35 years old - Lyon, France

System & Metacognitive Game Designer
Disabled worker (remote work only)

Works at Evil Empire (France)

Game Designer

Specialist in system and metacognitive design, interaction between games and gamer psychology, optimization, frustration and motivation.
Creator of a psychographic segmentation of gamers. EN - FR
GD Consultant, Author and former GD Employee.
Worked on all kind of games, from AA to indies, from mods to maps.

Related skills & knowledge:
Nested loops, retention mechanics, frustration management, rational game design, F2P/GaaS businesses models, progression systems, incentives, balance mechanics, learning curve, rhythm curve, visual/audio feedbacks, core gameplay, 3C, etc.


Co-founder and former Managing Director at Piwag (almost 6 years).
Lyon-Startup contest laureate.

Related skills & knowledge:
Adaptability, find low-cost & effective solutions, manage people & projects, leading, recruitment, being a creative force, conscious about market and profitability, responsible, familiar with startup ecosystem, interested in team and HR management, etc.

Game Design Jury Member

Since 2017, Bellecour School: Evaluation of game designers students end of studies' projects.
Indie Prize 2019: London / USA / China 2019.
Indie Prize 2018: USA / London / Serbia / Asia 2018.
Indie Garden Assembly Awards 2018.
Geneva Gaming Convention 2017: Special Indie Prize (Casual Connect USA 2018) / GGC Awards.

Related skills & knowledge:
Always willing to share knowledge, able to be impartial and do honest/constructive feedbacks


Gamagora 2017 - Perceived Reality & Psychographics
Videogame Economics Forum 2016 - Psychographic segmentation
Central European Game Conference 2016 - Visibility
Lyon Start-Up 2015 - Entrepreneurship feedback and advices
La Saga des Jeux Vidéo 2014 - Round Table about future of game design (aside Éric Chahi, Émile Morel & David Mekersa)

Related skills & knowledge:
Speak publicly, ability to summarize, used to international professional events

Gamer & Community Manager

Former admin/moderator of online communities, up to thousands people.
Former admin / officer / raid leader in EU top ranked teams on several games (MMO/Browser games).
Former Spartan Vanguard (community events, tournaments organization, online rules support) for Spartan Games, Member of the Month 2013.
Former member of pro teams on several games (FPS/RTS).

Related skills & knowledge:
Always willing to help, meticulous, set myself high standards, diplomacy

Human Being

Science (all kind), Sci-Fi & Communication between people enthusiast.
Passion for critical thinking and related subjects.
Particular love for Card Games, Comics (french-belgian style and mangas), Cinema & Heavy Metal.
Interested in societal differences from people around the world.

Diagnosed with intellectual giftedness and hyperlexia; non-racist, non-sexist, non-xenophobic, encourage diversity; do not smoke, do not drink alcohol, do not do drugs

Get in touch

  • Email

    aurelien.nicoleau @