Neobards CEO Jean-Marc Morel and CCO Tony Wang attended the Taipei Game Developers Forum as speakers this July. Their topic “Building X Borders: Delivering a Cohesive Team Vision While Managing Multicultural Creativity” touched upon how we facilitate cross-cultural communication here at Neobards.
Developing high-quality games for the international market has always been Neobards’s core mission. To do so, we have formed a Tribe that consists of a slightly different make-up from your average local game studio. Our founding members are all industry veterans with experience working on AAA titles in studios across the globe. They gathered in Taipei and partnered with local talent to make our dream a reality.
At the forum, our speakers shared their experiences and learnings gained from working in a multicultural environment. From how to break down linguistic and cultural barriers, bringing teams closer together, establishing common values and development methodologies, to how cultural differences can be turned into a positive drive for game development.
Both Jean-Marc and Tony have been in the game development industry for over 20 years, during which they worked with many AAA teams spanning across multiple countries. Jean-Marc has worked at Infogrames (France), Activision Blizzard (Los Angeles headquarters and Shanghai division), and XPEC (Taiwan); while Tony partnered with Square Enix Japan on the Final Fantasy series and with Activision Blizzard on games including Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure and Shrek 4.
Their in-depth collaboration with teams from various backgrounds has helped cultivate their expertise in cross-cultural communication. During their speech, the two talked about how there is never a perfect solution to any problem and the unique challenges we have encountered as a multicultural team.
As a company with high social responsibility awareness, besides building our team and products, Neobards is also constantly pushing ourselves to create a vibrant environment for local developers to shine on the international stage. Moving forward, Neobards will continue to explore ways to better ourselves in delivering a cohesive vision in a multicultural Tribe.
About NeoBards Entertainment
NeoBards Entertainment was founded in 2017 by an international team of industry veterans hailing from Taiwan, China, Europe, and the United States. NeoBards based in Taipei with an additional studio in Suzhou. As a team, NeoBards is formed by industry veterans, many with more than 20 years of AAA game development experience at well-known companies, including Sony, Activision, Square Enix, Capcom, EA, and Ubisoft.
NeoBards Entertainment specializes in international project coordination, AAA quality game development, and the imagining and realization of new worlds and IPs. Our passionate team of “Bards” learn and grow from each other, always striving to find new ways to express their love of gaming through their work.
In less than 2 years since founding NeoBards released the Devil May Cry HD Collection, Onimusha Warlords for PS4, XboxOne, Nintendo Switch, and PC. More AAA cross platform titles are soon to be announced!