Marcin Makaj - video game designer, graduated from the University of Szczecin with two Master's Degrees in Law and Economics. Marcin Makaj has been working in the video games industry since 2011 when he began creating mobile applications for iOS devices. Now he is engaged in creating games at his own one-man studio, The Moonwalls, where he works as a designer, graphic artist and programmer. He is also a lecturer and a doctoral student at the Faculty of Painting and New Media of the Academy of Arts in Szczecin, where he teaches video game designing courses.
Marcin Makaj balances on the edge of traditional games and art, experimenting with form and message. He believes that video games can offer more than only entertainment. His most important production – Bohemian Killing – combines the features of a traditional video game with a legal thriller resembling the works of John Grisham. The game received various awards (including the Best Story award at the 2016 Pixel Awards and a nomination in the Best Desktop/Downloadable category at the Game Connection Development Awards). It was showcased all around the world (Pixel Heaven in Warsaw, Gamescom in Cologne, the Tokyo Game Show in Tokyo, INDIGO in Amsterdam, the Out of Index Experimental Game Fest in Seoul, Fan Expo Canada in Toronto and Game Connection Europe in Paris). His next game, Commander 85, has also been well-received and is being funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the 2017 Creative Sectors Development program.
Marcin Makaj regularly participates in industry events. He received a scholarship from the Indie Games Poland Foundation at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, gave various lectures (including one in the Przegrani program, during the Game Industry Conference and the Mastering the Game conference of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage) and has taught children at a private art school in South Korea. Furthermore, Marcin Makaj was one of the fifteen candidates in the Digital Culture category at the 2016 Polityka Passports Awards.