Our Mentors

 

 

 

 

ADDISON KANG
CEO, AP ORIGIN

Addison Kang is a recognized name in the online and electronic gaming industry. He founded Asiasoft Online and Cherry Credits prior to joining as VP of Shanda Games (Nasdaq: GAME) till 2015. During his tenure, he published MapleStory, Audition, Pangya, Dragon Nest and launched World of Warcraft – The burning Crusade. A serial Entrepreneur with multiple successful exits, Addison now runs an innovation lab with 5 subsidiaries. He is also a Venture Partner of iGlobe Partners and an advisor to the world’s largest gaming peripheral company Razer.

Expertise: • Investor • Veteran Publishing Producer • Monetisation Expert • FinTech Payment & Distribution • HR Tech

 

 

 

 

ALDRIC CHANG
CEO, SWAG SOFT LLP

Aldric Chang is a serial creative entrepreneur. He excels in developing and marketing businesses, identifying problems and finding creative solutions for them.Having produced music, animation, virtual worlds, mobile apps and games, he understands media production intimately.As the founder of Media Freaks and Swag Soft, he grew these companies from scratch into well-known service providers in the fields of animation, digital marketing, mobile apps and games development.

Expertise: • Games & App Concept Development • Business Development & Marketing • Mentoring

 

 

 

 

ALLEN SIMONSEN
CO-FOUNDER, BOOMZAP ENTERTAINMENT

Co-Founder and Technical Director at Boomzap Entertainment, a premier Casual Games Developers. We’ve had a string of hits across PC, Mac and iOS, and grown to 71 people. We’re one of the pioneers, and evangelists, of the Virtual Office and ROWE based game development.
IGDA Singapore Coordinator; focused on helping promote the local industry, and helping individual game developers learn, work and grow in the Singapore Games Industry.

Games Educator; involved in education for Game Development for 11 years, including Mentoring, Teaching, Building Curriculum, and sitting on IABs and institution Boards.

 

 

 

 

DAVID NG
FOUNDER & CEO, GO GAME

David is the CEO and founder of goGame, a mobile game publisher and subsidiary of SEGA. goGame offers a suite of publishing services and revolutionary
technology with the singular aim of helping developers turn their good games into great games.
A veteran with over 20 years of industry experience, David has held many prominent roles, including CEO of gumi Asia and General Manager of Electronic Arts Asia Online. He is respected for his astute business vision, passion, as well as his role in orchestrating the success of Brave Frontier.

Expertise: Game Publishing • Entrepreneurship • Regional Business Development

 

 

 

 

TRAVIS HO
FOUNDER, TOUCH DIMENSIONS INTERACTIVE PTE LTD

Travis has been a game developer for much of his life, despite many attempts to the contrary. Deprived of the chance to play strategy games as a child, he set out on a lifelong quest of making one of his own, despite having no idea what such games were like and having no internet to refer to.

Starting in an era when games were very much limited by graphics capabilities they ran on, Travis programmed games that were little more than green lines on black screens.

Back then, this was sufficient to win him a showcase spot in Cannes, France and later, become the first Singaporean IGDA scholar. Rather than studying, Travis spent his time in school winning game development awards, presiding over student game development organisations and co-founding Touch Dimensions, a game development company.

Travis reached his lifelong goal at last with the Autumn Dynasty series of war games, which achieved modest sales on the AppStore, and now seeks to help others achieve their dreams, by being a GSC mentor!

Expertise: • Programming • Artificial Intelligence/Computer Vision

 

 

 

 

KENNETH MARK YONG
BOARD OF DIRECTOR & PARTNER, GTOKEN
CEO, THE ROYAL UNICORN

Kenneth has 7 years as a Manager with Sincere Watch with a proven track record of producing high sales turnover with customers all over the world. Prior to joining GTOKEN, he was the General Manager of popular restaurant chains like Aston Specialty, Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe and Thai Express. An entrepreneur with proven success in diverse fields, his experience has expanded to include entertainment, F&B, Luxury, e-Commerce and Mobile Gaming.

Within a short span of slightly more than a year, Kenneth has grown the company from a small Singapore start-up to one of the leading mobile games publishing companies with presence ail over the world. Kenneth is a veteran executive with strong experience in managing cross-disciplinary teams and talents. He is passionate about helping start-up businesses grow. As Board of Director and Partner of GTOKEN, Kenneth has taken numerous start-ups under his wings and is still incubating new companies with the hope that they become as successful as the businesses he is currently managing. Also as CEO of The Royal Unicorn he has secured some deals that would propel Singapore made applications to the world. He is also currently COO of Imybags and Founder & CEO of Juzzwatches.

 

 

 

 

JAMES BARNARD
CEO, SPRINGLOADED PTE LTD

James founded Springloaded in 2013, they have worked on mobile and console products the most well known of which would be their f2p game tiny dice dungeon, which has been downloaded 2.5 million times.

James has worked in the industry for over 15 years in multiple roles including design, production and programming, and has worked with companies including EA, Atari and Lucasarts.

Expertise: • Game Design & Programming • Publishing & Negotiation • Project Management

 

 

 

 

 

TAN SIAN YUE
CO-FOUNDER, RATLOOP/ RATLOOP ASIA

Sian Yue Tan is the creator of the Rocketbirds series and is one of the four co-founders of Ratloop/ Ratloop Asia.

In 2010, IGF (Independent Games Festival) would be the first time that Yue and his team have entered a game. Their effort on the Adobe Flash-based game paid off the following year when Rocketbirds: Revolution! received a triple nomination for Excellence in Audio, Excellence in Visual Art and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Sian Yue Tan was well pleased with it. On the topic of the IGF, he experienced his feelings with survivor guilt but didn’t want to sound ungrateful on that comment.

 

 

 

 

RIVAI ADIDHARMA
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, MOL GLOBAL INC

Rivai Adidharma is Senior Vice President of International Business Development at MOL Global Inc, a leading alternate payment provider in the emerging market. The role has provided him with considerable experience in providing payment solution & monetizing platform for international digital media & online games companies looking to monetize in the fast growing and challenging emerging market.

Rivai has worked in the Internet industry since 1995 and was a marketing pioneer at Pacific Internet, the only Nasdaq-listed regional ISP and the first company providing an online games service in Southeast Asia way back in 1997.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHOY WAI CHEONG
CEO, METAPS PTE LTD

Osaka University, Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical & Electronics Engineering.
Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Master’s Degree in Information & System Engineering.

Highly entrepreneurial, passionate, dedicated and result-oriented professional with proven track record in delivering revenue, evangelism, strategic partnerships, international business development, distribution channel setup, product marketing and organizational leadership. Choy possesses a concrete understanding and grasp of the entire mobile marketing ecosystem. A key member of Metaps that contributed to the Series B (US$11 MM) and Series C (US$36 MM) fundings, which eventually led to the company’s IPO in August 2015. Choy joined Metaps in early 2012, making him the first global employee outside of Japan and Metaps has now over 250 people working across 8 different countries.

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