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 081: Hakan Ulvan, Bigger Games

In this episode, I have a chat with Hakan Ulvan, the co-founder and CEO of Bigger Games from Istanbul, Turkey. Hakan and his co-founders left Peak Games a few years ago to start working on their own game studio. In this episode, we talk about their approach to making games, how the Turkish gaming ecosystem has evolved over the years, and what will happen next.

EGD Special: Game making with Javier Barnes (part 2)

This is part 2 of my discussion with Javier Barnes, Product Manager at Tilting Point. Javier has an extensive career in gaming, having worked at Gameloft, Social Point, and others. With Javier, we decided to make this episode a discussion around the topic of game design in 2021, as it’s of big interest for both of us. We talk about playtesting, player motivations, user-oriented design, the model of small teams, and more.

EGD Special: Game making with Javier Barnes (part 1)

Today I’m talking with Javier Barnes, Product Manager at Tilting Point. Javier has an extensive career in gaming, having worked at Gameloft, Social Point and others. With Javier, we decided to make this episode a more of a discussion, around the topic of game design in 2021, as it’s of big interest for both of us. We talk about playtesting, player motivations, user oriented design, the model of small teams, and more.

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 081: Hakan Ulvan, Bigger Games

In this episode, I have a chat with Hakan Ulvan, the co-founder and CEO of Bigger Games from Istanbul, Turkey. Hakan and his co-founders left Peak Games a few years ago to start working on their own game studio. In this episode, we talk about their approach to making games, how the Turkish gaming ecosystem has evolved over the years, and what will happen next.

EGD Special: Game making with Javier Barnes (part 2)

This is part 2 of my discussion with Javier Barnes, Product Manager at Tilting Point. Javier has an extensive career in gaming, having worked at Gameloft, Social Point, and others. With Javier, we decided to make this episode a discussion around the topic of game design in 2021, as it’s of big interest for both of us. We talk about playtesting, player motivations, user-oriented design, the model of small teams, and more.

EGD Special: Game making with Javier Barnes (part 1)

Today I’m talking with Javier Barnes, Product Manager at Tilting Point. Javier has an extensive career in gaming, having worked at Gameloft, Social Point and others. With Javier, we decided to make this episode a more of a discussion, around the topic of game design in 2021, as it’s of big interest for both of us. We talk about playtesting, player motivations, user oriented design, the model of small teams, and more.

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.