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Finji’s goal: Be less scrappy

first_imgFinji’s goal: Be less scrappyRebekah and Adam Saltsman talk about the growth of the company and the changing indie publishing landscapeBrendan SinclairManaging EditorWednesday 31st March 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareIt’s not unusual for a successful independent game developer to branch out into publishing, but few are as successful — if not more so — in this second endeavor.Finji is a notable exception. The company’s own games include titles like Cannabalt and Overland, while the games it has helped others with include Night in the Woods and Wilmot’s Warehouse.This year could see the balance of Finji’s success as developer and publisher tip more toward the latter, as its lineup consists of three anticipated games from other developers: Chicory: A Colorful Tale, I Was a Teenage Exocolonist, and Tunic.Rebekah SaltsmanSpeaking with GamesIndustry.biz recently, Finji co-founders Rebekah and Adam Saltsman describe the publishing part of the business as more of an organic evolution than a deliberate strategy. Initially they were just helping developers get their games on the App Store or Steam, and it was a manageable process for the couple to handle on their own.”Because we were already set up to run a company, we found it easy to take on these teams that were sort of collaborators that weren’t running full companies, and make sure they could get their revenue share,” Rebekah says.Unfortunately, Finji brought the concept of “scope creep” with it when it moved into publishing, and now Rebekah says the publisher actually “embeds” itself in many of the project teams it works with.”We are tech mentorship or design mentorship,” she says. “We kind of take over the biz dev part of the team, but we leave all the decision making in the hands of our teams. It’s my job to source partnerships, or initiatives, or whatever, but it’s not my job to tell them exactly what to do.”Chicory is the next project from Wandersong developer Greg LobanovAdam says Finji will lay out options for developers and let them choose which path they think they can handle and would benefit their games, from launch management to promotions and marketing. While the company started with just Rebekah and Adam, they now have two QA staff, a community manager, a launch manager, and a biz dev assistant, not to mention external PR and marketing professionals they hire to help get the word out about games.As much as the world of indie publishing has evolved, Rebekah says the added staff and complexity of the Finji operation shouldn’t be taken as a sign of that evolution.Adam Saltsman”I believe it required an operation even back in 2015,” Rebekah says. “Just the two of us, we were doing as much as we could of all that work. And you could see how much actually needed to be done.”For example, Rebekah and Adam originally debated hiring on a full-time community manager because they thought it was a half-time job. But then they realized it was a half-time job to do the community management they had been doing in addition to their other duties, and they’d been getting by with no real management of influencer relationships, no Discord server, or other things larger publishing operations might have considered standard.”It was a whole job we had kind of just been ignoring because it wasn’t on fire,” Rebekah says. “And we didn’t have anyone to do it, so we were ignoring it. That’s how it grew. It was a need, but we just didn’t identify it as super-important at that point.”Adam likens some of these functions to making tamales; it makes more sense to make them in bulk. Once a publisher has gone to the trouble of building and managing something like streamer relationships for one title, it’s much less trouble to us it again on a second title, a third, and so on. “One of our goals is to rely less on chance and lightning strikes” Adam SaltsmanAnd while it’s certainly possible for a game to succeed without a publishing operation like that behind it, the entire point of a publishing business is to tilt the odds in the developer’s favor.”One of our goals is to rely less on chance and lightning strikes,” Adam says, “and look for places where if we do put in extra work, we’ll be relying on luck less and less over time. Because we’d like to be able to provide salaries and health care and so on for all the different teams we work with and the staff we have internally.”Doing those things and depending on ‘Well I hope that one streamer plays it seven times…’ Something about that freaks me out for sure.”Beyond boosting the odds for their development partners, Rebekah and Adam say the publishing business also pays dividends for their internally developed games.”Storefront relationships, press relationships, PR relationships… All those things get to stay active and engaged and keep that engine running,” Adam says. “Then when it comes time for us to self-publish again, we get all the benefits of not just being able to launch into this cool catalog, but also being able to launch with the publishing machinery up and running.”Tunic was first announced at E3 2017Rebekah adds, “One sentiment we’ve said multiple times over the past two years especially is, ‘How can we be less scrappy?’ There are places where we should be scrappy, and places where we should be putting our people and resources to be less scrappy, because we can control for the most things. We can build a community and a dedicated fanbase and a corner of the internet where it’s cool to talk about things. And that’s worth us being less scrappy in other ways.”The indie publishing scene has witnessed an explosion of new players in recent years, but the added competition doesn’t seem to be changing anything for Finji. “Our bandwidth is so small we just don’t take on a lot of games,” Rebekah says. “And that’s always been the case, because we are a developer first and a publisher second. The more teams I see having the best launch possible for them, and in the best environment, it’s a win for the industry.”Related Jobs3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior C++ Unreal Programmer – PC and Console Studio – Austria South East Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Adam likewise welcomes these entrants into the field.”In the entire history of the games industry, publishing was a place where you could use gatekeeping to squeeze creative workers and collect some of their money that you didn’t really earn,” Adam says. “That’s a thing that’s been around for 40 years. It’s still around, and I’m sure on some level it’s a motivation for some new publishing ops.”But I really like being in an ecosystem where there’s an Annapurna, and a Devolver, and a Finji, and you can have people who first and foremost love these games, and have a background getting these games out to audiences.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSpecialEffect joins Best Places To Work Awards as charity partnerUS event deadline is coming upBy Christopher Dring 21 hours agoResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring 23 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar Saheb

first_imgFrom the core of my heart, I respect Dr B.R. Ambedkar Saheb who through his erudite knowledge has shown us the path that a person cannot be great simply by birth. Greatness is proved only through activities.  Because of ‘caste’ greatness once upon a time in united Bengal, the Brahmo Samaj was popular in reality Brahmo Samaj does not discriminate against persons based on the caste. Anyway, I like one of the sayings of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar (Dr B.R. Ambedkar), popularly known as Babasaheb, who flagged the ‘Constitution of India’, that:“Life should be great rather than long”.  Babasaheb was born on 14 April 1891 at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. Now Mhow, officially Dr Ambedkar Nagar, is a cantonment in the Indore district in Madhya Pradesh.. It is pertinent to mention that his date of birth has coincided (sometimes one-day variation) with the New Year celebration in various states of India e.g. Rongali Bihu (Assam), Bengali Subho Nababarsha, Vaisakhi (Punjab), Puthandu (Tamil Nadu) and Vishu (Kerala). This year Odisha New Year known as Pana Sankranti is being celebrated on 14 April 2021.Hailing from a socially backward class, through his talent, merit, wisdom and calibre, he has shown everyone particularly to the lower echelons of the society how to survive with dignity.  In his childhood, he never felt the brunt of the caste politics or ‘untouchability syndrome’ as he was born at Mhow, Indore present Madhya Pradesh in military cantonment as his father  Sri Ramji Maloji Sakpal, was an army officer who held the rank of Subedar. In Dr Ambedkar Ji’s own words “……my father was employed in the Army.  He held the rank of Subedar at that time.  Since we lived in the cantonment, we had little to do with the world outside the military area.  I had no experience of Untouchability”. But after his father’s retirement, the situation totally changed.  His father shifted to Satara and he felt the brunt of untouchability. One example may be cited here, no barber was prepared to cut his hair as sequel Dr Ambedkar’s elder sister used to do the same.  Like this, he had to face many social issues in those days because of his caste.  Dr Ambedkar Ji was fond of reading books so he purchased about 2,000 old books in New York, also at the time of the Second Round Table Conference; he bought many books in London and sent them to India in 32 boxes. He had his own library in his house and it is believed that he lived, took his meals, and even slept in the library.Being an eminent economist and endowed with foresight, Dr Ambedkar saheb contributed substantially to the formulation of the postwar economic development plan in general and water resources and electric- power development in particular.   Another highlighting point is that because of his initiative, the Constitution of India has directed, “no child below the age of 14 years shall be employed to work in any factory, mine or engaged in any hazardous employment”.He was also a visionary and understood the importance of agriculture and farming for the sustainable development of the farmers. He advocated for collective farming as well as an uninterrupted supply of water and electricity to the farmers for their development.   Dr Ambedkar Ji was in favour of birth control also and he was of the opinion that with a huge population, India would face severe problems on many fronts.Dr Ambedkar saheb had special likings to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose for his sacrifice in the independence movement. He told BBC in 1955 that from his ‘own analysis’ he (Babasaheb) had concluded that two things led the Labour Party (that time ruling party of England)  to take the decision to free India. “The national army that was raised by Subhas Chandra Bose. The British had been ruling the country in the firm belief that whatever may happen in the country or whatever the politicians do, they will never be able to change the loyalty of soldiers. That was one prop on which they were carrying on the administration. And that was completely dashed to pieces. They found that soldiers could be seduced to form a party- a battalion to blow off the British.”In 1990, Dr Ambedkar saheb was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. Although Babasaheb passed away on 6 December 1956, through his activities and contribution he will be in the hearts of millions of Indians. On the occasion of his happy birthday of 14 April 2021, I extend my Pronam to the great soul.last_img read more

Infants twins found dead after father accidentally leaves them in car while at work: Police

first_imgWABC-TV(NEW YORK) —  Charges are pending against the father of infant twins after the pair was discovered dead inside a car in the Bronx Friday afternoon, New York City police say.Investigators said the father told them that he accidentally left the twins, a boy and a girl approximately 11-months-old, in his car Friday morning on his way to work at a nearby hospital.Authorities have released no information on the cause of the infants’ deaths, but police are investigating whether they died from heat exposure.NYPD officials said the father was taken into custody late Friday.The car, a Honda four-door, was parked in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.“This is a horrific situation,” one police official briefed on the situation told ABC News, describing the father as 37-years-old.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Thousands of Indiana teachers convene for massive ‘Red for Ed’ rally

first_imgskynesher/iStock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Nearly half of Indiana’s public schools will be closed on Tuesday as thousands of teachers descend on the state’s capital for a “Red for Ed” protest.Over 100 school districts in the state have closed after the massive amount of teachers took the day off for the rally, according to the IndyStar. This equates to approximately 45 percent of public school students — or more than half a million children — getting the day off from school.Educators and allies participating in the Red for Ed Day Action Day, organized by the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA), are demanding state lawmakers to invest more in education.Among those who will be marching is Randy Harrison, a government teacher at Anderson High School in Anderson, Ind., who told Indianapolis ABC News affiliate WRTV that the rally is about “more than wages and benefits for teachers.”“It’d be nice to be able to afford textbooks and technology to supplement a whole classroom,” he said. “Protect the arts, music, P.E., a library.”Clad in red, the marching teachers are taking to the streets to fight for increased pay, for students and teachers to be immune from “I-Learn” standardized test scores, and to repeal a license-renewal requirement that forces teachers to complete an “externship” in order to renew their teaching license.“Lawmakers must demonstrate a commitment to addressing teacher pay by using the state’s budget surplus to begin increasing base salaries for teachers,” ISTA leaders wrote in a public note of talking points ahead of the action day. “The lack of significant and sustainable investments in our schools over the past decade has placed Indiana behind neighboring states on funding levels and places us last in the nation in teacher salary growth.”The statement added that Indiana has accumulated a surplus of more than $2 billion, adding that “legislature should use a portion of these funds to continue the work to make teacher pay competitive in the region.”“Low I-LEARN scores don’t reflect the hard work Hoosier kids and teachers are doing in our classrooms,” the note added. “Test scores certainly shouldn’t determine how our communities are labeled by accountability grades.”Finally, the externship requirement that forces teachers to complete a series of programs on “career navigation or economic development” in order to renew their licenses “has placed an undue burden on teachers and is misplaced in its implementation,” the teachers association note said.“Red for Ed” or the red for education movement, has rallied teachers together in protests across the nation as they demand lawmakers to invest more in schools and education. “Red for Ed” teachers protests have taken place in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona and more since 2018.The national average teachers starting salary in Indiana is $35,943 and the average salary is $50,614, according to the National Education Association union, ranking the state 36th in the nation. Moreover, per student spending in the state is $8,496, ranking it 47th in the nation. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Asbury Park is set to receive $6M condos. Is the sleepy beach town ready for them?

first_imgiStar CEO Jay Sugarman and a rendering of the Asbury Ocean ClubIn Asbury Park, New Jersey, the oceanside town known for Bruce Springsteen and good surf, a developer is betting he can sell $6 million condominiums in a place that still has a high poverty rate and low median house price.Jay Sugarman, who leads the New York-based real estate investment trust iStar, has bought 35 acres of land in the town, and is planning a $1 billion redevelopment there, with up to 20 new projects to be built over the next decade, according to The Wall Street Journal.One of those towers, the 17-story Asbury Ocean Club, is set to open in the summer. Its 130 residential condominiums are priced from $1 million to $6 million and will feature a spa and terraces.Whether these price points are achievable remains to be seen. While Asbury Park has undergone significant redevelopment over the past decade, it still has a high poverty rate, and its median house price hovers around $362,000, according to Zillow.The demand for luxury residential condos may be premature, as an oversupply exists in Manhattan, which has recorded a steady decline in sales over the past three years.iStar, which is developing in Coney Island and also recently bought an office tower in Jersey City, has reportedly spent $300 million in Asbury Park on a hotel and a renewed bowling alley with an attached music venue. But some residents feel sidelined by the glitzy redevelopment, which includes a members-only beach club.“We’re saying create this economic driver, bring those tax revenues to the town,” Sugarman told the Journal. “Then you have a suite of options to play with that you didn’t have before.” [WSJ] — David Jeans  This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Utah Truck Driver Burned by Sulfuric Acid

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – Sue Turley and Raquel Sever received a phone call Tuesday they never expected. They learned their sister’s husband, Joshua Schade, had been in a terrible accident on the job. “We really don’t know exactly what happened at this point,” Sever said. Although the investigation is ongoing, they do know some of the details. Their brother-in-law was transporting sulfuric acid for Basin Western Trucking Company to Delta on Tuesday. When he went to unload it, something went horribly wrong. “It poured all the way down his body, from his head all the way down,” Turley said. They said first responders took him to a hospital for decontamination, then he was flown to University Hospital’s burn center. Schade has already undergone one skin graft surgery with more planned. “They keep reminding (my sister) he’s in very critical condition and they don’t want to give her the impression that he’s definitely going to make it home,” Turley said. Turley said Schade began the job only a few weeks ago and was excited because the schedule allowed him to spend more time with his family. Now they’re hoping the 29-year-old father will get that time. “We’re just trying to be hopeful and have faith that he’ll make it,” Sever said. “My sister has said so many times she doesn’t care what he looks like,” added Turley. “She doesn’t want him in pain, and she just wants to have her husband.” “Everyone is hoping and praying for Josh and his family at this time,” said Lloyd Dean, a spokesman for Western Basin Trucking Company. Dean said the company is conducting its own investigation to determine what happened. The family has set-up a gofundme account at www.gofundme.com/ntbbho and an account at America First Credit Union under the name Joshua Schade to help with some of the immediate expenses they’re facing. Email: [email protected]last_img read more

Fourth DCA JNC accepting judicial applications

first_imgFourth DCA JNC accepting judicial applications August 15, 2008 Regular News Fourth DCA JNC accepting judicial applicationscenter_img The Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge George A. Shahood. Applicants must have been members of The Florida Bar for the preceding 10 years, registered voters, and must reside in the territorial jurisdiction of the court at the time of assuming office. Applications are available on The Florida Bar Web site, www.flabar.org, or fromPaul O. Lopez, JNC Chair,110 S.E. 6 th S treet, 15 th F loor, Ft.Lauderdale, FL 33301, e-mail [email protected] The original completed application plus nine copies and all attachments must be delivered to Lopez no later than 5 p.m., August 15.last_img read more

Perez petitions for Bar reinstatement

first_imgPerez petitions for Bar reinstatement January 1, 2010 Regular News P erez petitions for Bar reinstatementPursuant to Rule 3-7.10 Juan Carlos Perez of Miami Beach has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Perez was suspended for one year, pursuant to a September 7, 2006, court order for multiple counts of neglect, failure to communicate, and making misrepresentations to clients. Thereafter, by a Supreme Court order dated April 17, 2008, Perez was suspended for an additional six months for contempt.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon the Perez’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Cheryl L. Soler, legal assistant for The Florida Bar, at (954) 835-0233.last_img read more

What Is Los Alamos Youth Earth Team All About?

first_imgIn this article, you learn about who we are, what we do and more. We have many goals in mind for the future and we hope to be able to complete a few this year. LAPS News: We have done many things already to help the environment, but with not a lot of funding, there’s not much we can do. We are just a group of kids who wants to help the environment. That is why we would like you to help us! Our goals are to make the environment cleaner, for instance, we are: We are planning on making the court at the middle school more eco-friendly by planting grass, trees, and possibly a pond. We also went to the Valles Caldera, to test the water. Watershed monitoring is important because it makes sure that water quality, fauna, chemical balance, and volume is sufficient for our wildlife. We have also gone to things like a recycling fair where they teach about recycling. We have planned many things but without your help, we can not do it. We do not know when you will see us again, but currently, we are focusing on having the whole club working towards a common goal. We are very serious about getting work done and helping the beautiful New Mexican outdoors. You can help in many ways, here are some examples: Anyone can spread the word about the right way to recycle and what you can recycle. If you’re interested in donating to our fundraising website, we are always in need of funding for these projects, you can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/los-alamos-youth-earth-team-fundraiser. Anyone can also help in their community and do things like pick up trash. You can help the environment if you do simple things. You might say “What is the Los Alamos Youth Earth Team?” … we are a middle school group that helps the environment and does projects that help the plants and animals around us. last_img read more