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Andreas Speer

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Andreas Speer is a native to Germany with a voracious interest in gaming. Starting out in the business world Speer worked in Industrial Sales at a German automotive company. He worked here for two years before working as a Branch Employee at Lidlk. He stayed at Lidlk for one year before taking apposition at Deluxe Video Services. From 1994 to 1997 at the video service company he works as a customer service representative and eventually a Production Planner soon. While working, Speer studied Applied Science at the University of Offenburg. He completed his studies in 2002, receiving a degree in Media and Information.

Speers’ next big project is Spellbound Entertainment AG. The company was founded in 1994—Andreas joined the company as a Project Manager in 2001. In 2003 he was promoted to Studio Manager. Putting in hard working and getting crucial experience, Speers was offered and accepted the position of CEO at Spellbound Entertainment AG. The company is noted for their video game series, Desperados. After a period of prosperity the company experienced financial hardship, and was forced to file for bankruptcy in 2011.

With the dissolution of Spellbound Entertainment AG, Speers was free for a start-up project on the horizon. Using the manpower from Spellbound Enterainment AG and working with partner Adrian Georsch, the gamers banded together to found Black Forest Games. The company’s vision focuses on high-quality role-playing games and strategy games. Their offices are located in Offenburg, Germany. Speers has contributed notable video games Giana Sisters, Owlverlord, and DieselStormers.

Companies and Investments

Black Forest Games (Co-Founder, Managing Director), Spellbound Entertainment (CEO, Studio Manager, Project Manaher), Deluxe Video Services (Production Planner, Customer Service Representative), Lidlk (Branch Employee), Bürstner (Industrial Sales)

Lessons Learned

When you have a good group of people and creative ideas you can defeat the odds. Money is a huge part of business and entrepreneurship, but I have learned that even when you hit rock bottom, there can be an upside. The upside is picking up the pieces of a broken project is that you can band these pieces together in a better, more innovative, and successful fashion. You have been given a blessing in disguise, a new beginning. This is how we handled dealing with the bankruptcy of Spellbound Entertainment AG. We took our amazing team and our drive to persevere, and with that we created something even better. Look for the good in your problems, there is always an upside to a roadblock.

Inspiring Quotes

Andreas Speer's Quotes

With the talent and IP we have internally, we know well again be recognized as a leader in the creation of games for the RPG and strategy genres.

Andreas Speer

Black Forest Games will add to the legacy of Spellbound Entertainment, by empowering the core of the team to build an even greater company that is tuned to todays market opportunities.

Andreas Speer

Influential Books

J. R. R. Tolkien - The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings 1st (first) Edition by Tolkien, J. R. R. published by Houghton Mifflin (1999)


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