Hey there, my name is Paul Bragiel and I'm raising funds to develop a video game that will benefit athletes pursuing their dream of being in the Olympics! Why am I doing this? Because I am training for the 2014 Winter Olympics myself and have seen first hand how hard it is. :) My event is cross-country skiing. I'm certainly a long shot as I just began training last year and am 36 years old with no experience in this sport. With all that said, I have done a few things to increase my chances: I quit my day job to focus solely on skiing this past year, I have a coach who's worked with past Olympians, and I even changed my citizenship. Turns out Colombia doesn't have a strong winter sports tradition, so by being a citizen of Colombia, I have significantly less competition on the national level (read: none) :) This is still going to be a difficult challenge as I need to qualify under a certain time set by the Olympic Committee.Over this past year, I've encountered many Olympic hopefuls who are giving everything they've got to be at the opening ceremonies this upcoming February. The costs to these individuals are extraordinary; from putting education and family plans on hold to driving themselves deep into debt all to be a part of the greatest celebration in the world. With this campaign, I'd like to donate proceeds from my video game to other Olympic hopefuls to follow their dreams. I'll be focusing on foundations in Finland and Colombia as these two countries have been very accommodating during my journey to qualify for the Olympics. With your contribution, we can help Olympic hopefuls reach their dream of participating in the games.
The game cleverly titled Team Paul Skiing will be a fun side-scroller tapping game for iOS devices. The genre of this game is known as an endless runner. With the tap of your fingers you determine the speed of which Paul skis move and when there are obstacles in his way, with the swipe of your finger you destroy the obstacles. There will be 3 levels set in the following locations: Finland, where I started my training; Colombia, where I'll be on roller skis; and the final level will be in Russia at the Olympics facing my competition and most likely finishing last place :P
We have some fun prizes, so I hope you will contribute to this campaign! The game is slated for mid-December completion.
By reaching the 10k goal we're still operating at a major loss but we really want the money raised to go to olympics hopefuls. The breakdown of the funds will be that 50% of the proceeds go to youth sports foundations. The remaining 50% will go towards development, perks, shipping etc.
On5: The Game is led by Egor and his development team On5. They have developed numerous games for iOS and Android devices and have worked with large publishers such as Electronic Arts, Atari, DeNA/ngmoco, Samsung. Over 10 million people have enjoyed playing their games.
Paul Bragiel: Before I quit my day job and focused on training for the Olympics, I developed video games for mobile devices like the game boy and mobile phones. In the past my game production company, Paragon 5, developed games like Micro Machines, Karnajj, Worms (mobile) and Super Monkey Ball (mobile). I will be working closely with my friend Egor and his company.
The idea of making this game has never been for profit.
I want to help other athletes reach their dream of making it to the Olympics. There are other crowdsourcing sites we could have gone with, but they don't allow proceeds to go to a foundation, luckily Indiegogo does :)
Below is my youtube channel where you can watch my progress towards the Olympics as well as links to media publications writing about my journey: