Hyper Curious

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Summary

If you think it's too late in life to change vocation, Maria Sayans will show you it isn’t. Maria came to the world of gaming later in life and is now the CEO of ustwo games. She shares with listeners her journey and advice for anyone keen to follow in her footsteps.

Key takeaways:
How to find your path
The mindset you need to work in the games industry
Good questions lead you to good decisions
The importance of education in order to build strategic thinking
Why she’s curious about embodied cognition

Show Notes

If you’re wondering if it’s too late in life to change vocation, today’s guest will show you it isn't. 

“I'm somebody who came to the games industry a little bit late. Even though I've been in it now for 20 years, I've always felt a little bit like an outsider looking in.”

Maria Sayans has been helping games companies succeed in the digital space, build great brands, launch games and engage players for nearly two decades. Oh, and she’s the CEO of ustwo games - that’s not a bad achievement for an outsider!

“Our vision is to bring what's meaningful about games to everyone - making beautiful games that touch the soul of millions of players.”

In this latest episode of Hyper Curious, Maria shares her journey from consultancy to CEO, the soul searching she had to do to get her onto her current path and her advice for listeners just beginning to foray into marketing and the games industry. 

“I have so much hope for the industry and for what games can do for the world. Keep that positive spirit; I know everything is kind of falling apart around us but it really isn't. Humans have a lot more strength and positivity and hope in them than we often give them credit for.”

On today’s podcast:
  • How to find your path
  • The mindset you need to work in the games industry
  • Good questions lead you to good decisions
  • The importance of education in order to build strategic thinking
  • Why she’s curious about embodied cognition
  • Why her superpower would be to make parenting easier

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What is Hyper Curious?

For the change-makers, explorers and entrepreneurs by heart or practice, Hyper Curious podcast is a celebration of what’s best in human beings: OUR CURIOSITY.

Get ready to change your perception of what it means to be an 'overnight success'. Here you will listen to the most intriguing U-turns and A-ha moments of our guests, and how embracing changes (rather than fearing it) keeps them curious and evolving.

Your host is Beta Lucca, a successful BAFTA-winning entrepreneur and Forbes Top 50 Women in Tech who has failed, succeeded, and built a multimillion-dollar gaming business. Beta brings her upbeat energy, bold attitude and multipotentialite mindset to interview your favourite authors, poets, philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, founders and artists.

If you don’t know them already, you definitely will now!

Listening to these incredible human beings is the perfect start of your day. One that will provoke you to think differently, laterally, upside down, and offer you new fresh perspectives to help you act boldly. You’ll finish each episode feeling energised, inspired and empowered to reinvent your world and reinvent yourself.

For more information, visit http://hypercurious.fm