Leveraging external development partners for game development is more integral now than ever before. Game companies need to deliver highly complex games to players quickly, maintain live services content, and create deeply immersive experiences. That said, the external development environment is constantly changing which can make it difficult to navigate. New service providers constantly enter the market, there is increased consolidation, and many companies are diversifying their offerings and/or developing their own IP. In this session, Jason Harris, Sr. Director XDI, and Lauren Freeman Sr. Manager, XDI will discuss key trends in external development that they have observed supporting EA game teams and communicating with hundreds of service providers each year. The goal of the presentation is for viewers to be better able to navigate the ecosystem and prepare a successful external development strategy.