Grant Shonkwiler

Commander & Shonk, Shonkventures

Grant Shonkwiler first started making games when he was 12 years old, starting with modding and programming. Since then he has filled many different roles in the game industry: programmer, lead designer, technical producer and currently is a leadership and production consultant. His career has taken him from casual games at Megatouch Games, to AAA shooters at id Software and to Epic Games to work on Fortnite.

Grant currently runs his own consulting company, and is the co-author of two books including Gear Up: Advanced Game Development Practices. Grant also enjoys building communities within the industry working with the IGDA and the GameDevDrinkup.


For the last twelve years I've been making games professionally, I've been a part of industry trends and industry failures, and because of that I've reinvented myself multiple times. This talk is a series of fun stories and tips about how to take your career, and your studio to the next level! The talk will be fun, informative and interactive. This talk is intended for all audiences.