Games in Asia Meetup Thailand: how to build an indie gaming studio


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Running an indie gaming studio is tough. Some succeed, but many fail. It’s the natural death statistics in the world of startups.

How can entrepreneurs (you) grow an indie game studio? How can we reduce entrepreneurs’ failure rate in the gaming startup sector? Can an indie game accelerator help? Can we learn something from a fast-growing indie studio which has at least tasted success?

If these are the questions you have in mind, join our upcoming Games in Asia Meetup in Bangkok on August 26. We have Jakob Lykkegaard, CEO and co-founder at Pocket Playlab and Saiyai Sakawee, co-founder and CMO at MSeed to share some insights on building an indie studios and how an accelerator could help, respectively.

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  • 7.00 to 7.30pm: Registration and networking
  • 7.30 to 7.40pm: Presentation (10 mins): How we grow Pocket Playlab – By Jakob Lykkegaard, CEO and co-founder at Pocket Playlab
  • 7.40 to 7.50pm: Presentation (10 mins): The pros and cons of a game accelerator – By Saiyai Sakawee, co-founder and CMO at MSeed
  • 7.50 to 8.20pm: Discussion and Q&A (30 mins): Tackling the challenges of indie gaming studios – By MSeed and Pocket Playlab
  • 8.20 to 9.00pm: Networking


Playspace @Pocket PlayLab
Bangkok 555/12-15 SSP Tower, Building 1, Floor 10, Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Ekamai). Khlong Tan Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
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Note: If you’re taking a taxi, inform the driver “SSP Tower on Ekkamai between soi 21 & 23.”


Jakob Lykkegaard, CEO and co-founder at Pocket PlayLab
Early on, Jakob decided to quit university and a good job in Denmark so he could move to Thailand instead and start his own business. While in Thailand, he co-founded which provided marketing tools for Facebook and was acquired by Webs Inc. in 2011. Today, Jakob is co-founder of Pocket PlayLab, the biggest independent mobile game developer in the region.

Their latest title “Juice Cubes” was published in partnership with Rovio and has been grossing better than all of their previous titles (including all Angry Birds sequels).

The team has progressed without external funding and grown to over 50 staff. Made up of both Thais and foreigners, Pocket PlayLab represents around 10 different nationalities from its Bangkok office.

Saiyai Sakawee, co-founder and CMO at MSeed
Besides being obsessed with her pug, Saiyai is also a proud self-proclaimed tech nerd. She found a soft spot in her heart for all techy stuff while she was working in a social marketing agency in NYC, after received her Master’s Degree in public relations from New York University.

If you want to get in touch with her just tweet her a dog meme or tech joke to become her new BFF. Today, Saiyai runs MSeed, Thailand’s first startup accelerator for game developers as its co-founder and CMO.

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