August 26, 2014
Playspace @Pocket PlayLab
Running an indie gaming studio is tough. Some succeeded, but many failed. It’s the natural death statistics in the world of startups.
How can entrepreneurs (you) grow an indie game studio? How can we reduce entrepreneurs’ failure rate in the gaming startup sector? Can an indie game accelerator help? Can we learn something from a fast-growing indie studio which has at least tasted success?
If these are the questions you have in mind, join our upcoming Games in Asia Meetup in Bangkok on August 26. We have Jakob Lykkegaard, CEO and co-founder at Pocket Playlab and Saiyai Sakawee, co-founder and CMO at MSeed to share some insights on building an indie studios and how an accelerator could help, respectively.
Jakob Lykkegaard, CEO and co-founder at Pocket PlayLab
Early on, Jakob decided to stop university and a good job in Denmark so he could move to Thailand instead and start his own business. While in Thailand, he co-founded Pagemodo.com which provided marketing tools for Facebook and after an explosive growth was acquired by Webs Inc. in 2011 and later public listed VistaPrint Inc. less than 2 years after it was started. Today, Jakob is co-founder of Pocket PlayLab, the biggest independent mobile game developer in the region.
Their latest title “Juice Cubes” was published in partnership with Rovio and have been grossing better than all of their titles (including all Angry Birds sequels).
The team have without external funding grown to 50+ and is mix of Thai and foreigners, representing around 10 different nationalities at their Bangkok office.
Saiyai Sakawee, co-founder and CMO
Besides being obsessed with her pug, Saiyai is also a proud self-proclaimed tech nerd. She found a soft spot in her heart for all techy stuff while she was working in a social marketing agency in NYC, after she received her MS in PR from NYU.
Now if you want to get in touch with her, just tweet her or send her a cool meme of dogs or any tech jokes and she will become your new bff. Today, Saiyai runs MSeed, Thailand’s first startup accelerator for game developers as its co-founder and CMO.