Crypto: He Has Third Largest ICO Ever With $53m Raised

Sergey Sholom

In Episode #770, Nathan interviews Sergey Sholom. As a teenager, he was a championship-level gamer and created the first large gamer group called S-port Tournaments in Russia for Quake. After getting his PhD in mathematical modeling, Sergey founded Datcroft Games LTD in 2004. Over the past 13 years, the company has developed multiple worldwide popular games with millions of users. He continues to oversee a company with over a hundred employees and continues to bring new cutting edge games to the market. Their latest game called Pixel Wars which will be released in the summer of 2017, has already received critical acclaim and will become the game changer in mobile eSport.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Virgin
  • What CEO do you follow? – N/A
  • Favorite online tool? — Apple Products
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 4-5
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Push more”

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 04:03 – The company was launched in 2004
  • 04:29 – The make free games that sell virtual items—that’s where the company gets its revenue
    • 04:43 – Around 5% of players buy virtual items
    • 05:20 – Sergey had no revenue for the first 2 years of his company
    • 05:58 – Sergey supported himself from other businesses
  • 06:01 – His newest game has been in development for more than 2 years
  • 06:13 – The team has 150 people with offices in 4 countries
    • 07:34 – Datcroft Games had an 8-digit revenue in 2016
  • 09:00 – Cryptocurrency helped Gamecredits to monetize their audience
    • 09:20 – Sergey wants to prove game developers that more revenue can come from crypto
  • 10:05 – Gamecredits is preparing to enter the Indian market
  • 10:46 – Sergey believes that Apple promoting your game is just an extra advantage
  • 11:35 – The number of followers that the Gamecredits store has
  • 12:05 – Gamecredits is using its existing coin which has been on the market for 3 years already
    • 12:34 – Gamecredits has been running the most successful crowd sale in the market
    • 13:19 – Gamecredits will put 26.5 M crypto in marketing
  • 14:17 – Sergey will have a way to exchange their coin in dollars
  • 14:43 – Different cryptocurrencies are being put in Gamecredits
  • 15:11 – Sergey is proud that they’re able to run a real crowd sale with almost 10K crypto investors
    • 15:23 – Not all ICOs are able to do that
  • 15:34 – Gamecredits was able to raise capital from 4 tokens including bitcoin, ethereum, waves and gamecredits
  • 16:05 – Gamecredits current tokens are mobilego tokens and their own gamecredits token
  • 16:51 – The market is tremendous and the future community will be much bigger
    • 17:46 – Apple and Google are for profit companies and Gamecredits is a non-profit
  • 20:00 – The Famous Five

3 Key Points:

  1. It’s possible for a gaming platform to penetrate the cryptocurrency market.
  2. The cryptocurrency market has been growing significantly, increasing opportunities for different investments.
  3. As a non-profit business, your focus needs to be on the change you can create, not the contributions you can earn.

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