Mentorship is a critical component of the Indie Games Accelerator curriculum. Participants of the program had an access to leading game experts from Google as well as from leading game studios and institutions around the world.

Mentorship sessions covered a broad variety of game topics including technical development, design, gameplay, user retention, user acquisition, monetization, and team leadership.

Meet the 2019 Industry and Google mentors below:

INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Profile

Alok Kejriwal

CEO and Co-founder, Games2win

Alok is a serial digital entrepreneur and the CEO and Co-founder of Games2win. Games2win is a global mobile games business that has 240 million game downloads and entertains over 10 million players monthly. In 1998, Alok created contests2win.com – India’s first online contesting site that spearheaded the creation of digital promotions in the world. In 2006, Alok sold his Mobile Startup, Mobile2win, to The Walt Disney Company and Norwest Venture Partners in China and India respectively.

Profile

Angelo Lobo

Veteran Game Designer. Ex Designer, Zynga

Angelo is a veteran game designer, with 18 years of experience. He spent 5 years at Zynga as the Design Director for games like FarmVille 2, FarmVille Country Escape and Empires & Allies. Angelo's main focus is casual and mid-core games for the mobile platform. For the last year, he has been mentoring indie studios across India.

Profile

Amir Yagil

General Manager, Jelly Button

Amir has twenty years of experience in business, marketing and management roles. For the last eight years, Amir is at Playtika, one of the largest global game companies, in various business management and cross-company management positions. These include COO, General Manager of Playtika Montreal and currently, General Manager of Jelly Button, a Playtika company.

Profile

Doron Kagan

Co-founder & CEO, Game of Whales

Doron is the founder of 3 top mobile games companies. Two were acquired and Deemedya with over 220,000,000 downloads, an international mobile game publisher operating from 3 different locations in the world. Doron is also the founder & CEO of Game of Whales, a cutting edge AI platform that allows game publishers to autonomously increase their users IAP LTV, retention and Ads optimization strategy.

Profile

Ezequiel Mottillo

Creative Director, 
Etermax

Ezequiel is designer, journalist and photographer. He is born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and for the last 8 years he has been leading the creative team and product partnerships at Etermax as well as coordinating the development of educational content. During his first steps in communication, he produced Radio & TV shows. After collaborating with numerous startups, he joined Etermax in 2010 to collaborate in the creation of the most downloaded social game in history: Trivia Crack (Preguntados), declared as Cultural Interest by the ministry of Culture of Argentina.

Profile

Flavio Miyamaru

PartnerTapps Games

Flavio is the Founder of Tapps Games which develops more than 400 causal mobile games, reaching more than 700 million downloads. He is currently overseeing Tapps Ventures.

Profile

Fawzi Mesmar

Studio Director, Production and Design, King

Fawzi is a passionate Creative Director, Game designer, Manager, author, public speaker and retired e-sports player who has been in the gaming industry for over 16 years working for companies such as King (Activision Blizzard), Gameloft and Atlus Ltd to name a few. He has worked on over 20 titles that have been enjoyed by millions of players world wide most notably Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Jelly Saga, Kim Kardashian Hollywood (JP) and many more.

Profile

Kamina Vincent

Producer, Mountains Games Studio

Kamina is Producer at Mountains, a craft games company based in Melbourne. In early 2018, Mountains released Florence, an interactive story on love and life. Kamina previously worked at Tin Man Games, starting as QA and gathered several hats that included: Kickstarter Campaign Manager, Community Support, Editor, and Producer. Kamina is also proactive in the game development community, with a strong focus on the future ecosystem of the sector.

Profile

Mario Wynands

Managing Director, PikPok

Mario Wynands is the Managing Director and co-founder of PikPok, a leading publisher across mobile, desktop, and console. In his 22 years at PikPok, he has led the studio, built a successful game portfolio and overseen the creation of many engaging console titles as well as multiple hits in the mobile space. Wynands is a graduate of Victoria University in Wellington with degrees in business management and computer science.

Profile

Mark Skaggs

Gaming Expert. Ex- Zynga, EA

Mark is an award-winning game developer known for his track record of creating the worldwide phenomena “FarmVille” and “CityVille” on Facebook(300+ million players), mobile hits with 30 million downloads as well as successful console and PC games selling over 16 million copies at retail. With a career spanning more than 25 years, three AIAS awards, four console transitions, Mark is also known for creating multi-million selling RTS games.

PRofile

Michael Thompson

UX/UI and Game Designer, Digipen Institute of Technology

Michael started his game industry career at EA/Blackbox in Vancouver, Canada, in 2002, working mostly on sports titles. This eventually brought him to Singapore, where he helped develop the first Fifa Online. Michael later moved to Ubisoft, working on Ghost Recon Phantoms and Skull and Bones. He currently teaches UX/UI and game design at Digipen Institute of Technology, Singapore.

Profile

Ngo Van Luyen

CEO & Founder, Divmob

Luyen is CEO and Founder of DIVMOB. He founded DIVMOB after spending some years working in France. DIVMOB has grown its staff strength by 10 times since its founding. Under Luyen's leadership, DIVMOB developed Ninja Revenge which got more than 20 million downloads on Google Play store.

Profile

Noah Falstein

Owner-Inspiracy. Ex-Chief Game Designer of Google

With 39 years' experience as a professional game developer, Noah has a wide variety of experiences. He is primarily a game designer/producer and have also worked as a programmer, writer, creative director and more. Noah is known for designing some iconic LucasArts adventure games, being a pioneer in Serious Games and for having worked as Google's Chief Game Designer. He is recently known to have designed games for health/Neurogaming.

Profile

Rami Ismail

Co-founder, Vlambeer

Rami is an independent video game developer and spokesperson within the video game industry on the topics of diversity and reaching out to game developers from developing countries. He also co-founded the studio Vlambeer in 2010, where among games they have developed include Ridiculous Fishing, Luftrausers, and Nuclear Throne.

Profile

Shainiel Deo

Founder and CEO, Halfbrick Studios

Shainiel is one of the original founders of Halfbrick. He has lead the company for over 16 years as CEO as well as being a Product Manager and Stakeholder on many of Halfbrick's games. Shainiel has a strong understanding of leadership, company culture and building great games.

Profile

Soo Jeong Bae

Director & Co-founder, LoadComplete

Soo is Director and Co-Founder at LoadComplete, an independent mobile game studio in South Korea known best for Crusaders Quest, FisherCat, Disco Panda and many others. Soo has been wearing various hats along the course of LoadComplete's growth from being the only artist among 3 founders, a sound designer, a producer, HR for 100+ ppl, to now focusing on branding of LoadComplete in various contexts and layers.

Profile

Wan Hazmer Bin Wan Ab Halim

Founder, CEO and Game Director, Metronomik

Out of his love for amplifying the role of audio in gameplay, Wan Hazmer co-founded Metronomik, a game studio based in Malaysia. Together with his team, he works on a PS4 and PC music-centric action game titled No Straight Roads.Prior to this, Wan Hazmer has worked in Square Enix Tokyo for 8 years as the lead game designer for Final Fantasy XV. His other notable works include Final Fantasy Type-0 and Monster of the Deep: FFXV.

Profile

Ziv Kitaro

Director of Product Management, 
WhaleApp

Ziv is currently the Director of Product Management at Whaleapp LTD. He has more than 15b years of experience in the games industry. Ziv's main focal points are product management, creative direction and Game design. He has held both executive and creative titles. He led studios at Plarium Global, and Playtika, and consulted to companies like 888 Holdings and Men of Action.

GOOGLE

Profile

Abe Haskins

Firebase Developer Programs Engineer, Google

Abe is a Firebase engineer at Google. For the past five years Abe has been helping engineers build Firebase-powered things so they can take over the world.

Profile

Alexey Kokin

Android Apps Business Development Manager, Central and Eastern Europe, Google

Alexey works with Google Play application partners in CEE and helps EMEA apps and games increase their product quality. Before joining Google Play team, Alexey worked in corporate and consumer mobility roles in SAP, Nokia and Microsoft.

Profile

Ashnil Dixit

Business Development Manager, Google Play Apps and Games, Google

Ashnil leads Google Play's Business Development for Malaysia and Philippines. He was a long time corporate strategist with Google and McKinsey. Ashnil had built banking apps at Standard Chartered Bank and has written codes for Appian.

Profile

Ben Gable

Partner Developer Advocate, Google

Ben has been a game developer for his entire professional career. With over 10 years of experience developing games, he now works at Google as a Developer Advocate for game developers on Android. His goal is to help developers make great games on Android platforms - especially indies. Prior to Google, Ben was an indie himself and co-founded the studio, PolyKid. His first game, "Poi," launched worldwide on PC and consoles in 2017.

Profile

Chi Chen

Head, APAC Growth Consulting, Google

Prior to joining Google Play as Head of APAC Growth Consulting, Chi worked in Product and Producer role in a wide ranging of industry such as travel, gaming and eCommerce.

profile

Daniel Trocoli

Strategic Partner Development, Google Play Apps and Games, LatAm - Sao Paulo, Google

Daniel is a Business Development Manager at Google Play with more than 10 years of experience in the gaming industry.

Profile

Gaby Hien

Partner Manager - New Publisher Business (OPG SEA), Google

Gaby is a game enthusiast who has 10 years of experience in mobile gaming, marketing and advertising.

Profile

James Kavanagh

Strategic Partner Development Manager, Google Play, Google

Based out of Mountain View, California, James is focused on growing subscription and premium partners. Having spent 8 years at Electronic Arts across Production and Business roles, James is passionate about games.

Profile

Joe McGinn

Publishing Producer, Games, Google

Joe McGinn joined Google Singapore as a Publishing Producer to support VR and AR developers in the region. Prior to joining Google, he was lead game designer at Radical Entertainment, Activision-Blizzard, the Walt Disney Corporation, and Ubisoft. He led the design of Radical's breakout hit The Simpsons: Hit & Run, listed on Metacritic as the highest-rated Simpsons game of all time.

Profile

Nai Chang

Head of Games Consulting, Google Play Apps & Games, Growth Consulting, Google

Nai is currently the Global Head of Games Growth Consulting at Google. Previously, he held various leadership roles at NatulraMotion as Head of Product Management and General Manager of Dawn of Titans. Nai also spent time at Zynga, San Diego as General Manager where he led product development in the casual puzzle games space, and prior to that at Playtika Santa Monica as VP of Revenue and Monetization. Pre-games, Nai spent time in technology (Google) and management consulting (McKinsey & Co).

Profile

Rachel Cheung

Business Development, Google Play Apps & Games, Google

Rachel partner game developers to ensure they are launched successfully on Google Play and helps optimize their mobile business strategy. Prior to joining the Google Play team, Rachel has worked on Google's AdMob for more than 2 years. Originally from Hong Kong, she has been working in Taipei for the last 3 years. Rachel is currently part of the Business Development, Games and Apps' team in Google Play Taiwan.

Profile

Serena Shih

Business Development Manager, Google Play, Google

Serena is the Business Development Manager for Google Play, China. She helps local gaming developers succeed globally on the Google Play platform. In addition, Serena leads Google Play’s indie efforts to grow the Chinese indie community and enlarging their presence on the global stage.

Profile

Shala Seo

Business Development Manager, Google Play Games, Google

Shala is Business Development Manager for Google Play Games, Korea. She helps empower Android game developers build successful businesses.

Profile

Shalini Poddar

Head of Business Development, Google Play Apps & Games, India, Google

Shalini is Head of Business Development, Google Play Apps and Games in India. She is an impact-focused leader with 14 years of experience in consulting, strategy, business development, sales, partnerships and marketing. Shalini has a wide range of experience in launching and scaling digital marketing products, and accelerating growth of online advertising across industry verticals

Profile

Sharan Tulsiani

Business Development Manager, Google Play 

Sharan works closely with indies as well as market leaders to help them bring fantastic games and apps to users and find success on the Play platform. A veteran of the gaming industry he has worked with game developers across India, South East Asia, Europe and other regions before joining Google and the Play BD team in India.

Profile

Tarik Kaya

Software Engineer, Google

Tarik is a Software Engineer in Google, building Android Game SDK. He has made games professionally for 8 years and is interested in physics simulation.

Profile

Tom Greenaway

Developer Advocate, Google

Tom Greenaway is the gaming lead for Chrome and Web Developer Relations at Google. He's also a multi-award winning game designer having created Duet for Android and iOS which was downloaded nearly 20 million times worldwide.

Profile

Truong Do

Account Manager, Mobile Ad Sales, Google

Truong Do is Account Manager, Mobile Ad Sales in Google. His role in Google includes helping both indie developers and mobile game publishers to grow their businesses with Google Ads globally. Prior to his role in Google, Truong Do has worked as a UA Manager for 3 years in Southeast Asia.

Profile

Vineet Tanwar

Business Development Manager, Google Play Apps and Games, Google

Vineet manages business development for Google Play in Southeast Asia. He has over 12 years of experience working in the gaming industry in product, analytics and business development roles. Vineet is passionate about startups and has been leading the indie game developer program for the region. Prior to Google, Vineet worked with a San Francisco based games startup, where he managed all operations, including game launch, analytics, monetization, partnerships and fundraising.

Profile

Wolff Dobson

Developer Programs Engineer, Google

Wolff is a Developer Programs Engineer at Google specializing in machine learning and games. Before Google, he worked as a game developer for 12 years, including writing AI for the NBA2K series and helping design the Wii MotionPlus. He has a PhD in artificial intelligence from the Northwestern University.