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The importance of leadership and business know-how when creating a successful games company

Walid El Cheikh explains all

The importance of leadership and business know-how when creating a successful games company

At Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2016, Walid El Cheikh, Program Manager at Aalto University Executive Education, gave a talk on the importance of leadership when building a games company.

He started by identifying the three things that make Finland strive – Sisu, "being better than Swedes", and education.

Strong leaders, strong games

"I personally believe that strong leaders build better games," said El Cheikh, advertising the Game Executive Program the university teaches to improve leadership skills and business know-how.

"The games that succeed always have a good strategy," he continued, saying that games need a good business strategy, and that leaders need the ability to let creative people be creative.

You can see all our videos from Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2016 in this YouTube playlist.


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Ric is the Editor of PocketGamer.biz, having started out as a Staff Writer on the site back in 2015. He received an honourable mention in both the MCV and Develop 30 Under 30 lists in 2016 and refuses to let anyone forget about it.

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