The games:net Berlin Europe Podcast

The games:net Berlin Europe Podcast

Episode 19 - Stephen Lee

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Sometimes, all we need is to breathe. This holds true to DECA Games, a publisher that breathes new life into old video games, but also to its Head of Business Development, Stephen Lee, who tries to live his life consciously from one breath to the next. With Simon and Florian he talks about cultural differences, true partnerships and health. As if this wasn't enough already, we solve Florian's childhood trauma along the way.

Episode 18 - Marie Mejerwall

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“Been there, done that”. This could be Marie Mejerwall’s middle name. The consultant wore nearly every hat in the industry from esports host and coach, over game designer and team leader to being a mentor and spokesperson for diversity and inclusion. She moved across the globe, always led by the next adventure, always accompanied by her Famicom, her love for karaoke and the urge to plunge into the unknown.

Episode 17 - Amir Mirzaee

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Amir Mirzaee, Managing Director and COO of Bayes Esports, is constantly on the search for inspiration. While finding it in his job, games and other people, he himself is an inspirational source as well. With Simon and Florian he talks about being a role model, finding his own flavour and how games are a form of culture and art.

Episode 16 - Nathaniel "Nate" Barker

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With his newly founded games studio Roamer Games, Nate Barker wants to do what nobody else does. What that is and how he wants to accomplish that, he tells Simon and Florian in this episode. Apart from that he shares his love for Berlin, data-driven game development and his team.

Episode 15 - Tumult Kollektiv

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The musicians and sound designers of Tumult Kollektiv strive for a wholesome, mature auditive experience in games. They practice what they preach because this is exactly what they give you in this podcast, talking about the need to create, what it means to truly work in a collective and the importance of trust and freedom when bringing good music to life.

Episode 14 - Herwig Egon Casadoro-Kopp

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CEO and Founder of Normalum Mixed Realities, Herwig Egon Casadoro-Kopp's fascination with the human brain and its abilities of pattern recognition and learning through meaningful stories, is highly contagious. He takes us on a wild ride through his mind and speaks of the architecture of language, the thrill of the unknown and what that has to do with games.

Episode 13 - Prof. Dr. Steffen P. Walz

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Steffen is an explorer - a title he has given himself for his current position at Volkswagen Group’s digital transformation subsidiary diconium but that holds also true for the rest of his life. We talk about the strange turns of Steffen's career, travel in all it forms and how health and mobility have always played a role in his life since the very beginning.

Episode 12 - Jenni Wergin

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Jenni Wergin is the gamers’ gamer. She is currently a product manager for Thunderful Games, and was previously a part of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Booster Space (gamesweekberlin, Womenize). She is also a moderator and a let’s player on her YouTube channel “Two into Indie”. We speak about our shared experiences in games like WoW and StarCraft, her career, her love for the games industry, how we can facilitate easier entries into the industry, the big numbers she is collecting, and her ambitions as an artist.

Episode 11 - Ingo Horn

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In this episode, we speak with Ingo Horn. Ingo is a games veteran, marking 27 years of activity in the German industry. He is currently the Communications Director Europe for Wargaming, the chairman of LetsPlay4Charity, and, since 2022, a jury member for DCP (German video game award). He was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for his charity efforts. We speak about the early days of the games industry, how communication has changed over the years, studio acquisitons and his charity work.

Episode 10 - Ieva Beneckė

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In this episode, we speak with Ieva Benecke. Ieva is a game designer and team lead at Estoty in Vilnius, Lithuania. That’s where she is from as well, and we spend a lot of time exploring the Lithuanian connection between Ieva and Florian and the game development landscape there. We also cover questions on (game) design and living as a lone wolf, and, of course, video game cocktails.

About this podcast

On this podcast, co-hosts Simon Ohler and Florian Masuth interview interesting and inspiring people and want to learn more about their contribution to the games industry, while also shining a spotlight on the person behind the career.

games:net Berlin Europe is an initiative of the company network media:net berlinbrandenburg. The project is financed by the EUROPEAN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND and the State of Berlin, Senate Department of Economics, Energy, and Public Enterprises through its Program for Internationalization.

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