Tommy Palm

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Tommy Palm
Tommy Palm presenting at GDC 2013.jpg
Born1973 (age 44–45)
Stockholm, Sweden
ResidenceStockholm
NationalitySwedish
CitizenshipSwedish
OccupationCEO
EmployerResolution Games
Known forGame Designer & Entrepreneur

Tommy Palm is a Swedish entrepreneur and game designer. He is currently the CEO of Resolution Games and one of the people behind Candy Crush Saga.

Background[edit]

Palm first learned to program games for the Commodore 64 home computer in 1986 with Martin Vilcans.[1] [2]

Career[edit]

In early 2015 Palm officially launched his Resolution Games virtual reality gaming studio and became the CEO.[3] The new business is based in Stockholm and currently employs three – Palm, Martin Vilcans and Carl-Arvid Ewerbring. This is the fifth company that Palm has helped to set up.[4][5] Prior to this, Palm was the spokesperson and games guru for King. It went public at $6 billion on the strength of their success with Candy Crush Saga. Prior to this, he was the founder of the mobile game maker Fabrication Games. He also founded Jadestone, the Game Trail, and the Swedish game accelerator Stugan.[1]

Non-profit work[edit]

Palm founded an accelerator called Stugan (or cabin in English). He is inviting 20 aspiring developers to spend two summer months in a cabin in the Swedish woods during the summer of 2015 to work on their upcoming games. During this non-profit initiative the young developers will also learn the tricks of marketing, business models and entrepreneurship.[6] Other mentors and workshop leaders who will be part of Stugan include: Jens Bergensten (lead developer, Minecraft); Oskar Burman (GM, Rovio Stockholm); Christofer Sundberg (creative director, Avalanche Studios); Paul Bragiel (managing partner and co-founder of I/O Ventures); and Alexander Ekvall (director of product, King).[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Takahashi, Dean. "Candy Crush Saga guru Tommy Palm launches Resolution Games as virtual reality studio". Venture Beat. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  2. ^ Palm, Tommy. "Ncell App Camp". Retrieved 15 Nov 2014.
  3. ^ Judge, Alysia. "Tommy Palm's vision for Stugan game accelerator". Pocketgamer.biz. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  4. ^ Handrahan, Matthew. "King's Tommy Palm leaves for new venture". GamesIndustry.Biz. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  5. ^ Parfitt, Ben. "Tommy Palm is leaving Candy Crush Saga maker King". MCV. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  6. ^ Judge, Alysia. "Tommy Palm's vision for Stugan game accelerator". Pocketgamer.biz Stugan. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  7. ^ Judge, Alysia. "Minecraft, King, and Rovio execs step up to mentor Stugan accelerator". Pocketgamer.biz deadline. Retrieved 5 May 2015.