In this segment, we are getting to know the people behind Fireroot Studios.
This time we give the stage to: Joeri Wagner


About me
My name is Joeri Wagner. I am 28 years old and currently live in Wassenaar (which is close to The Hague, for reference.) I have been a part of Fireroot Studios from the start of it all. During the school project we have done I was the producer. Currently, I am the CEO of Fireroot. I am responsible for the global strategy execution and decision making that happens within the studio.

I was about 3 years old when my father first sat me down in front of a computer and started playing my first video game: Jill of the Jungle. Yes indeed, my first video game had a female protagonist! From there, my interest in video games grew into an interest in the game industry. I eventually started to try some game programming. During my programming studies I have worked on gaining knowledge and experience on different domains like project management and game design. 

Games
Nowadays I have a huge backlog I keep track of because there are so many video games that I still want to play! Because of that, what I play varies greatly. Games I have completed this year are Yakuza Kiwami 2, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. Currently, I am playing Baldur’s Gate and Octopath Traveler. Concerning favorite games, I think 2017 was a great year with the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. I am looking forward to the Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Cyberpunk 2077 later this year. Yeah, as you can see I am all over the place. Haha!

Spare Time
Aside from gaming, I like to follow the game industry through twitter and do research on game development and having a game studio. When the weather is good, I like to go out for a good walk. I also like to spend time with the social contacts I have. Friends and family are important! I like going to a good restaurant with the people I know, and Rotterdam has some really good places!

Role
As a CEO, my main focus is to maximize the success and value we can achieve with Fireroot Studios through a planned strategy and good decision making. Currently, I am also working in the game design department, thinking about how the next game should take shape in its gameplay. Finally, I also play a role in the direction the game will take globally.

Through Fireroot we aim to bring you immersive, refreshing experiences as we take this adventure together with you to grow into a great studio. Feel free to connect to our social channels to see how we are doing or join our discord to have a chat with us. It’s great to have you on board.

Thanks for reading my article! 😁