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Jake Birkett

Jake Birkett


  • Grey Alien Games


  • Big Fish Games

In 2005, after nearly a decade of developing stock control and accounting systems for bookshops in the UK, Jake formed his own company in a bid to realise a lifelong dream to make games. Five years later he now works for Big Fish Games in Yaletown and has six casual games under his belt including the top-selling Fairway Solitaire and Unwell Mel download titles. Currently he is part of the team that released My Tribe on Facebook.

Having been both an Independent developer and an employee in the casual game industry Jake can offer his perspective of these different approaches and is knowledgeable about running a business. Due to the small manageable nature of downloadable casual games (they typically take 6-12 months to make with only a handful of team members), Jake has experience with every stage of the development process from design and implementation to testing and localisation.

Like many 30-somethings Jake have been playing games all his life and loves to put his experience to good use by making great fun casual games. As well as brainstorming new ideas with other designers he enjoys honing the fine details to give games that all-important polished feel.