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Mike Ionita

Founder of Crux Game 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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What does a leader look like? Mike Ionita explains that most people equate leadership with seniority or someone’s position in the hierarchy of a company; however, for Mike and countless other entrepreneurs, leadership is so much more than that.

The pandemic has posed serious challenges to brick-and-mortar businesses, forcing them to lean into (or build) their digital strategies. 

We’ve all developed some new hobbies since the start of the pandemic: knitting, baking, ceramics — the list goes on. If you’ve fallen into a hobby that you feel passionate about, you may have considered turning it into a business.

The pandemic has posed serious challenges to brick-and-mortar businesses, forcing them to lean into (or build) their digital strategies. With just over 3.5 billion internet users worldwide, there are endless opportunities for growth online if you know what you’re doing. 

Mike Ionita, the Founder and Creative Director of Crux Video Game Design, just launched his first professional website at www.mikeionita.com

Mike Ionita discovered his passion for animation, design, and storytelling when he was three years old, but only discovered his ambition to run his own business later in life.

What does a leader look like? Mike Ionita explains that most people equate leadership with seniority or someone’s position in the hierarchy of a company; however, for Mike and countless other entrepreneurs, leadership is so much more than that.

Previous generations were boldly instructed to ‘follow their passions’. But is passion a pre-cursor and determinant for success? Founder and Creative Director of Crux Video Game Design, Mike Ionita, says yes. 

We’ve all developed some new hobbies since the start of the pandemic: knitting, baking, ceramics — the list goes on. If you’ve fallen into a hobby that you feel passionate about, you may have considered turning it into a business.

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on businesses both large and small all over the world, and in many cases, the long-term effects have yet to be felt. If you are one of thousands of businesses scrambling to make ends meet, you are not alone.

Having loved video games for as long as he can remember; from playing Nintendo as a child to beating his friends at Street Fighter II as a teenager, Mike never imagined that he would one day found and lead a video game design studio.

Having built a business and created a career out of his passion for animation, video game design, and storytelling, Mike Ionita hopes to share the valuable lessons he has learned over the years with other passionate creatives and entrepreneurs.

Many people think that being passionate about their job isn’t a viable option for them. They believe that you work to make money, and only the lucky ones genuinely enjoy the work they do. 

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

A crux is a vital, decisive, and pivotal point, and that is what we are in this industry. I started this studio to not only bring my ideas to life, but also to help others bring their ideas to life. 

People all over the world use apps on a daily basis, but few people stop to think about how the app they’re using came to be. The app creation and development process is highly complex and a lot of time, money, and research go into it.

The number of active mobile gamers worldwide is over 2.2 billion. As the Founder and Creative Director of Crux Game Design, Mike Ionita believes that mobile games are the future of gaming.

Mike Ionita has always loved animation and game design. From watching Tom and Jerry as a child to playing Mortal Kombat in arcades after school, Mike Ionita never imagined that one day he would be running his own game design studio.

Have you ever heard of imposter syndrome? Imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.

Mike Ionita was just featured in an interview with Kivo Daily, a global digital media, technology and brand-building company, with a primary focus on business, entrepreneurship, and thought leadership.

Mike Ionita works with a tightly knit team, even during COVID. Kivo Daily asked Mike how he motivates his team, and he cites positive reinforcement as his most effective tool: “My last Creative Director used to have quarterly ‘check-ins’—or ‘peer assessments’ as she would call them.