Gamester, based in Istanbul is one of the first gaming start-ups of Turkey, founded in late 2009.
We love, develop and market online games with our young, passionate and talented team of gamester boys and girls.
Since the beginning, our philosophy guides us to make it all work: Having fun while developing our next flagship; creating games that we love to play and proud of; and building a super team chemisty with no bureaucracy, no hierarchy and no restrictions.
Since 2009, we are developing our own games independently and creatively. We aim to offer a deep and unique gameplay experience that connects the different preferences of players in a competitive and entertaining way. That's why we position ourself as an entertainment company founded to connect the experiences of players on various platforms through games. All of our games are free-to-play and available across a variety of platforms. By combining the best of game design with free-to-play accessibility, we believe that we can change the way gamers play together.
Meet the Executive Team:
Onur Karcı (Co-founder/Business Development
Upon graduation from high school education at Bornova Anatolian High School, he enrolled in Istanbul Technical University, Management Engineering Department and graduated in 2006. Afterwards, he started MBA Program at Bilgi University and graduated in 2009. Onur prepared his graduate thesis on “Facebook and Social Games” and he is now studying for doctorate degree on In-game Advertising. He developed digital marketing strategies for brands such as Groupe SEB, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, P&G. In addition, he gained experience in Mobile Marketing and Advergaming verticals. His career started at Danone as a marketing executive and continued in Havas Group, one of the biggest global advertising agency networks, as a brand manager.
Turhan Yigitbasi (Co-founder/Development)
Upon graduation from high school education at Istanbul Dogus College, he enrolled in Yeditepe University, Industrial Design Department and then continued with the Computer Engineering department at Dogus University. His first steps in his game career path began with designing new modes for globally popular video games like Operation Flashpoint and Civilization. In 2005, Turhan started his professional game design career at Sabanci University’s Distance Department where he designed elearning games. After developing various advergames and e-commerce projects at Gedikgross.com, he joined Havas Group, one of the biggest global advertising agency networks, as the head of advergame department. Turhan is also lecturer in BUG (Bahcesehir University Game Lab), giving game design and development courses.
Volkan Taban (Co-founder/Marketing)
Upon graduation from high school education at Milas Anatolian High School, he enrolled in Koc University Business Administration Faculty and graduated in 2006. One year later, he started the Marketing Communications Master’s Program at Bilgi University and graduated in 2010. His business career started at Koç Sistem as a sales executive and continued in Havas Group, one of the biggest global advertising agency networks, as a brand manager. He provided digital communication services for many global and local brands like Toyota, Coca-Cola, Peugeot, Efes Pilsen, Kariyer.net, Intel, Schweppes, Powerade.
Dr. Haluk Elci (Angel Investor/Partner)
Upon graduating from the department of mechanical engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU) with exceptional grades, Haluk completed a doctoral program at Columbia University and NASA/Langley on Robotics and Iterative Learning Control Systems. He received his MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from University of Texas Austin before returning to Turkey in 1996. He worked for Monitor Group, USA as a Management Consultant, and for mid-sized bank as Executive Vice President. He served as a Senior Manager and Managing Partner for local and international firms operating in fields of investment banking, venture capital, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, project financing and privatization.