From hardcore fans to business man(s) with Playism and Iron Galaxy

Sup Holmes every Sunday at 2:30pm EST!

[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great video games. It airs live every Sunday afternoon on YouTube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.]

Recently on Sup Holmes were were lucky to chat with two huge fans of relatively niche game genres that have managed to parlay that passion into lucrative positions in the game industry. First is Nayan Ramachandran of Playism, who has channeled his life-long love of Japanese culture and games into a career, first in marketing and localization, and now in actual from-the-ground-up game development. We talked to Nayan about working with legendary game developers like Daisuke ‘Pixel’ Amaya (Cave Story, Kero Blaster), how games that may be considered ‘exclusionary to women’ in the United States are not necessarily received that way in Japan, and a lot more. 

We also had the opportunity to speak with Alex Jebailey, famed fighting game tournament producer, Divekick! cast member, and community manager at Iron Galaxy. Alex was able to hint to us about the Halo crossover with Killer Instinct which at that time was a pretty big secret, but had to stay tight lipped about the details. He was much more verbose in discussing the current culture in the fighting game community, what it takes to make it as a professional in the industry, his hopes and fears for the future of Street Fighter V, and a lot more. 

Thanks so much to Alex and Nayan for being on the show, and be sure to tune in today at 2:30pm EST when we welcome Fangamer’s Heidi Mandelin, Tony Kuchar, and Dan Moore to the show. 

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes