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.

Alexander Krug and Andre Krug — Success in instant games

In this podcast episode, I’m talking with Alexander Krug and Andre Krug, the co-founders of SOFT GAMES, an instant games company from Berlin, Germany. In this episode, we talk about the founder journey from a small startup to having 100 people in your company, what instant games looks like in 2022 and where the founders see their company to next.

Eitan Reisel — Future of games investing

In this podcast episode, I’m chatting with Eitan Reisel, Managing Partner of VGames, an early-stage gaming VC from Israel. Eitan and his team have been operating for a few years now with two funds raised. They’ve already have been investing in dozens of gaming companies worldwide.

Salone Sehgal — Investing in Indian games companies

In this podcast episode, I’m talking with Salone Sehgal, who is a General Partner at Lumikai Fund, which is a seed-stage gaming fund focusing on the Indian market. I had Salone on my show in 2020, but since so much has been happening in the games industry, I wanted to bring her back to the show.

Ismet Gökşen — Investing in Turkish gaming ecosystem

In this podcast episode, I’m talking with Ismet Gökşen, who is a General Partner at Ludus Ventures, a venture firm that is investing in early stage games companies, with many deals done in their home country of Turkey. In this episode, we talk about the Turkish gaming ecosystem, why things are going so well for the companies there, what the future looks like and what Ismet has learned about investing in gaming.

Carolin Krenzer — Building games with stellar execution

In this podcast episode, I’m talking to Carolin Krenzer, who is the co-founder and CEO of TrailMix, a mobile games studio well known for their hit merge game Love & Pies. Caro has an extensive background from free-to-play and mobile, and she has been doing her startup now since 2017.

Ask Me Anything #8

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

Jere Partanen and Erik Gloersen — Investing in early-stage gaming

In this episode, I talk with Jere Partanen and Erik Gloersen from Sisu Game Ventures, an early-stage gaming venture fund. Both Jere and Erik are newcomers to venture capital investing, although both have a background from working with gaming startups. In this discussion, we talk about the competitiveness of early-stage games investing, how a fund like Sisu can win deals and how the partners at Sisu are helping the founders they’ve invested in.

Alexander Krug and Andre Krug — Success in instant games

In this podcast episode, I’m talking with Alexander Krug and Andre Krug, the co-founders of SOFT GAMES, an instant games company from Berlin, Germany. In this episode, we talk about the founder journey from a small startup to having 100 people in your company, what instant games looks like in 2022 and where the founders see their company to next.

Eitan Reisel — Future of games investing

In this podcast episode, I’m chatting with Eitan Reisel, Managing Partner of VGames, an early-stage gaming VC from Israel. Eitan and his team have been operating for a few years now with two funds raised. They’ve already have been investing in dozens of gaming companies worldwide.

Salone Sehgal — Investing in Indian games companies

In this podcast episode, I’m talking with Salone Sehgal, who is a General Partner at Lumikai Fund, which is a seed-stage gaming fund focusing on the Indian market. I had Salone on my show in 2020, but since so much has been happening in the games industry, I wanted to bring her back to the show.

Ismet Gökşen — Investing in Turkish gaming ecosystem

In this podcast episode, I’m talking with Ismet Gökşen, who is a General Partner at Ludus Ventures, a venture firm that is investing in early stage games companies, with many deals done in their home country of Turkey. In this episode, we talk about the Turkish gaming ecosystem, why things are going so well for the companies there, what the future looks like and what Ismet has learned about investing in gaming.

Carolin Krenzer — Building games with stellar execution

In this podcast episode, I’m talking to Carolin Krenzer, who is the co-founder and CEO of TrailMix, a mobile games studio well known for their hit merge game Love & Pies. Caro has an extensive background from free-to-play and mobile, and she has been doing her startup now since 2017.

Ask Me Anything #8

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

Jere Partanen and Erik Gloersen — Investing in early-stage gaming

In this episode, I talk with Jere Partanen and Erik Gloersen from Sisu Game Ventures, an early-stage gaming venture fund. Both Jere and Erik are newcomers to venture capital investing, although both have a background from working with gaming startups. In this discussion, we talk about the competitiveness of early-stage games investing, how a fund like Sisu can win deals and how the partners at Sisu are helping the founders they’ve invested in.