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Nikola Dimitroff

Lead Gameplay Developer
9 years in video game development
Bulgaria 5.0 (5 reviews) Active this week Usually responds in a few hours
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$260 / month

Let me guide you on your journey into video game development and real time systems!

4 calls per month

Unlimited Q&A via chat

Expect responses in 24 hours or less

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I've spent my entire career in video game development. Most recently worked at Ubisoft Sofia on Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and its 3rd DLC - Dawn of Ragnarok, but before that I have also worked with some of biggest game studios on AAA titles including PUBG, Minecraft, Guild Wars 2, Sea of Thieves among others.

Recently I've moved away from traditional game development and I'm now working on bringing the blockchain/crypto world and gaming closer.

In that time, I've led teams and (sub)products of various sizes and various people. I've taken responsibilities for different aspects of product and team management:
- On the technical side - design and architecture, CI pipelines, automation & testing, code reviews
- On the organizational side - planning & roadmap, JIRA management
- On the people side - performance evaluations, 1:1. Keeping the team spirit high is the one I swear by is the most critical factor for success in any organization.

I teach many of the introductory programming courses (Intro to Programming, OOP, Data structures) a course on "Design and Architecture of Game Engines and Unreal Engine" in the University of Sofia. Slides for the latter in English are available online at http://nikoladimitroff.github.io/Game-Engine-Architecture/

I enjoy programming in general and I am happy to talk about all of its aspects.

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What mentees say

Massimo

Massimo

5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
3 months

Nikola is fast to understand needs and brilliant to solve problems. He assigned tasks and review my works any time i asked during our meetings. Really high c++ level.

Alexander

Alexander

5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
8 months

Nikola has been very helpful in my programming journey so far! He's been patient with my questions and has explained things succinctly when I didn't understand them. His mentorship has helped me understand the gaming industry better, and I would recommend him to anyone else who's an aspiring programmer.

Lance

Lance

5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
7 months

Nikola is very knowledgable in C++ and all the software techniques. We discussed about the templates, type traits, interface stability and etc. Although limited by time, a lot of them we only touched the surface. But it's already very helpful for me to understand the concept. Overall I'll recommend Nikola to everyone.

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