We put the Stormcraft Studios founder and casino gaming innovator in the spotlight.
Online slots that rocked the world.It’s the visual artistry and immersive storytelling that make a Terence Igesund game what it is, and some of the titles he has worked on are legendary. Thunderstruck and Immortal Romance have gained cult status amongst fans, while Mega Moolah continues to break records. He has also worked with some of the biggest licensed properties known to the entertainment industry, collaborating with major production studios to develop branded blockbusters. These include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider™, the industry’s first ever licensed branded online slot (launched by Microgaming in 2004), Terminator 2, and the highly acclaimed Jurassic Park™, which introduced parallax scrolling effects to online gaming and won Digital Product of the Year at the 2015 Global Gaming Awards.
The birth of the online casino industry
But it was from humble beginnings that an online gaming empire grew. Terry (as he prefers to be known) started out in the software development industry as the only creative, alongside the very birth of the internet in the early 90s. With no idea of the extent of the impact the internet would have on the world, let alone the gaming industry, Terry, along with three of his fellow Durban-based ‘techno-geeks’, started to develop an online casino platform, and it was with astonishment that they watched the traffic skyrocket upon taking it live. In true start-up style, Derivco was founded on an exhilarating fervour of long hours, terrifying uncertainty and the sheer joy of creating a thrilling new entertainment sector the world hadn’t seen before, and is now one of Microgaming’s biggest and most important suppliers.
A gaming innovator
Since those early days, Terry has remained at the forefront of online gaming development as the industry continues to evolve with each technological breakthrough. It’s what keeps the ‘game’ so exciting, and a multi-disciplined, natural-born innovator like Terry on his toes. Still based in Durban, South Africa, Terry is now Executive Producer of his own creative game design studio, Stormcraft Studios. Terry heads up a team of developers and creatives across the spectrum of disciplines that make up a thriving and self-sufficient studio.
Casino gaming with entertainment and craftsmanship at its heart
Terry’s illustrious career may have taken him all over the world to work with many of the most distinguished talents in the field, but it’s his passion for the craft at the ground level that keeps Terry steering his team with the hands-on energy he is known for. The ethos that has guided Terry along this journey is now the founding philosophy of Stormcraft Studios: that of collaborative innovation, dedication to craftsmanship and, ultimately, ensuring that fun and entertainment are at the heart of it all – both in the creative process and the final player experience.
Read more of what he had to say on his latest interview with SlotCatalog.