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Benedikt Grindel, Head of Live Operations at Ubisoft Blue Byte talks to Game Careers

Benedikt Grindel, Head of Live Operations at Ubisoft Blue Byte talks to David Smith of Interactive Selection and Game Careers at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. After acquiring a masters degree in mathematics with business as a minor and starting his job career at a carpet manufacturer, Benedikt Grindel found out that you cannot just play computer and video games, you can even earn a living with them. In 1998 he joined the German subsidiary of French-based publisher Ubisoft Entertainment. After two years in marketing and one year in business development, Benedikt decided in 2001 to change from selling games to making them: He moved to the creative development force as producer of the most prestigious German interactive entertainment brand, “The Settlers” (more than six million units sold) at Ubisoft’s daughter company Blue Byte. Under his responsibility, nine titles have been produced and released worldwide. In 2010, his team has released the critically acclaimed “The Settlers 7 – Paths to a Kingdom”. Today, he is both responsible for the Live Operation of Ubisoft Blue Byte’s online games and for the development of an unannounced title. His advice for those thinking of getting into the games industry: “Tell us why you want to do games…to do games has to have some passion. Bring that across a lot in your application. What we see a lot is people saying they want to do games, but then they don’t show it in their writing. Send us a game that you have done, do a game. And then of course be very complete in your application, don’t make any grammatical mistakes, its standard stuff, not that difficult.” See the full clip here:

 

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