START, FINISH, AND MARKET YOUR INDIE GAME
Are you ready to start your game development journey?
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN GDU?
58+ high-quality video lessons and tutorials (10+ hours)
Every facet of game development is covered! It doesn't matter if you've never made a game before, or you've released several: everything is here to take your indie game launch to the next level. You get lifetime access to invaluable data analyses, in-depth workbooks, and jam-packed videos that are designed to save you time in your game dev journey.
Learn to make a beautiful story-driven game in 7 days
In the Let's Dev INTERMEDIATE series, we make a striking, engaging first-person game in 7 days using only free assets. You don't even need to know C# since Playmaker is the only scripting solution used in GDU! Follow along and add your own creative touches via homework assignments and challenge slides so you can sell your first game ASAP! (Full content coming soon)
Discounts and giveaways galore! ($240 value)
Not only do you get exclusive GDU discounts for the leading asset packs and tools I use for my own games, we also do occasional community giveaways!
Mentorship and Feedback Fridays on the GDU Discord server
Current students agree this is the best part of joining GDU! You receive access to exclusive mentoring and feedback by me and other game devs on our private Discord server. Share and receive valuable tips and resources to make your game the best it can be! Participate in student-exclusive live streams with me. Once you have a beta build, feel free to submit it for Feedback Friday, where I live stream your game in front of a large YouTube audience! (I'm really nice, don't worry)
8 free Steam keys (limited time offer!)
Receive 8 Steam keys ($40 value) for homework/case studies so we can learn together from these other successful solo developers and (mostly) Unity users! Also includes the IGF 2020 Grand Prize winner, A Short Hike!
Adobe Creative Cloud discount (60% off!)
GDU students are eligible for the Adobe Creative Cloud student discount, which includes multiple programs I use for my own games like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Audition. You'll save $360 a year with this amazing discount!
Check out the full list of reviews here!
NOTE: Game Dev Unlocked is currently in beta and some content is still in production. As a bonus for being an early access supporter, you have a special opportunity to join a small group of early students and directly improve the course with your feedback! You'll also receive a special "Legacy" role on the GDU Discord server, and I'll be working with you directly to make sure this online course is as good as possible.
"A little over a year ago I was going through a rough time just with the stress of my job which I did not enjoy and being a new dad. Around that same time though is when I reached out to David. I had just seen how he had released a video game all on his own: The First Tree. I didn't even know that people could make a game all on their own. I asked him how he did it and it completely changed my life. Now after a little over a year of hard work in my my free time I have finally finished my first short original game. I owe a ton of gratitude towards David."
- Kirt O., creator of Sketchy House Flippers
"Whether you're experienced with making games or completely new to it, David does a fantastic job with walking you through the process and mindset needed to create the games you've always dreamed of, even if you don't have the spare change to. I personally feel like I've grown as a solo game dev by following David's videos and learning from his own experiences. [...] Along with the additional discounts provided in the course to be used in Unity I'd say that it is worth every penny."
- Kyle S.
My name is David, and make indie games full-time! Which blows my mind, since I'm horrible at coding and I'm self-taught with art/design. A few years ago a friend showed me Unity, and I got so excited to tell stories through the medium of video games. I worked hard, released a game on Steam, and used that experience to help me land my dream job: Unity technical artist at The VOID, where I worked on VR experiences like Ghostbusters Dimension, Avengers: Damage Control, and Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. In 2017, I released my second game The First Tree on Steam, used the money to port to consoles, and made six figures across all platforms. It received positive reviews from publications like PC Gamer, IGN, and Kotaku. Now I'm sharing with the world how I made the indie dream work in such a tumultuous time!
StartFree Steam keys ( + descriptions and case studies)
StartOpsive discount (pro FPS and 3rd-person controllers for Unity) (30% OFF)
StartPlaymaker discount (visual scripting for Unity) (50% OFF)
StartAdobe Creative Cloud discount (60% OFF) (3:02)
StartSynty Studios discount (stylized 3D assets) (25% OFF)
StartGameDev Market discount (15% OFF)
StartFree Simple Subtitle System for Unity
StartMusicbed subscription, one free month
StartSoundsnap subscription, one free month
StartFree GDU Asset Pack
Start2.1 - Case Study: Why did the idea of The First Tree resonate with people? (2:58)
Start2.2 - Find Inspiration (4:37)
Start2.3 - Start Small (3:49)
Start2.4 - The Key to Capturing the Audience's Attention (5:05)
Start2.5 - Standing out via Art (6:05)
StartData Analysis: Which Steam tags are most successful?
StartFree Games to Help Find Inspiration
StartWorkbook: Your Game Idea
"David does a great job of explaining things and it really kickstarted my game development projects. The marketing and motivational sections in particular are essential for me because they weren't things I typically thought about. By going through this course I was able to push myself to learn about game development and make 3 small games on my own."
- Kenneth D.
"I’ve done a lot of Udemy courses before but it was always too focused on programming rather than finishing a game and putting it out for everyone to play it. I saw this course and made the jump to spend a little more money than I usually do on these types of things. And it has paid off! I’ve learned so much by just watching the "talking" videos alone [...] this course basically tells you how to finish a game by yourself without doing too much which has already been done by others. To sum it all up, it is a great in-depth course with teaching you how to create a game, finish a game and putting it out there (marketing included)."
- Davy N.
"David's advice on marketing helped me to create a viral Reddit post for my game Lucen that earned over 110,000 upvotes, over 3 million views, and hit #1 on /r/all. [...] I wholeheartedly recommend this course. David is providing an incredible service by sharing the knowledge and wisdom he has accrued throughout his experience as a successful indie dev, and it's not one to miss!"
- Kristian K., creator of Lucen