Creative England talks to a lot of developers about games, and has a checklist of things it has found worth considering if thinking about starting a games studio.
The first thing to consider if you are starting out is, do you want to do this as a hobby or as a business?
Creative England feels the word ‘hobby’ can be seen lesser than ‘business’, although many great achievements in the history of humanity have stemmed from hobbies, and there are millions of businesses out there that achieve very little. Regardless, making games as a profession is a business and approaching it as such is the key to surviving the industry.
The games industry is very competitive, although they don’t think it is as competitive as some people make it out to be. A large portion of developers don’t treat their studio as a business, so just having some basic knowledge on project management and market research will put you way ahead of the pack. Further, treating it as a business makes it easier for founders to work with you.