaboration platforms, websites and the likes that allowed the staff to keep track of projects, communicate faster and share ideas with each other.
Leading teams remotely through connectivity and digital solutions
Globe Business, a steadfast partner that helps businesses navigate through digital transformation, offers connectivity solutions that the game development industry can use to better equip the workforce.
Dannica Prado, Marketing Operations Lead for Globe Business, MSME Group, discussed the different connectivity solutions fit for employees’ needs: Pocket WiFi and prepaid internet kits are suitable for mobile workforce (working from anywhere / working from home) who need to transfer light files while on the go; meanwhile, those who need to stay connected and requires more bandwidth to share large files can rely on broadband kits to deliver the work.
She also mentioned that Globe Business offers cloud-based productivity and collaboration solutions that are relevant to the industry as it adapts to telecommuting.
Application Programming Interface (APIs) that will help game developers expand payment options to make their products more accessible to customers are also readily accessible through Globe Business’ Charging API solution.
“To win in the new normal set up, especially in a passion-driven industry, it is important to have three things—time management, discipline to deliver, and technology adoption,” said Prado.
To discover more of these connectivity and productivity tools, visit https://go.mybusinessacademy.ph/ICTMonthOffers-GDAPArticle. To know more about GDAP, visit www.gdap.org.ph.