Luke Burtis is one of the most connected indie developers in the Seattle game industry, and for good reason! He’s doing exciting things with his own game incubator, House O Games, which is producing excellent work. Read on to find out how he got into game development and where he hopes to go from here!
1. Name and location
Luke Burtis – tinyBuild Games & HouseOgames – Both based in out of my house in Bothell, Washington.
2. How long have you been an indie dev?
Technically I’ve been an indie dev for the past 18 months or so. Before that I helped out indies while I was the production director at Casual Connect for 7 years. We’ve hosted different award shows, provided places for indies to demo their games for free, provided free hostel stays during our conference, etc.
3. Games released to date?
HouseOgames has released one game so far that we partnered up with tinyBuild to publish it on Steam. This game was called “Not The Robots” http://store.steampowered.com/app/257120/
tinyBuild have released the following:
4. Sum up your game / studio style in 3 words?
tinyBuild – Indie Game Publisher
HouseOgames – Seattle Game Incubator
5. Your career path – in a nutshell – to here?
I started in the industry way back in the day of the Xbox. I worked for 3 years doing certification testing. I then applied that knowledge to a company called Oberon Media (no longer around) whom put together the first XBLA games and need to pass certification. I helped them for 6 months which is where I met Jessica Tams (Oberon Seattle office GM).
After Oberon — I worked at Microsoft doing DRM testing for a year at which point at the end of my contract Jessica called me up and said she was starting the Casual Games Association and wanted me to help. At this point in time I had a choice to either take a job offer at Bungie working on Halo 2 or work with Jessica as a conference organizer. Obviously I was going to choose Bungie, but Jessica sent me a check in the mail and said welcome aboard… So, having money in my hot little hand persuaded me to work at the CGA. Which turned out to be the best choice thus far in my career.