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Frag You, Pay Me: Getting Started with Salary Negotiation

Tara Brannigan  (Client Service Manager and Community Lead, 5CA)

Robin Yang  (Sr. Product Manager, CodeCombat)

Elizabeth Sampat  (Studio Creative Director, Future Games of London)

Location: Career Development Stage, Expo Floor, North Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference, GDC Summits, Expo Plus, Expo, Audio Conference + Tutorial, Indie Games Summit - Get your pass now!

Topic: Career Development

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

You are never in a stronger position to negotiate than just before you accept a new role. So why do so many people bypass this critical step? Well, probably because it's terrifying! Only a few are given the training needed to really excel, and getting started can be daunting to the extreme. This talk will cover why negotiation is important for your career, why you should never work for free, real-world examples, and strategies for getting started with your own negotiations. Making great games is awesome. Making great games and being paid what you're worth? Even better!


Attendees will learn the long term impacts of negotiating their salary, examples of how to get started, tips, tricks, and resources to get the most out of their negotiations. Learn how to avoid giving a number first, and how FBI hostage negotiation tactics can be used in your discussion(s).

Intended Audience

Applicable to all career levels. Whether you're just getting started in the industry, or are looking to level up your negotiation game, this talk will provide valuable insight. Women and other members of underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to attend!