We’ve been following Elbert Perez since his time in our Game Development program, where he and his classmates produced the inventive student project Gravity Drive, which was picked up by Reflexive Arcade. Nearly a decade later and Elbert has blazed a trail as both a professional and independent game developer, and he recently came back to campus to share these experiences with students during a lecture and Q+A session hosted by Rob Coble, Full Sail’s Industry Outreach for Game Studies.
Elbert currently sits as technical producer at Microsoft Studios, with credits on titles like the upcoming Ryse for the Xbox One. He is also the owner of the successful indie studio Occasional Gamer, which has sold over two million game downloads. Drawing mainly from his experiences as a small business owner, Elbert offered students a glimpse into his world with a presentation titled “Be Your Own Boss.”
The lecture covered his work as an independent developer, and helped define such topics as what indie gaming mean these days, as well as the importance of having a creative outlet outside of your professional commitments. With over 15 games for different formats, Elbert was able to field a variety of questions from students eager to publish their own original content.