For the past 12 months, I've been working for GameMix, an HTML5 game company based in Pasadena, CA. Unfortunately, US immigration laws were not on my side and I have to leave California and go back to school in France. Though, my stay at GameMix has really been a blast and I hope to be able to come back to work with the team again.
That's it for the sad part. Now, I would like to take some time to look back at what I have accomplished during this time.
For several months, I have worked on the GameMix product itself. The main thing I have accomplished was to design the new experience, that I introduced in a previous article. GameMix allows you to play many HTML5 games instantly without having to look for them. Just hit the next button.
Of course, I have worked on other aspects of the platform. For instance, I have designed the algorithms that learns from players in order to associate games with each other, and to be able to better choose for the next users.
I also created the native Android version using Cordova.
These are the games I had to make (my personal favorite being AstroAlpaca :-p ):
Making these games has allowed me to gain a lot of experience in HTML5 game development, but they also allowed me to see it from a different point of view. Indeed, I make game for Tap2Play.io for fun, but for the past 12 months I was able to make them for business purposes mainly, and therefore to work with a team composed of a designer, a business developer, and a CEO.
Though I brought my expertise on the technology and the market, as well as getting new technical skills, I was able to have a significant impact on the company's decisions. I was also able to gain a lot of experience in business development, which I consider to be at least as important as the rest.
Anyway, thanks GameMix for these awesome 12 months. As one of my favorite actors said: I'll be back!
In the next article I will talk about my current projects. I have a couple of games that I'm currently making, I hope you will like them. You can check my Twitter account if you want to grab a few screenshots.