Elite Game Developers podcast

This is the ultimate game development podcast, where your host Joakim Achrén, the co-founder of Next Games, talks to founders of games companies, and together they explore the aspects of creating successful games companies.

You don’t want to miss out on these, as you’ll uncover the timeless ideas, game development processes, stories, and life lessons that will help you master the best of what other people have already figured out.

Listen on: Apple Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or access the episodes below and listen to them on our site.

EGD Special: 2020 in Review with InvestGame

This is a recording from a webinar that I 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 079: Anton Gauffin, Huuuge Games

In this episode, I have a chat with Anton Gauffin, the founder and CEO of Huuuge Games. Anton has been an entrepreneur in gaming for two decades now and has seen pretty much everything, all the ups, and downs.

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 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 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 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 Special: Early-Stage Success in Mobile Gaming

In November of 2020, I did a webinar called “Early-Stage Success in Mobile Gaming,” where I talked to Skunkworks Games Co-Founder and CEO James Cramer. This webinar is a real case study in how Skunkworks raised its angel rounds and how they built the pathway to success in mobile games while raising very little.

EGD 074: Vladimir Funtikov, Creative Mobile

Today I’m talking with Vladimir Funtikov, the Co-Founder and CEO of Creative Mobile, from Tallinn, Estonia. Vlad and his team were one of the earliest mobile teams to strike it big on Android back in the day. The team started scaling things up quickly and through their rollercoaster ride, Vlad has learned a lot about company building. We’ll now hear more from Vlad himself.

EGD Special: Tales From Playtesting

In October of 2020, I did a webinar on playtesting mobile games with Elie Mouraud from PlaytestCloud. We talked about how you can learn more about your game by focusing on the player’s experience, from early on in the development, all the way to soft launching and going live.

EGD Special: 2020 in Review with InvestGame

This is a recording from a webinar that I 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 079: Anton Gauffin, Huuuge Games

In this episode, I have a chat with Anton Gauffin, the founder and CEO of Huuuge Games. Anton has been an entrepreneur in gaming for two decades now and has seen pretty much everything, all the ups, and downs.

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 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 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 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 Special: Early-Stage Success in Mobile Gaming

In November of 2020, I did a webinar called “Early-Stage Success in Mobile Gaming,” where I talked to Skunkworks Games Co-Founder and CEO James Cramer. This webinar is a real case study in how Skunkworks raised its angel rounds and how they built the pathway to success in mobile games while raising very little.

EGD 074: Vladimir Funtikov, Creative Mobile

Today I’m talking with Vladimir Funtikov, the Co-Founder and CEO of Creative Mobile, from Tallinn, Estonia. Vlad and his team were one of the earliest mobile teams to strike it big on Android back in the day. The team started scaling things up quickly and through their rollercoaster ride, Vlad has learned a lot about company building. We’ll now hear more from Vlad himself.

EGD Special: Tales From Playtesting

In October of 2020, I did a webinar on playtesting mobile games with Elie Mouraud from PlaytestCloud. We talked about how you can learn more about your game by focusing on the player’s experience, from early on in the development, all the way to soft launching and going live.