The EON Guardians team is excited to introduce Mike Garrido, who has joined the team as a Technical Advisor. The following is a Q&A interview for our community to get to know him in his own words:
Let’s start with introductions, tell us about yourself! What’s your professional background?
I started as a web developer for various LA startups from 2010-2012. Then I specialized as a Web game client & live ops portal developer atScopely from 2012-2013. Wanting more experience in making video games, I co-founded Prizm Labs to port board games to local multiplayer mobile/PC and led product from 2013-2017. After a co-founder breakup, I decided to help other companies through MarTech consulting & solutions engineering at various SaaS companies from 2017-2022. Then with the proliferation of blockchain/web3 startups, I worked more closely with game developers again as a Solutions Architect at Forte from 2022-2023.
How did you get into the game industry?
I shipped my first free-to-play game at Scopely as a lead developer of the Facebook game version of Dice With Buddies.
What’s been your involvement with web3 games?
The first web3 game I played was Axie Infinity. A friend of mine wanted to understand how to run a scholarship program. I met some friends who were trying to do the competitive ladder, and that led to talking more about web3 games and making them. At Forte, I helped SuperTeam Games integrate NFTs and publish STG Football on the Epic Games Store.
Getting to the fun stuff, how did you first get into the TCG/CCG genre of games?
I started playing YuGiOh TCG in middle school and spent the most money on a double-sleeved Chaos Emperor Dragon deck. Then I discovered Magic: The Gathering at a club in high school.
What are some of your favorite CCGs (either current or past)? And why?
- MTG: a way to have fun with hometown friends playing in pre-release events at local game shops. Playing EDH or legacy cube at home with friends
- Legends of Runeterra: I played since open beta, and love to see how champions & lore from League of Legends is translated to CCG genre. I enjoy the generous F2P progression rewards & live ops support from the development team.
- Duelyst: I loved the innovative flavor of tactical combat + CCG. I also liked the daily single-player puzzle challenges.