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EGD 078: Herdjie Zhou, Lucky Kat Games

In this episode, I’m talking with Herdjie Zhou, the Co-Founder and CEO of Lucky Kat Games, a hyper-casual gaming studio from the Netherlands. Herdjie started Lucky Kat with his brother in 2015 and they’ve gone through an amazing journey at building a gaming studio, totally bootstrapped.

EGD News #64 — How Public Companies Grow

My prediction for M&A is that the momentum for consolidation will start moving over from profitable target companies down to the Series A stage. Public companies will offer highly attractive multipliers and public company stock for startups who’ve shown product-market fit — companies who haven’t yet scaled but will do so in the next 12 months.

InvestGame.net webinar – Review of 2020 in gaming

This is a webinar we did with Anton Gorodetsky and Sergei Evdokimov from InvestGame.net and we reviewed gaming’s investment, M&A, and IPO landscape from 2020 and shared our predictions on what will happen in gaming during 2021.

EGD Special: Lessons about Cap Tables

In this episode, I'm talking about the...

EGD News #63 — Predicting success

Photo by Anni Roenkae on Pexels.com It’s Joakim here. Greetings from snowy Helsinki! I hope you all had a relaxing break over the holidays and the new year’s. I’ve spent the week, doing research for a few big articles that I’m planning to write and publish during...

EGD 077: Shanti Bergel, Transcend Fund

In this episode, I’m talking with Shanti Bergel, Managing Director at Transcend Fund. Transcend is an early stage venture capital firm focused on games and digital entertainment. Shanti has a long career in gaming and has been working in free-to-play for almost twenty years. We talk about Shanti’s approach to investing and how he evaluates companies for an investment.

EGD News #62 — How much should I be raising?

We’re still wrapping up the year 2020 here at Elite Game Developers. A few weeks ago, I published my annual review for 2020, and on the 14th of January, I’m joined by Anton Gorodetsky and Sergei Evdokimov from InvestGame to review the year of investments and M&A for gaming in 2020.

10 Favorite Books of 2020

I’ve managed to read 34 books during 2020 and wanted to share some of the fantastic books I’ve come across.

EGD Special: Podcast highlights from 2020

In this episode, I’m looking back to all the episodes from 2020 and the highlights from all of my favorite episodes. If you don’t listen to any other episodes from 2020, I definitely suggest you choose from these! They cover everything from company building, fundraising, product and so much more.

EGD News #61 — Experiments

This is the last EGD News of 2020, and what a year we’ve all had. The COVID pandemic has changed the games industry, and 2021 will show us how permanent these changes are.

EGD 076: Uri Marchand, Overwolf

In this episode I’m talking with Uri Marchand, the Co-Founder and CEO of Overwolf, from Tel Aviv, Israel. Uri and his team started building tools for creators to build apps around games like League of Legends back in the early 2010s. Through the years, Uri and his team have built a company that truly enables gaming creators to create, grow and monetize their content.

EGD News #60 — M&A talk and annual review

Photo by ready made on Pexels.com Sent on December 18th 2020. If you aren’t a subscriber to EGD News, you can subscribe here. It’s Joakim here. Greetings from Helsinki! Last week we went live with Gaming Angel Fellowship! The community is starting to...

GameMakers: Interview with Chris Petrovic

This was an amazing discussion on the topic of mergers and acquisitions in gaming, with Chris Petrovic, previously Head of Corp. Dev and M&A from Zynga and Kabam.

Annual Review 2020

This is the first annual review that I’ve done since I started Elite Game Developers. To build out this format, I used templates from James Clear and Steve Schlafman, who both conduct and share their annual reviews online.

EGD Special: How to raise from angel investors

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EGD News #59 — You can’t keep game ideas that you don’t use

This week I launched Gaming Angel Fellowship! It’s finally live! I can’t believe it 🙂 I spent so much time in the last two months, going back and forth with the content. It feels so great to have it out there and have the first members inside the new angel community.

Magic: the Gathering: Twenty Years, Twenty Lessons Learned

These are my takeaways from this awesome GDC talk from 2016, by Mark Rosewater, Head Designer for Magic: The Gathering.

EGD 075: Lars Jörnow, EQT Ventures

In this episode, I’m talking with Lars Jörnow, partner at EQT Ventures. Half VC, half start-up. EQT Ventures is a multi-stage VC with €1.2bn across two funds to help fuel European tech start-ups to become global winners. Lars started his career in gaming at King for ten years and eventually transitioned into VC in 2015. Since then, he’s invested in companies like Small Giant Games, Popcore, Traplight, and Reworks.

EGD News #58 — Investor feedback on the game

One gaming investor superpower comes from being able to give feedback on a build. Here I try to give some focus areas where anyone could develop their feedback giving skills.

Priced Round for Gaming Startups

Eventually, the company will want to do a priced round, where the actual investment is converted into shares, also known as equity, in the company. The priced round usually happens when institutional investors, especially VCs (venture capitalists) get involved.

EGD News #64 — How Public Companies Grow

My prediction for M&A is that the momentum for consolidation will start moving over from profitable target companies down to the Series A stage. Public companies will offer highly attractive multipliers and public company stock for startups who’ve shown product-market fit — companies who haven’t yet scaled but will do so in the next 12 months.

InvestGame.net webinar – Review of 2020 in gaming

This is a webinar we did with Anton Gorodetsky and Sergei Evdokimov from InvestGame.net and we reviewed gaming’s investment, M&A, and IPO landscape from 2020 and shared our predictions on what will happen in gaming during 2021.

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