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Mario can lay the claim to being the father of the local game development scene, having set up shop at the end of the last century.
With almost everyone carrying a computer around in their pockets these days, video games have well and truly gone mainstream. More of us than ever are spending our down time crushing candy, flicking goals or mowing down zombie hordes.
Mario Wynands and his company PikPok, which creates video games for mobile as well as PC and consoles, have been riding this wave of popularity for some time. Wynands can lay claim to being the father of the local game development scene, having set up shop at the end of the last century, but it’s recently that PikPok has really hit its stride with some big commercial and critical releases - the latest launched in 22 languages globally, and already downloaded more than 15 million times.
Mario says PikPok is currently delivering its best creative work ever, and he hopes it will continue to evolve with technology, remaining at the forefront of new channels, platforms and distribution models in the next few years.
Looking further ahead is challenging in such a fast-paced industry, although Mario has some pretty good ideas. He plans to stay at the meeting point of digital, entertainment and social, where some exciting new opportunities are likely to emerge.