Ivan Krechňák

Ivan Krechňák

PowerPlay Studio

Originally a doctor of medicine, Ivan Krechnak has been involved in the game industry since 2003. His specialization is game design and gamer´s psychology. Together with his two partners, he founded PowerPlay Studio in 2007, a company primarily focused on developing online sports games. PowerPlay Studio has released 18 games played by over 22 million players worldwide. The best-known titles are Athletics Mania, Biathlon Mania and Ski Jump Mania 3. Games are being developed by an international team of more than 80 people. Among other things, PowerPlay Studio is actively involved in the promotion of sports and supports talented athletes like Ján Volko or Matej Beňuš. The studio earned the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 in Central Europe award in 2014 as the fastest-growing tech company in Slovakia. Furthermore, PowerPlay Studio attended Google for Startups Accelerator in 2020 as the only Slovak company. Ivan has been CEO of PowerPlay Studio since the start.


Athletics Mania
Ski Jump Mania 3
Biathlon Mania

Impact of emotions in gaming and why they are so important

Emotions as the decisive factor in gaming
Millennials and generation Z and their relationship with games
How did people’s behavior change after 2020 and what is to come?
Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine and its emotional impact on the gaming industry
The experience of PowerPlay Studio in these difficult times