In this segment, we are getting to know the people behind Fireroot Studios.
This time we give the stage to: Roy Sijnesael
Hey ya’ll! My name is Roy Sijnesael and I have been part of Fireroot since the beginning. While creating Rogue Reaper, I was part of our development team, but right now I am also working on game design, granting me the title of Technical Game Designer.
My first experience with games was with my older brother, who had a Nintendo 64 and a Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive here in Europe), which both had classic games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario Kart, Mario Party 2, but also lesser know games like Decap Attack and so on. When I was about 5 or 6 years old, I got my very own PlayStation 2 with a demo disc and a copy of Rayman Revolution. Since my childhood was influenced so much by games, I have always wanted to work in the game industry.
Being a kid, getting new games wasn’t always as easy as it is today, but lucky for me, our public library had a big section where you could borrow all kinds of games for a week. This is where I borrowed a game that would stick with me until now: Kingdom Hearts. I remember borrowing it multiple times because I wanted to keep playing it. I got the sequel for Christmas some years later, and freaked out so hard I hit my head against a cabinet. My love for Kingdom Hearts hasn’t faded for the slightest, even with its current complicated mess of a story.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t like playing other games of course! I love to spend hours in well-crafted single player games like Spider-Man, God of War, or Ratchet and Clank.
During my spare time, outside of gaming, I like to cook, hang out with friends, go the cinema, and travel with my girlfriend: My picture is living proof, when I was in Kyoto, Japan, I had to take a picture with Nintendo HQ!
Oh, and have I mentioned my two cats yet? No? Well, they require a lot of attention as well.
My role at Fireroot right now isn’t that easy to describe. I am kind of all over the place, I work as a programmer, as well as a designer, being the link between those teams, while also being a self-proclaimed office manager, making sure everyone is enthusiastic and happy.