Venezuela-born Dano started out in film-making but knew from an early age that his true vocation was the dramatic world of video games. He completed a Masters in game development here in Barcelona, and his adventure at Social Point kicked off a year later. Dano is our iOS Project Manager for Dragon City. He is, in other words, a Dragon Master!
Dano, what attracted you to Social Point?
A mix of opportunities to grow professionally and be part of the biggest creative team in Barcelona. Social Pointers are driven by an infectious passion – from the first dragon baby to the last line of code implementation – that makes working here unlike anywhere else.
And what does a Project Manager do?
Well, it’s our job to ensure that everyone else is doing their job in a sense. We have a to know what’s going on in all the departments and ensure that our programers, artists, designers and business teams are in sync. We’re also right at the coal face in terms of planning, scheduling, time management and spotting those potential problems before they become problems. I read somewhere that product managers can’t make everyone happy all the time, but they can keep everyone productive. I guess I’d go along with that.
How did you get into gaming, Dano?
Ah, I think I was born to make games. Since I was little, I’ve always been fascinated by video games. I remember this clear moment as a kid, when I was playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (for the millionth time). I heard myself saying: Hey, there are people out there actually making this, and reaching other people through their art. I want to do this too!
From that moment on I knew what I wanted to do. Fifteen years later, here I am. I studied cinema directing and producing. My first baby steps in the video game industry were as a low-poly 3D artist, then a QA manager and finally a fully fledged Product Manager. And I have loved every day of the journey.
Any advice for would-be product managers out there?
Be the best at being the best. Learn and know a little bit of everything. Be the guy or the girl that people can rely on!
And finally, Dano – the big reveal! Who is your favorite game character?
The bad-ass Lava Dragon. He looks amazing – like a rock star. And he behaves like a puppy. What more could you want?
Dano and Lava Dragon at Social Point HQ.