Johnson Siau

Co-organiser, Game Dev Happy Hour

Johnson Siau is a founding member and co-organiser of Game Dev Happy Hour, a community of game developers aimed at fostering and encouraging game development in Hong Kong. Since 2016, he has over 50 community events and assisted in larger events such as ACGHK's Hong Kong Game Developers' Zone and RETRO.HK.

Sessions by Johnson Siau

An Introduction to Hong Kong's Indie Dev Scene

Day 1 (UTC+8) - 14:50 - 15:20
Language: English (accompanied with Mandarin/Chinese subtitles.)

What is it like being an indie developer in Hong Kong's game development scene? 

This presentation offers a glimpse into how game development and indie games have grown in the past decade from the perspective of a local community organiser. Starting from its humble beginnings to where it is today, we will cover the relationships within the local social network, the movement of new talent, current development trends and support programs available.

Whether you're curious about working in Hong Kong or collaborating with game developers from the city, this presentation is for those interested in understanding the complexities of the local game development ecosystem. By the end of the presentation, you should have an understanding of: 

  • Key stakeholders and relationships in the local game dev network
  • How talent moves across the industry
  • Institutional and government support available for game devs
  • General trends in the industry