Gaming Investments, the topic of Episode 28. His name is Aðalsteinn Óttarsson, but his friends are calling him; “Alli”. He is an investor in the gaming industry. He has been in leading positions in companies like CCP Games and Riot Games. We talk about the investment in gaming, landscape, the pitchdecks, future of gaming and what is he playing himself.
He describes himself as a transformation leader with 18 years of game development experience as Director, Producer and Programmer. In his past roles he has lead large organizational changes to accelerate the delivery of two iconic video games in the gaming industry – EVE Online and League of Legends.
As a fan of Eve Online, this was a fun interview!
At Riot Aðalsteinn Óttarsson recruited and managed a large team of Game Development Mangers across both League of Legends and the R&D efforts which were (and are) focused on putting the “s” in Riot Games. He is known for a large appetite for large scale and hefty challenges, solid and sustainable outcomes, building strong teams, and performing miracles.
Originally from Iceland living in Southern California provides a stark contrast to the icy rock in the North Atlantic Ocean. He has a serious travel bug, a love for music and culinary aspirations.
Two nice did you know facts! He ran a drum’n’bass club and did stadium announcements for the Icelandic national handball team.
Aðalsteinn Óttarsson covered quite some questions I had;
- how is it to investing in gaming;
- how are you looking at pitch decks and founders;
- tips for approaching investors;
- what is your take on the current status of gaming industry (2020 incl Covid) and what are the expectations for 2021 and beyond;
- what was your most interesting investment (can also be a company/studio that didnt make it);
- how is makers fund guiding and coaching gaming entrenpeurs along the way;
- are you a GAMER? And which games do we find on your devices.
Normaly Cris is talking about esports, but he had a super busy week with Career Fest, but he shared a link of a panel I did with him; Fireside Chat – “Emerging Tech: What’s Next for Gaming?” https://youtu.be/YIjvwYJSdZo
Reinout is a games investor and strategic business consultant specializing in the games industry. Reinout established his credentials through his own successful investments, start-ups, consulting and (advisory) board positions that led through time to strong bonds with key stakeholders in this fast paced industry. He is known for his outstanding results in the gaming industry. He has worked with many game studios around the globe and is therefore well known in the international gaming industry.
With over 20+ years of experience, well known publishers, AAA+ game developers, serial gaming entrepreneurs and management teams of gaming corporations consult him on matters that behold financial, technical, operational, strategic and commercial.
I am observing and overseeing several boards of gaming companies. My trademark is to listen, strategize and give feedback to the stakeholders involved. I also represent management/founders towards shareholders and vice versa.