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Ahmed Abdullah

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I grew up with a strong interest in video games.
I followed in my brother’s footsteps and went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for computer science.
After graduating, I got a job as a software engineer and worked my way up to a senior solutions consultant in tech sales.
While working in tech sales, my brother and I were designing our video game on the side.
After about a decade of working both jobs, I wanted to transition to game design full time and was able to convince my brother to do so after attending a gaming convention.
My brother and I co-founded Decoy Games and are now full-time indie game developers.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Computer Science
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Career

Co-founder & CEO

I am an indie game developer and I co-own the game studio Decoy Games.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Design
Building Things

Day to Day

I start my day by looking over the task board with my brother and then tackling each task that needs to get done that day. We also make sure to realign ourselves with our goals, especially during development periods. Development involves a lot of coding and art design. As we work, we’ll sync up throughout the day to make sure we’re both on track. We also spend time managing our community through social media. If a convention is coming up, we’ll spend time organizing equipment and getting ready.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Networking and presentation skills have been huge assets for me. It's important to know how to leverage your network and be able to present your plan in order to gain support.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

If you want to get into video game design, just start now. There are so many online tools you can utilize to start teaching yourself without even going into formal training yet. Even just coming up with a name for your video game is a start. Come up with a plan, jump in, and start doing it.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

School Stress

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