Video game design: The ins and outs of an expanding industry – Fawzi Mesmar

Fawzi is Studio Game Design Director at King

Fawzi is a passionate Creative Director, Game designer, Leader, author, public speaker and retired e-sports player that has been in the gaming industry for over 15 years. His career has spanned The Middle East, New Zealand, Japan and Europe.

As an author, he wrote the first ever textbook about game design in Arabic. He’s a columnist at Pocket Gamer Arabia, and blogs frequently about game design and the business of making games.

King

King is a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, with people all around the world playing one or more of our games. We have developed more than 200 fun titles, and offer games that are enjoyed all around the world. King is an independent unit of Activision Blizzard Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), which acquired King in February 2016.

Podcast

A career in the video games industry is the big discussion point of this show. Fawzi talks Andy through his career in the sector and he offers some advice for those looking for a career in gaming. They also talk about how gamification, especially on mobile devices, is spreading to other markets. The gaming industry moves at a breakneck pace, and Fawzi lets Andy into some tricks he uses to stay one step ahead of the latest cutting-edge tech.  

 

Show Notes:

00.32 Getting into the gaming industry.

03.55 Gaming is booming.

07.54 Esports and public speaking.

10.17 Fawzi’s career trajectory.

13.24 Gamification of other industries.

15.11 Is there a skills gap in the gaming industry?

17.14 Building games in 2018 for a 2020 release.

19.22 Keeping pace with a changing industry.

20.30 Approaching goal setting.

22.35 Pursuing what you want to do.