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Motorsport Manager’s Christian West on why business planning as an indie made his life much easier

The Playsport Games Director discusses his love for spreadsheets

Motorsport Manager’s Christian West on why business planning as an indie made his life much easier

Speaking at Develop Brighton, Playsport Games Director Christian West discussed why planning ahead helped make his life much easier.

During an on-stage interview, West said these days the company has profit and loss sheets that help inform decisions on its games and the business as a whole.

Planning ahead

This allowed him to play out various scenarios for the company, such as, for example, how working with a publisher might affect sales of its game.

He said those numbers from forward-planning, even if the forecasts aren’t completely correct, can give you a better idea of where the company is going ahead of time.

This is useful for estimating finances over the next 12 months, and decisions made within the company can be based on that timeline.

Playsport entered a publishing partnership with Sega in 2015 for Motorsport Manager, which West said fit nicely into the five-year plan the company had, as well as the all-important Football Manager connection which has a nice synergy with its own title Motorsport Manager.


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Craig Chapple is Senior Editor of PocketGamer.biz and InfluencerUpdate.biz. He was previously Deputy Editor at Develop and Online Editor at Nintendo of Europe.

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