Tapkido Games was founded by a couple college friends in May 2015 as an indie mobile gaming company.
Our mission is to make addictively entertaining games for distinguishing Game Masters while giving back to a worthy cause. We’ll be donating a portion of all revenues to the Cancer Research Institute with the hopes of eliminating it like the evil villain it is.
Why the Cancer Research Institute?
Cancer sucks. It’s taken the lives of millions, including some of those closest to us. We knew from the start that we wanted to contribute to a very personal cause; we just needed to find the right charity. According to Charity Navigator, Cancer Research Institute is a solid, transparent organization where a high percentage of donations actually go directly to its programs (and not into someone’s pocketbook).
Meet the Team
Scott is Co-Founder and CEO of Tapkido Games. He has over 10 years of experience in Technical Operations. A self-proclaimed Game Master, Scott can pick up a new game (console, PC, mobile, you name it) and crush it with laser-like focus.
Scott has a degree in Electrical Engineering from UCSD.
First Game: Déjà Vu on Macintosh
First Mobile (iPhone) Game: Pets Live
Favorite Game of all Time: X-Men vs. Street Fighter
Steve is Co-Founder, Head of Game Design, and resident comedian at Tapkido Games. His attention to detail has helped him excel in his nearly 10 year career as a User Experience Designer and will definitely be applied to our game-making process. Steve has a special ability of being able to talk about 80s cartoon/video game he’s ever played for hours on end.
Steve has a degree in Cognitive Science from UCSD and a Masters in Human Factors/Ergonomics from San Jose State University.
First Game: Super Mario Bros.
First Mobile Game: Snakes on my TI-85
Favorite Game of all Time: BioShock
Melo is VP of Marketing at Tapkido Games. She has been around games her entire life thanks to an older brother obsessed with everything from Super Mario Bros. to the Final Fantasy franchise. Melo has over 10 years of experience in Marketing and a lifetime in cooking, eating, and craftiness.
Melo has a degree in Communication from UCSD and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
First Game: Super Mario Bros. on Famicom
First Mobile (iPhone) Game: Paper Toss
Favorite Game of all Time: Tetris
Jon is an Advisor for Tapkido Games. He has over 10 years of software development experience, most recently in the mobile app space.
Jonathan has a degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley.
First Game: Combat on Atari 2600
First Mobile Game: Q*bert on LG VX8300
Favorite Game of all Time: Street Fighter Alpha 2