The Scopely team hails from a wide range of backgrounds and career paths. The one thing that we do all share in common though is a passion for gaming. Below you’ll get to meet some of our team members, hear how we first got into the gaming industry, and also learn which 5 video games we consider to be the Greatest of All Time…
I knew in college I wanted a career in gaming. I landed my first gaming job by creating Dice with Buddies and being acquired by Scopely.
- Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Age of Empires 2
- World of Warcraft
- Final Fantasy X
My first job in gaming is Scopely! I’ve worked at two other starts ups before and both were in the telecommunications/internet industry. I wanted to work for a company that was in a cool industry that had a little bit more appeal. When I found out about the HR position at Scopely I was instantly excited. The mobile gaming industry is so brand new and everyone has a smart phone! I’m excited to be part of a developing industry!
- Super Mario Brothers – The Original
- Megaman II – For the original gameboy
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Mario Kart for N64
- Mario Brothers for Wii
I grew up on video games. An unhealthy, intravenous kind of diet. You know, like heroin. Digital bits, swiftly thrusting uppercuts of elongating icicles, the kind from Killer Instinct and the morph master Glacius, griffballs and leaderboards all flowing through my veins. Whole months of my life each year, which could be calculated in “played days” - and yes, that means a full 24 hours of play – were dedicated to besting (pwning) my worthiest adversaries (noobs). My K/D (kill to death ratio) was of paramount importance, and the spaulders shouldered by my fierce orc warrior were an absolute source of pride. My insatiable appetite for bit twiddling lasted nearly two decades, commencing with Mario Teaches Typing and Doom, segueing gracefully through my pubescent Halo years and, so tragically, ending with World of Warcraft. Now all I’ve got time for is an attack or two per day in Clash of Clans; man, how life changes.
Computers have also always been part of my life. But, I’ll admit, I never had any interest in calculus beyond high school and dreaded computer science courses. It just wasn’t for me. Writing, on the other hand, seemed to come naturally. By some haphazard sequence of events I landed in recruiting – a job that somehow tied together my love, interest and knowledge surrounding technology, with my command of language, writing and sales. I spent some time in the agency recruiting setting, then moved on to Amazon, but found that my passion for Amazon’s business was lacking.
That’s when Scopely came calling. What better place to leverage my skills and sate my passion for gaming? Now I get to speak with candidates that tell me all about their Elven Priestesses and Troll Dark Knights, their tier 15 (what number are they on anyway??) spaulders, and the time they c-c-c-c-c-combo breakered Glacius. They even share stories of that one time they 1-shot no-scoped 26 different contenders in, of all places, the Ivory Tower. (OMG!) League of Legends at night, expensing my IAP purchases for the sake of “research,” and a group of like minded super 1337 nerds. Sign. Me. Up. :D
- World of Warcraft
- Geometry Wars Evolved
- Halo (1,2 & 3)
- Super Smash Bros
I’ve always wanted to be a part of the gaming industry but didn’t think it was going to be a reality due my location (D.C.). When I moved to Los Angeles and saw an opportunity to join Scopely I had to.
- Street Fighter – Overall longevity and consistency.
- Metal Gear Solid (Snake Eater) – This game had the oddest mechanic, you have to eat. Made the game fun on a whole new level.
- Sonic the Hedgehog – Seriously? Play it.
- Super Mario Bros – Changed an entire genre.
- Pac Man – This game owned the Arcades for decades. #nuffsaid
In middle school, I had the dream of being a video game tester. But then my dreams were crushed when I read an article on Nintendo Mag on how being a video game tester was a lot of hard work and wasn’t all fun and games.
It wasn’t until 2012 when I decided to leave my job and to pursue mobile game development with my girlfriend. I was in a startup incubator at the time, and I met a lot of entrepreneurs who really inspired me to follow what I truly enjoyed the most. I decided to give game development a shot and it wasn’t long until I knew this is what I wanted to do.
- Final Fantasy III
- Final Fantasy VIII
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
- Super Smash Bros. Melee