Who am I?
Well hi! My name is Mert Atakan Kaya. I'm a Game Developer who graduated from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA).
What is my background? Both my parents are from a small village in the mountains of Turkey, while I was born in the Netherlands this still does give me the Turkish Nationality. However as I went to a Christian Primary School for 8 years, I never really learned a lot about Islam or anything Muslim related. On the other hand, since I was 13, I was really interested in Japanese culture and this really became a huge part of my lifestyle since.
What am I interested in? [Chapter 1 - 1996~2020] When it comes to games; I am a Nintendo fan, but I truly love nearly everything that is being published by SQUARE ENIX. That's also why it is my dream to one day get a job there as a Game Developer. My favorite game genres are "Hack 'n Slash" & "Adventure", but I always have a special place in my heart for Story-driven games.
When we're talking about music; I am a Rock/Punk lover (nowadays mostly from Japanese bands), but being a musician... I find classical music and video game OST's extremely lovely to listen to and sometimes even play along.
Except for that I also love to skate on my long-board, may it be for travel purposes or just to have fun with friends.
[Chapter 2 - 2020~Present] Having lived in Japan for 2 years now, of which 1 year I had a job at a Japanese company. I have changed my focus in life. When it comes to games; I still love story-driven games, and listen to Japanese songs daily. But, except for my profession in design & IT, I have also discovered my passion for teaching and helping people out. So now I hope to work for a company here in the Netherlands where I can create software that contributes to society. While I also have a part-time job teaching people Japanese, so they can also accomplish their dreams of going to Japan.
Amsterdam University of Applied Science (HvA)
|Program||HBO-ICT - Game Development|
|Period||September 2014 - August 2018|
|Graduated||Yes 8.8 out of 10. Bachelor Degree|
|Minor||Project DxC at Kyushu University|
|Internships||XL Family & OrangeGames|
|Graduate Project||Building a slot machine feature for Governor of Poker 3|
SG De Rietlanden (High School)
|Program||HAVO Science & Engineering|
|Period||September 2008 - June 2014|
|Graduate Project||How Touchscreens Work & Building One|
(3 Hearts do not mean I am a genius at it, I just gave my best option 3 stars and compared the other scores based on that one.)
2019-2020 3DMODELJAPANSoftware Engineer using Flutter & Unity3D
2018-2018 Kotatsu TVJapanese Teacher at JLPT N5 grade.
2018-2018 OrangeGamesGame Development Intern at the Governor of Poker 3
2016-2018 Kotatsu TV & Baozi TV & Kimchi TVWeb-developer & E-Learning Environment Builder.
2017-2017 ETPAAndroid App Developer
2016-2016XL Family (now 2SQRS)Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Developer.
2015-2015RacktimePromotion for the Intel 2-in-1 Devices (Hybrid Laptop/Tablets).
2014-2014The Döner CompanyCatering.
2012-2012SG De RietlandenWarehouse administration for schoolbooks.
2009-2010Distribution office ArmadaDistribution of Magazines.