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'Reigns: Game of Thrones': A Song of Fire and License

Nigel Lowrie  (Partner, Devolver Digital)

Francois Alliot  (Designer, Nerial)

Jeff Peters  (VP, Licensing, HBO)

Location: Room 301, South Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference - Get your pass now!

Topic: Business & Marketing

Format: Session

Tutorials: N/A

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Licensed games have undergone a renaissance over the past few years, evolving from quick cash grabs to become some of the most interesting and talked about releases each year. While licensed games like 'Spider-Man' and 'Star Wars' grab most headlines, this panel will explore the possibilities that smaller studios and indie developers might have in licensed games. Using the development and production of 'Reigns: Game of Thrones' as a case study, the panel will explore the perspectives from the developer Nerial, the publisher Devolver Digital and the licensor HBO.


Licensed games aren't the taboo they once were. Even smaller developers and publishers can work with well-known IPs to create smart, creative, and impactful games that please the creators, the license holder, and fans, all in a healthy and successful development environment.

Intended Audience

Smaller, independent game developers and studios as well as smaller game publishing labels.