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How a 16-year-old kid built his dream video game company with no money

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David Eisman is a 16-year-old high school sophomore and the founder CEO of video game company Pixelman Productions, which was founded in January.

He’s not the typical kid programmer. In fact, he’s barely a programmer at all, he says (he knows some C#). He considers himself a businessman.

But that hasn’t stopped him from going after his dream: to work in the video game industry.

“I always wanted an internship at a video game company, but no one would ever hire me. They said I needed experience and I had to have built a video game already. So I decided to skip that step entirely of trying to get into a company and just make my own,” he said.

Eisman also has a famous dad: money-man hedge fund manager Steve Eisman, the guy played by Steve Carell in the movie “The Big Short”.  

Having a wealthy dad gave Eisman access to a lot of free advice on how to work with and manage people, but alas, no cash. His dad hasn’t invested in his startup.

That didn’t stop him either

“So I went to the internet. I went on every single video game site and forum known to man, and I started posting ads,” he said.

The recruiting ads said he was starting a new video game company and that people would be paid via revenue sharing.

A lot of people told him he was crazy. But others were intrigued. He got 30 applicants. He’s hired 12 people so far, he says.

“I hired two programmers, artists, a writer, a marketing team from Poland and two music composers. The youngest person is 18 and the oldest is 35, from Pakistan. It’s an international team. My dad helped me with the contracts,” he says.

“You’d be surprised at how many people are willing to work on video game projects for free,” he says.

An unusual video game

As you might expect from this unusual CEO, Eisman’s game isn’t typical either.

Mirka protagonist Liza

It’s a walking simulator game. These are a relatively new form of first-person game where you walk around the world and just using the clues you can see or hear (and sometimes involving your character’s supernatural powers), you solve puzzles or crimes. 

Pixelman Productions’ game is called Mirka, which means “wild man,” he tells us.

Source: Business Insider



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