Get Together With 505 Games - Julia Kastenmeier
We’re back with another ‘Get Together With 505 Games blog! With so much going on behind the scenes right now, we had to skip last week’s post, but we’re back in full swing now, ready to introduce you folks to more of our brilliant team! This week, the spotlight is on our wonderful Marketing and Communications Manager (DACH and EE) – Julia Kastenmeier…
Julia Kastenmeier, Marketing and Communications Manager (DACH and EE)
Q: Hi Julia! So… What is it you do here at 505 Games?
A: Hey! My title here at 505 Games is Marketing and Communications Manager DACH and EE. This means I am responsible for all of our marketing and communications activities across Germany-Austria-Switzerland and Eastern Europe (including Russia). From advertising to social media, from PR events to print ads and all the other things that can be subsumed under the above title. I joined 505 Games in August 2009, so I’ve been here quite a while now – from Cooking Mama and Zumba, to Payday 2 and the upcoming Memories of Mars, I’ve worked on a lot of titles here.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about working at 505 Games?
A: The very broad portfolio of 505 Games we work on, in combination with the ever-evolving marketing landscape and technical developments in this industry, makes my job pretty special and for sure, it never gets boring!
Q: Have you always wanted to be a Marketing and Communications Manager?
A: No, absolutely not. I have degrees in Sociology, Psychology and Educational Science – but then realised I wasn’t talented enough to become a Veterinarian 😉 In no other industry than the gaming industry, which I entered 15 years ago, I would have ever been given the chance to work in PR, then later become a Brand Marketing Manager and finally a Marketing Manager, “just” by constantly attending vocational training, learning by doing, etc.
Q: Which title/s are you currently working on?
A: Basically the complete upcoming 505 portfolio! My main focus at the moment is on Memories of Mars and Underworld Ascendant.
Q: Have you always wanted to work in the game industry?
A: To be honest – no. I liked playing games when I was a student, but becoming part of the industry right after I graduated from University was more a lucky coincidence than a concrete plan or wish. However, since entering the industry back in early 2002, I can’t imagine now leaving it!
Q: Do you have a favourite 505 Games title? If so, what is it and why?
A: Portal Knights, absolutely. I’ve worked closely on the game since the very first builds, attended the press tour with the developers, visited them in their studio, we won the biggest German Games Award for the game – and now I am playing it together with my daughter. That for me is the best thing!
Q: Can you tell us something that many won’t know about you?
A: Well … okay. I was once a very hardcore World of Warcraft gamer back in day for around 8 years, serving as a main healer in a raid guild. For the Horde!
Q: What advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue a career in games?
A: If you really want it, never give up trying. This is still a very special industry, open, colorful and friendly. It is hard work, for sure. And while you are not saving lives, flying to Mars or changing the world, it is rewarding – you bring people joy! That makes it so worth it.