Bobby Thandi

Bobby Thandi

XR Games

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Bobby is the Founder and CEO at XR Games; a multi award-winning virtual reality (VR) game development studio with over 100 members of staff. Working closely with AAA game studios, movie studios, and IP holders to bring licences to life in VR, XR Games also works with the world’s largest publishers and hardware manufacturers such as Meta, PlayStation & Microsoft. 

Since 2021 XR Games has been rapidly scaling off the back of the hit game ‘Zombieland: Headshot Fever’; and in under two years it's gone from 20 members of staff to more than 100. 

Bobby himself has won an array of awards, including ‘Technology Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the 2023 Great British Entrepreneur Awards, ‘Creative Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the 2022 Great British Entrepreneur Awards, ‘Top 50 City Region Leader’ at the 2022 Northern Leadership Awards, as well as being an ‘EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award’ finalist.

Bobby Thandi is speaking at the following session/s

How To Create A Games Studio In 10 Easy Steps (With Some Hard Lessons Along The Way)

4:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 6

Attendees will learn about his journey into game development; from selling Commodore Amiga games in the school playground to becoming the driving force behind one of the UK's fastest-growing VR games studios.

This talk uncovers the key lessons and insights from Bobby's entrepreneurial journey so far, including working from age 8 on his father's market stall - which not only instilled a strong work ethic, but also taught him the importance of communication - engaging with your audience, grit, determination and entrepreneurship.

Bobby Thandi's journey from working on his father's market stall to leading a successful VR games studio and working on multiple AAA titles with big studios epitomises the power of embracing one's past, combining work and passion, seizing opportunities, and persevering through adversities.

Session Takeaway

Attendees will gain a thorough understanding of what is required to succeed when setting up an indie studio in 2024:

  • Learn how to identify a unique and compelling vision
  • How to assemble the right team
  • What to look for in investors
  • How to scale for success

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