RYAN BELDESSI
R.BELDESSI@GMAIL.COM
250.893.3845

EXPERIENCE & PROJECTS

Founder, Programming & Design - North Coast

Victoria, BC — May 2016 - Present
http://northcoastgames.com

After completing my degree I started a company to pursue bringing my music game Outrunner and music information retrieval tool UniMIR to market.

Duties

  • Design and program all projects including UniMIR (a music information retrieval tool for Unity) and North Coast's action music game Outrunner.

  • Seek out business and funding opportunities.

Lead Unity Developer - Ametsa Media

Victoria, BC — October 2018 - January 2019
https://ametsamedia.com/

I worked as a contracted programmer on a still unreleased children’s book application. My work involved constructing a system for saving user data, dynamically replacing book assets (text, sprites) based on user data, advising on design decisions, and determining technical specifications for and optimizing art. I also mentored and reviewed the work of junior developers.

Duties

  • Implement UI, gameplay, animations, and data structures for saving.

  • Determine technical specifications for art assets.

  • Provide advice on gameplay and UI design.

Programmer - Pretty Weird Games

Victoria, BC — June 2017 - April 2018

I worked as a contracted programmer on Pretty Weird’s unannounced debut strategy title. I can’t go into many details because of my NDA, but I advised on design decisions, and was responsible for all of the programming up to this point. My work involves me working with the Unity serializer, writing Unity editor extensions, designing and creating tools for designers, and writing code that can manage thousands of simultaneous game objects.

Duties

  • Implement UI, gameplay, and design tools.

  • Determine technical specifications for art assets.

  • Provide advice on gameplay and UI design.

Lead Programmer - 88 Digital

Toronto, Ontario — November 2016 - May 2017
http://88digital.io

I worked part time as a contracted programmer on 88 Digital's debut mobile title Sugar. My job consisted of more than programming though; it was up to me to determine technical requirements of assets, advise on design decisions such as the choice to add obstacles, and in general provide guidance on how to launch an app (what needs to be prepared for cert, what features need to be included in apps with IAP, content update cycle, etc.).

Duties

  • Implement the UI and game play.

  • Determine technical specifications for art assets.

  • Program animations.

  • Provide advice on design and additional features, for example cloud saves to persist character purchases across devices when using the in game currency.

  • Schedule post-release updates to optimize visibility.

  • Integrate native code libraries and SDKs for features such as Cloud Kit and Google Play Games Services.

Lead Design & Programming - Double Jump (formerly Dockyard Games)

Victoria, British Columbia — April 2014 - October 2014
http://doublejump.com

During my time at Double Jump I essentially worked as a one man development team. I would design games and take them from concept to release almost entirely without help because of the tiny size of the company. I wrote 100% of the code for my projects, concepted artwork myself, and wrote the marketing materials myself. While at Dockyard Games I designed and developed the mobile hit Grappling Garry which has over half a million downloads and estimated worth of $150,000 USD.

Duties

  • Design mobile games from scratch including mechanics, characters, concepting art, designing UIs, and naming the game.

  • Program games and systems in C# with Unity.

  • Write native code for Android and iOS platforms.

  • Write marketing materials for the games.

EDUCATION

BSc. in Computer Sciences, University of Victoria

September 2010 - April 2016

Notable areas of study included:

  • Networking

  • Database design & relational algebra

  • 2D & 3D graphics

  • Simulations

  • Concurrency

  • Machine learning

  • Music information retrieval

  • Product design

  • Project management

SKILLS & INTERESTS

  • Experienced with different languages and environments, notably C#, Python, and Java.

  • Experienced with version control tools like Git.

  • Comfortable in both Windows and Unix environments.

  • Interested in game design and development with an emphasis on music and virtual reality games.