Building Successful Companies in the Gaming Industry
Game Executive helps participants to learn about business, leadership, strategy and entrepreneurship in the gaming industry. It prepares them to deal with the challenges of managing and building a successful business and offers them an opportunity to forge meaningful connections with experts in the industry, venture capitalists and other potential partners.
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The Game Executive program is designed to meet the strategic business needs of companies involved in the gaming industry.
It is recommended for
- Directors / founders of game companies or startups
- Heads of departments / team leaders / managers in the gaming industry
- Public sector leaders concerned with games, entrepreneurship and funding
- Professionals involved in the gaming sector, for example in design, marketing, PR, HR, and law firms
- Other professionals with a potential for, or taking on, managerial and/or leadership roles
Contents and Schedule
Game Executive combines lectures and workshops from top level professors with company visits and talks from experts in the gaming industry.
It offers a 360 learning environment in which participants develop the necessary skills and knowledge for managing and building a successful business, not just games.
October 17-24, 2018
Key Program Faculty
Teemu Malmi, Professor, Aalto University
Shailendra Vyakarnam, Director, Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship, Cranfield University
Riitta Lumme-Tuomala, Director and Coach, Aalto University Executive Education
Peter Zackariasson, Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg
Fabian Sepulveda, Senior Lecturer, Aalto University
William Cardwell, Lecturer, Aalto University
Tero Kuittinen, Chief Strategist, Kuu Hubb Oy
Tomi Huttula, Electronic Arts
Guest Speakers at Gamex Executive 2016
KooPee Hiltunen, NeoGames, Topic: Education & Game Industry in Finland
Jyri Partanen, Remote Control Productions/IGDA Finland, Topic: Publishing
Tomi Huttula, Electronic Arts, Topic: Product Management in Game Companies
Lasse Seppänen, Playraven, Topic: Why strategy matters?
Petri Lehmuskoski, Gorilla Ventures, Topic: Traditional Business Models in Games
Wilhelm Taht, Rovio, Topic: Business Development / Media in Games
Ville Heijari, Rovio, Topic: User Acquisition & Monetization
Kalle Kaivola, Next Games, Topic: Licensing
Mike Bradshaw, Startup Sauna, Topic: The Fundamentals of Pitching
Aape Pohjavirta, Funzi, Topic: Storytelling in Pitching
Juha Matikainen, Stealth Mode Startup, Topic: Financial Modeling in a Game company
Joakim Achren, Next Games, Topic: Game Analytics
Saara Bergström, Next Games, Topic: Mobile Game Marketing
Teemu Haila, Playraven, Topic: Soft Launch / Monetization
Jaan Tuominen, Fondia, Topic: Legal Roadmap of a Game Company
Mikael Leinonen, MyGamez, Topic: Entering Asian Markets - China
Janne Saarikko, JanneSaarikko.com, Topic: Creator of Firsts (Strategy & Marketing)
Ville Vesterinen, Reaktor Ventures, Topic: Investments in Games
Oskari Kettunen，Reaktor Ventures, Topic: Investments in Games
Petteri Rapo, Alder & Sound, Topic: The Dark Side of Financial Modelling
Marjo Kuosmanen，Rovio, Topic: Retaining Talent / HR Panel
Liisa Lähteenaho, Umbra 3D, Topic: Talent Management / HR Panel
Arja Martikainen, Barona / Games Jobs Finland, Topic: Roadmap of Game HR / HR Panel
Anu Tukeva, Housemarque, Topic: Hiring the right talent / HR Panel
Teemu Huuhtanen, Next Games
Entry Requirements and Fee
Applicants for the program must
- Be working in an established game company or a company serving the gaming sector
- Hold or be in line for a managerial or senior specialist position in a game company or be a founder/partner of a game company or a company serving the gaming sector
- Have a good command of both written and spoken English (official language tests not required)
- Complete the online application form with all information
The program fee is € 4,950 (+ VAT). We offer an Early Bird program fee of 4,450 (+ VAT) valid until July 31, 2018. From August 1, 2018 onwards the fee is € 4,950 (+ VAT).
The program fee includes in-class materials, lunches and coffee breaks during the program days. Please note that the program fee does not include travel expenses or accommodation. VAT is applicable to Finnish companies and private persons.
The number of places is limited; to participate in the program, an applicant must receive and accept an offer of participation from Aalto University Executive Education.
Early submission of a full application will increase your chance of obtaining a place on the program. Participants will be selected by the program steering group, which is formed of leading industry professionals.