EGD News #14 (Jan 31st 2020)

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It’s Joakim here. Greetings from Oulu, Finland, where I’m doing some coaching sessions for local gaming startups. The industry is growing like crazy here in Oulu, with a few new companies getting started every month. And the talent is amazing here. If you want to visit a nimble tech hub in the Nordics, Oulu should be your destination.

Meanwhile, Sensortower’s 2019 mobile report is out: PDF is here

Also, the guys at Deconstructor did a really good talk with AppAnnie, here’s the link to listen to that one. Listen to it on Anchor.fm


Upcoming webinar

We here at Elite Game Developers are hosting our first webinar, with the title of ”How To Get Investor Money For Gaming Startup”. There’s going to be a 20 minute presentation in the beginning and then a 20 minutes of Q&A for the participants to ask questions.

Get your ticket for this free webinar from here: http://bit.ly/2uONrAR

Why will we be talk about raising money?

  • Loads of people are interested in getting my feedback on their games company pitch deck
  • I’ve identifiend many commonalities in the early stage decks that I want to cover with you
  • I’ll also talk about what investors are looking for. What are the signals for them to invest, and how they make those decision.

Whilst you are waiting for the webinar, I highlu recommend you watch Hustle Fund VC’s video on raising money from investors. It’s a general discussion on what is venture money and how it works: https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=58s&v=38YX4gam8V0

Hope you can join us for the webinar on Feb 24th at 10am GMT. Call details will be shared well in advance for ticket holders.

If you know of people, who would benefit from participating in the webinar, please share the link with them. http://bit.ly/2uONrAR


Our Latest Article

Gaming Founder Meditations – Meditation has played big role in my recover from burnout in early 2019. I’ve been trying different ways to utilize meditation as a way to get clarity and focus to my day-to-day life.

I still want to be an entrepreneur, but without meditation, I don’t think it would be possible. If you haven’t tried meditation yet, I highly recommend that you check out the article and give meditation a try.


Our Latest Podcasts

Game Entrepreneur’s Journey — Teemu Mäki-Patola is a friend, a Finn, and a true entrepreneur. In this podcast, we cover Teemu’s road to starting his first games company. He spent years trying to make it work, with lots of validation that they had on a stellar product idea.

But it wasn’t meant to be. Teemu had to figure out what he had learned from the experience and then apply these learnings to help build Frogmind, which eventually got a majority stake being acquired by Supercell. There’s lots of learnings shared in this podcast episode, for any entrepreneur, thinking that it will be easy. It never is.

All past episodes can be found here.


A Book Recommendation

The Courage to Be Disliked: How to Free Yourself, Change your Life and Achieve Real Happiness (Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga) — I was mindblown by this book. The book tells the story of an unhappy young man, who visits a philosopher on the outskirts of his city. Over the course of five conversations, the teacher helps him take control of his life and happiness.

Using the theories of psychologist Alfred Adler, who worked alongside Freud and Jung, the book simplifies how we are all free to determine our own future, free of the shackles of past experiences, doubts and the expectations of others.

You should really take a look at this book if you relate to any of the following feelings.

  • Worries about what other people think of you
  • Feeling as if you’re not achieving your goals and plans
  • Felling that those around you are having better luck, have better tools or that you are otherwise somewhat jealous or envious
  • Feeling that life has been unfair to you
  • Struggle to find happiness and peace in every day

Why is the book called “Courage to be disliked”? Read it to find out.