The initial round of judging to select up to 20 finalists was done by Google and by an independent judge. Due to the unprecedented circumstances, the final round took place online, with winners and Top 10 selected by our panel of industry experts.
Anna Idzikowska - Ten Square Games
Anna is the Head of Growth at Ten Square Games, a Polish F2P developer and producer of Fishing Clash, a worldwide top fishing mobile game (a tough task to do not being an angler herself :)). Anna has six years of experience in the gaming industry (in TSG since 2014) and manages a team of 20+ growth ninjas. She is responsible for business relations and marketing strategy for all TSG titles. A huge fan of electro music, coffee and pizza.
Are Mack Growen - London Venture Partners
Are is a General Partner at Lvp., where he works on supporting portfolio companies and finding new opportunities. For over 12 years he worked in GM and VP roles to build game studios in Asia and the West, at Playfish, EA, gumi and others. These studios delivered multiple hits played by more than 45m users, including a number one hit in Japan and the inaugural BAFTA award for social games.
Celine Pasula - Fingersoft
Celine is the CEO at Fingersoft and has over a decade of leadership experience in top mobile gaming companies including startups and bigger companies. She is an expert in finance, legal and business development and also in building a great company culture. She is a fast thinking leader with a big heart for game development. When it comes to gaming itself, she is one of the most competitive players you are ever going to meet.
Ivan is an indie game developer, musician and creator of the game “G30” - one of the winners in the 2019 edition of the Google Play Indie Games contest. With this being his first game and having developed the game mostly by himself, he proved that you can create meaningful, high-quality and successful games alone. Ivan is always hungry for new knowledge, creations and innovations, trying to make everything with true passion.
Luca Redwood - EightyEight Games
Luca is an indie game developer behind the games 10000000, You Must Build A Boat and Photographs, one of the winning games in the Google Play Indie Games contest in 2019. He tries to make games that thread the needle between casual and hardcore and occasionally succeeds.
Luke Holland - Loju
Luke is a game developer and designer based in London with over 10 years of games industry experience. He’s the founder of Loju, an indie game studio and creators of the time bending puzzler Causality (Runner-up in the 2017 Google Play Indie Games contest) and goop flinging platformer Ordia, one of the winners in the 2019 edition.
Maya Gurevich Kagan - Deemedya / Game of Whales
Maya is the CEO and co-founder of Deemedya; its blockbuster ‘Trial Xtreme’ series reached 220 million downloads and Top charts in 87 countries. She is also co-founder of Game of Whales, the winner of ‘the best tools provider for 2019’ - AI and ML platform that boosts mobile games holistic LTV and performance. With 10+ years of experience establishing companies from scratch to either profitability or successful exit, Maya gained management track record, experience in designing products, driving sales growth and leading divisions in the mobile gaming industry.
Viet Nguyen - Rocket Beans TV
Viet is editor and host for Rocket Beans TV, Germanys first 24/7 internet TV broadcaster for gamers and nerds. He also hosted the mobile games and apps show Pocket Beans and was the Presenter for the stage show Google Play Mobile Gaming Ground at Gamescom 2018.
Daniel Galpin - Google
Dan has been a Developer Advocate for Android and Play for over ten years, focusing on games, Android performance tuning, and developer training. Previous to Google, he spent over 10 years working in the mobile space, developing at almost every layer of the OS.
Dmitri Martynov - Google
Dmitri heads up the Google Play apps & games business development team in Central and Eastern Europe. His team helps developers in the region to grow successful businesses on Android & Google Play.