Certain Affinity and the XP Summit


One of Certain Affinity’s core values is to “Continuously Evolve”, by being open-minded, learning and adapting, while seeking to improve yourself, your coworkers, and our community. When we first learned about the XP Game Developer Summit in Toronto, which had a focus on sharing knowledge and supporting growth in the video game industry, we immediately wanted to take part.

Then the world went into lockdown.

Luckily the XP Summit was able to shift entirely digital and was renamed to XP Online. This new online version featured 12 talks and panels led by leaders in the video game industry focused on helping students and industry peers to learn and participate while all remaining safe in their individual locations. The event organizers did a fantastic job, and we were overjoyed to be in a position to still take part.

To kick off the online event, Brad LeDonne, an Associate Systems Designer here at Certain Affinity, presented his talk on “The Power of Failure.”

“Failure is a word that strikes fear into most, but Brad LeDonne is here to let you know that failure can be an option, as long as you learn from it. With a focus towards students and individuals looking for their first career, he’ll discuss some personal experiences with failure early in his career, what he learned, and how to embrace failure towards personal growth while still showcasing your passion to the world.”

If you’d like to watch his presentation, we’ve embedded it below.

In addition to Brad’s talk, we had multiple members of our studio participating as mentors for those students looking for advice on getting into the industry across disciplines including Art, Programming, and even Marketing. What was meant to only be a 20-minute introductory conversation ended up going much longer for many of our mentors, providing some great advice for a number of up and coming developers.

We’re looking forward to the XP Summit again next year, and don’t forget to check out the XP Game Showcase featuring projects from many of the student developers that participated in the event.