Mike Ionita — Founder of Cruz Games Design

Mike Ionita has loved animation for as long as he can remember. From watching Tom & Jerry as a child to playing Street Fighter II as a teenager, Mike Ionita never imagined that he would one day find and lead a video game design studio. Growing up in the rainforest climate of Vancouver, British Columbia, Mike Ionita was always inspired by his surroundings. When he was not busy exploring the forests of Stanley Park, Mike was playing video games with his friends or catching the latest episode of The Simpsons. Mike Ionita considers himself lucky, as he was always encouraged by his parents to explore his passions and interests, even when it came to video games. When sketching turned into digital painting, and digital painting turned into animation, Mike Ionita knew he had found something he loved.

Attending Vancouver Film School, Mike Ionita excelled in his studies and got hired right after graduation. While working for multiple animation studios around Vancouver, Mike started producing his own storylines and content. Enthralled by this new sense of freedom, Mike Ionita founded Crux Game Design. Crux Game Design produces video games for clients, as well as original content exclusive to their growing online community. With their first game being downloaded over 250,000 times within the first week, Mike Ionita and Crux Game Designs show no signs of slowing down.

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Key Learnings:

  • If you’re going to be successful, you need a road map
  • Find time to disconnect from technology

Originally published at https://ideamensch.com on August 11, 2020.

Founder of Crux Game Design | Vancouver, BC |