Alumni, Tobiah Marks and Angelo Yazar, Spotlight Yobonja During Exhibit at PAX 2012

PAX 2012

Independent game development company, Yobonja, creator of the game Blast Monkeys, will be exhibiting August 31 to September 2 at PAX Prime Seattle 2012 (booth #6415). Also, on August 29th Co-founder Tobiah Marks will present a talk called "What Worked: Lessons Learned Running an Independent Game Company" at PAX Dev. Yobonja's Blast Monkeys, a physics-based puzzle game with over 11 million cross platform downloads, was nominated for the "Best Mobile App for Consumers" at the 2012 Global Mobile Awards, and was the #1 Free Android Game during the summer of 2011. Co-founders Tobiah Marks and Angelo Yazar graduated from Cogswell College.

Marks and Yazar, along with fellow business partner Yekta Yazar, will be supported by several fellow Cogswell alumni who will help run the Yobonja booth. There they plan to show off the many different versions of Blast Monkeys and conduct a PAX exclusive debut of Blast Monkeys related merchandise.

Yobonja started in early 2009 making Facebook apps, but shortly after switched focus to mobile apps as the new indie friendly mobile markets grew. The success of Blast Monkeys has defined Yobonja's place in the exciting mobile indie space allowing them to turn their inherent passion for development into an indie game development business.

"I did not realize how much time and energy the business side of running a company takes," said Marks. "When you're so focused on game development, you forget to factor in time for massive amounts of emails, meeting with other companies and dealing with all the legal issues and paperwork." Marks will have an opportunity to share insights into how they created their hit game, as well as what happens afterwards, in his PAX Dev presentation on August 29.

Marks' and Yazar's experiences at Cogswell helped them learn the skills they needed to start their own business right after graduating. "Being a student at Cogswell taught me time management, staying in scope, all sorts of things that are so hard to learn from just reading a book and listening to lectures," says Marks, "we learned to stay focused and just create the games we want to make."

PAX Dev Panel Information:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

"What Worked: Lessons Learned Running an Independent Game Company" by Tobiah Marks.

Click here for the Cogswell College blog interview of Tobiah Marks:

About Yobonja

Yobonja is an independent game development company located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 2009 by two friends Tobiah Marks and Angelo Yazar, Yobonja is dedicated to making fun and interesting experiences for all ages. In 2011, Yekta Yazar joined the company. Yobonja is best known for Blast Monkeys, a physics based puzzle game. Blast Monkeys has earned more than eleven million downloads since its release and was the #1 free Android game during the Summer of 2011.

August 28, 2012