Alli Ottarsson — From operator to VC

I'm talking with Alli Ottarsson, who is a...

Elad Levy — Custom analytics for games

In this episode, I’m talking with Elad Levy, who is the founder and CEO of Dive, which is a new kind of game analytics provider.

Logan Dwight — Tabletop RPGs Go Online

Logan is the co-founder and CEO of Role, a tabletop role playing company that is taking tabletop RPGs online. In this discussion with Logan, we talk about his founding journey to build Role, how tabletop RPGs are transitioning online, through the rise of online platforms, and his experiences from building Role as a startup, building the team, fundraising, and many other topics.

EGD News #98 — How to fundraise

It was August 2007. I was sitting in the lobby of a London VCs office, with glass walls and doors, with people there looking quite busy.

EGD News #99 — Game depth

It’s Joakim here. Greetings from Helsinki! I have one quick announcement to make. A relatively new mobile game studio in Berlin, Germany, that I work with is looking for a CTO, with a possibility to join as co-founder. If you know of people looking for a role like...

Ask Me Anything #4

This is my fourth Ask Me Anything podcast episode, where I answer people’s questions related to game studios, fundraising, and all other entrepreneurship-related stuff.

EGD News #96 — Start a games company on the side

I recently wrote a post on LinkedIn about my thoughts on founding a game studio right now.

EGD 099: Martin Macmillan, Pollen VC

Martin Macmillan is the founder and CEO of...

EGD News #95 — Jobs to be done

Why are people picking up certain games from the App Store? And when you are developing your live game and running live-ops, how do you make sure you have the right offering?

Games industry numbers for H1 of 2021

This week I did a webinar with Anton Gorodetsky from InvestGame and Micha Katz from Aream & Co and we talked about the numbers from H1 of 2021 for the games industry. The industry saw explosive growth in terms of volume and size of M&As, private investments and IPOs.

How To Evaluate Mobile Game Ideas

We often hear this question coming up: “how should I evaluate the viability of a game idea as I’m starting to work on one?” It’s an essential question since you don’t want to end up spending several months developing something that won’t work. And the worst thing about building a game without any early validation is that you often don’t understand why it’s not working when the game is ready.

EGD 098: Klaas Kersting, Phoenix Games

I’m talking with Klaas Kersting, who is the Founder and CEO of Phoenix Games, a new kind of European gaming conglomerate, with six games studios under its belt. In this discussion with Klaas, we talk about luck and taking advantage of lucky moments, how the mobile games industry has evolved, what characterizes teams that can go from broke to hugely profitable, and what well-done mergers and acquisitions look like in gaming.

EGD News #94 — Helsinki gaming exits

Hi! It’s Joakim here. Greetings from Helsinki! It feels good to be back in full working mode after a semi-vacation for the last few weeks.

EGD 097: KooPee Hiltunen, Neogames

I've known KooPee Hiltunen for close to twenty...

EGD News #93 — No hierarchy at a game studio

We wanted to build a company where we trust people to know what they do (and let them do it) and a fairer company. We started looking around at all different ways to run companies: reading books, blogs… Reinventing Organization was an eye-opener.

EGD 096: Ask Me Anything #3

This week I published my third Ask Me Anything podcast episode,...

EGD News #92 — M&A experiences

Sent on July 23rd 2021. If you aren’t a subscriber to EGD News, you can subscribe here. It's Joakim here. Greetings from Helsinki! I published 54 new article pieces on the Elite Game Developers blog during the first half of 2021, and I wanted to share the top three...

EGD 095: Cordel Robbin-Coker, Carry1st

Cordel Robbin-Coker is the co-founder and CEO of Carry1st, a mobile games publisher that is focusing on the content of Africa. Africa is the last frontier for basically anything. Mobile gaming is no exception. For a continent that is home to more than 1 billion millennials and Gen Zers, mobile gaming has never really picked up, despite the continent witnessing rapid economic growth and smartphone adoption. Carry1st is changing that with it’s new approach for distribution and payments, custom made for Africa. In this episode, we talk about mobile gaming in Africa and about Cordel’s entrepreneur journey.

EGD News #91 — 10 Favorite Books of 2021 so far

Sent on July 16th 2021. If you aren’t a subscriber to EGD News, you can subscribe here. It's Joakim here. Greetings from Helsinki! I recently recorded a podcast episode with Miska Katkoff and Sophie Vo to talk about a book that I really enjoyed...

10 Favorite Books of 2021 so far

Wood texture from photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash We are halfway through 2021, and I wanted to share my top 10 books so far of the year. I've achieved to read 35 books, which is much better than by 12 books last year at this time. It's 34 Kindle books and 1 Audible...

Elad Levy — Custom analytics for games

In this episode, I’m talking with Elad Levy, who is the founder and CEO of Dive, which is a new kind of game analytics provider.

Logan Dwight — Tabletop RPGs Go Online

Logan is the co-founder and CEO of Role, a tabletop role playing company that is taking tabletop RPGs online. In this discussion with Logan, we talk about his founding journey to build Role, how tabletop RPGs are transitioning online, through the rise of online platforms, and his experiences from building Role as a startup, building the team, fundraising, and many other topics.

UPGRADE YOUR GAMES ENTREPRENEUR KNOWLEDGE

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      What is Elite Game Developers?
      Elite Game Developers is a resource run by me, Joakim Achrén, to teach you proven strategies for running a games business and optimizing it in effective ways.

      I’ve been through so many troubles in my career and my mission with Elite Game Developers is to help people who are seeking success in the games industry. It is such a rewarding job to be doing games, but it can also be cruel in so many ways. Hope the resources I’m sharing will help the future entrepreneurs who adventure into games development.

      Who is Elite Game Developers for?
      Aspiring games entrepreneurs is the core audience who should be reading and getting to know the things I teach.

      But I also go beyond the bits and pieces of starting and running a games company. This includes designing games, running a live game and all the supportive functions that make for a great games business.

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      Sign up for my newsletter, listen to the podcast and dive into the online courses. Also, you can pick up my book.

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