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I Am Vikash Jaiswal, Creator Of Ludo King, And This Is How I Work

I Am Vikash Jaiswal, Creator Of Ludo King, And This Is How I Work

Many a dreams die an untimely death enroute childhood to adulthood. The ones that survive hold a good potential to make history. And such is the case of Vikash Jaiswal, who held on to his love for video games until he made one himself - one which bagged the coveted first spot in the Top Free Games section of both, Google Play Store and iOS, and continues to do so. Yes, we are talking about Ludo King, a modernized mobile version of the much loved board game Ludo. The game has total downloads of over 50 million, with an average 6 million people playing each day and continues to reign mobile app stores. Vikash tells Lifehacker why and how he pursued his interest in gaming, despite being told board games are a thing of the past and he had a meagre chance to succeed with his dream to make a mobile version of Ludo.

Location : Mumbai
Current Gig : CEO and Founder of Gametion - creator of Ludo King
One word that best describes how you work : Hectic
Current mobile device : Samsung Note 3
Current computer : Dell Inspiron 17

  • Tell us about your journey and how did you get where you have?
I completed my Bachelors of Engineering (BE) in Computer Science in 2004. However, since childhood I had always been interested in video games, especially games such as Mario, Contra, and Road Fighter. In fact in 2003, as part of a college project I developed a game, called Eggy Boy. While it was one of the first games I had developed, it was selected to be released by PC Quest Magazine. It was even named 'Game of the Month'. That validated and further cemented my love for video games.

After working as a Game Designer for a couple of years, I was no longer fulfilled by designing games for someone else. Instead, I decided that I wanted to start my own company. That is how Gametion came about. We started developing and launching a few games, however none of them really took off. It was Ludo King that really put us on the map. It is now the No. 1 game in the Top Free Section of both Google Play and iOS.

  • What apps/software/tools can't you live without?
I don't really let myself get depended on anything. That being said, the apps that I most end up using are Twitter, Times of India, and Netflix. In fact, I think Netflix is probably my favourite.

  • What's your workspace setup like?
Minimalistic. I try to keep my desk area clear of anything that I don't require. I feel like it just distracts you from the task at hand.

  • What's your best time-saving shortcut/life hack?
While this has been said to death, it is to create a To-do list. It really helps you focus on things that need to be done, so that you don't end up wasting time on things that aren't important. Also a to-do list can be never ending, hence, I always highlight three to four things that take priority over everything else and must be completed that day. So that at the end of the day, I know that while my to-do list is still full, I did complete what I needed to today.

  • What's your favorite to-do list manager?
There are a number of apps out there that aim to help you manage your to-do list, but I am a bit traditional, hence I stick with the good old pen and paper. I feel like most apps tend to have too many bells and whistles that distract from its original purpose. Plus I need to see my to-do list in front of me at all time; it serves as a constant reminder of what needs to be done.

  • Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without and why?
It may sound weird but it's my SmartTV. It is my guilty pleasure, whenever I feel overwhelmed by work, or just feel like I need a break. I plop myself in front of the TV, tune into Netflix and lose myself in a good movie or a documentary.

  • What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?
I would like to say determination, though some might say stubbornness. When I know what I want, I'll do anything to get it and to make it happen. It doesn't matter who or what is in my way, or how long it will take, but I know that in the end I'll make it happen.

  • Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?
I am an introvert through and through. There are so many people who speak a lot but rarely say anything. I'm a man of few words, but I think you should make those words count.

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  • What's your sleep routine like?
I believe in getting a full night's rest, hence I sleep for 7 to 8 hours a night, though honestly, there are times when that is just not possible.

  • What's the best advice you've ever received?
I don't recollect where I picked it up, but it's to 'be the man you want to be, and not what others expect you to be.' It is solely due to this that I am where I am, if I had been what others wanted me to I would be running a small store rather than a company.

Also, to surround yourself with people who support you; I am where I am because of the support of my mother and brother, as well as my wife, Soni Jaiswal. If it weren't for them, who knows where I would be.

  • How do you recharge when you feel exhausted after managing all the responsibilities at work?
Playing with my kids; they have so much energy that that they make me forget how tired I am. It is also them and their innocence that grounds me and is a constant reminder of what is really important is life; them. Because my company and work will always be there, but I will never get back their childhood.

  • Is there anything else you'd like to add that might be interesting to readers?
Follow your dreams and not allow others to crush them; I am where I am because I did. I wanted to make an app and I dreamt that it will reach No. 1 and it did. Nobody believed that Ludo King would be popular, they kept saying 'who plays Ludo today, anyway.' Apparently, millions of people do.

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The How I Work series asks heroes, experts, and flat-out productive people to share their shortcuts, workspaces, routines, and more. Have someone you want to see featured, or questions you think we should ask? Email Ishita.

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