We are your dedicated marketing solution.

Leveraging decades of combined experience.

The Mission

 

We’re a publishing and marketing firm dedicated to helping independent video game developers reach massive audiences, publish financially successful titles and turn game development into a career.

Black Shell Media has published over 60 titles with 1.5 million players worldwide. We have partnerships with companies including Valve, Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, Logitech and Alienware.

Our mission is to help game developers get what they want out of a career in the game industry: passionate fans and sustainable revenue to keep them moving forward.

Click here to learn about our values and mission to support indie developers.

We’ve recently authored this helpful E-Book for our fellow game developers!

The Team

Daniel Doan

Daniel Doan

Co-Founder

Daniel is a game developer and growth marketer with a BA in Psychology from CSUB. He brings over 11 years of game design and consulting experience to the table. He loves eSports and competitive gaming.

daniel@blackshellmedia.com

Raghav Mathur

Raghav Mathur

Co-Founder

Raghav is a public relations specialist and community manager. Raghav loves his dog Amber and is passionate about marketing systems research. He loves Broadway musicals.

raghav@blackshellmedia.com

Raquel Hayner

Raquel Hayner

Director, Marketing Systems

Raquel is a social media marketing professional with an MBA from CSULB. Her expertise lies in social media campaigns, especially on Twitter and Facebook. She loves the beach.

raquel@blackshellmedia.com

Kirsten Terry

Kirsten Terry

Intern, Game Design

Kirsten is an aspiring game designer and animator studying at The University of Texas at Austin. She loves to draw, create and read in her spare time.

kirsten.terry@utexas.edu

Anjini Mathur

Anjini Mathur

Marketing Intern

Anjini is a social media aficionado and dog lover. Her projects are currently focused on Twitter outreach. She is exploring the field of content marketing and is excited to be interning at Black Shell Media.

anjini@blackshellmedia.com

Amber

Amber

Mascot & Happiness Specialist

Amber is Black Shell Media’s company mascot and primary source of motivation. She is always in the mood for treats, Tweets, cuddles and video games (with puppy-friendly control schemes!)

The Partnerships

Check out some of the awesome companies, causes and brands we work with!

The Blog

At Black Shell Media, we’re committed to education at every level. We assembled a team of some of the brightest and most experienced designers, writers and marketing experts to help share useful content, resources and information for developers on our blog. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an industry veteran, read the Black Shell Media blog for your daily dose of knowledge.

Dorian Karahalios

Dorian Karahalios

Editor-In-Chief, BSM Blog

Dorian was Lead Writer for SanctuaryRPG and now spends his time writing and binding books. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from EWU and is working on an MFA in Craft at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. dorian@blackshellmedia.com

Logan Schultz

Logan Schultz

Podcast Host

Logan is a video game journalist, writer, and host with a B.A. in theatre and music from Cornell College. He is the host of the Black Shell Media Podcast. He loves theatre and indie games!

logan@blackshellmedia.com

Katie Conigliaro

Katie Conigliaro

Writer, BSM Blog

Katie is a writing specialist, avid gamer, and pop culture critic at Katsyxo.com. When she isn’t gaming she is either writing a book or has her nose in one. She currently holds BA in English and History from GVSU.

katie@blackshellmedia.com

Jerrod Bacon

Jerrod Bacon

Writer, BSM Blog

Jerrod is and always will be both a writer and an avid gamer. With an ambition to be an Indie game developer, Jerrod has spent a couple years rounding his skill set to include coding and pixel art.

jerrod@blackshellmedia.com

Alex Cicala

Alex Cicala

Writer, BSM Blog

Alex is an avid PC gamer who loves to write about games from a technical and analytical perspective. When he is not in a game he is probably talking about them with someone or writing about them somewhere on the internet.

alex@blackshellmedia.com

Tania Jensen

Tania Jensen

Writer, BSM Blog

Writer, artist, and language aficionado, Tania has a deep interest in game localization. She enjoys exploring narratives through games, practicing Jiu Jitsu, and hunting for new trinkets to add to her frog collection.
Barbara Posada Men

Barbara Posada Men

Writer, BSM Blog

Barbara is a software engineer based out of Barcelona. She develops indie games in her free time. She loves reading novels, doing flips with her drone and every mobile game on the market.

barbara@blackshellmedia.com

Jennifer Mendez

Jennifer Mendez

Writer, BSM Blog

Jennifer is a writer, author, and avid gamer. When she isn’t typing away on her computer, she’s busy looting and working on her character build.

jennifer@blackshellmedia.com

The Community

Game development is more than just creating games–it’s about creating communities. We value the gaming community immensely and we are always seeking to give back in any way we can. Take a look at just a few of the communities and causes we support.

Watsi is a nonprofit healthcare crowdsourcing platform that enables individual donors to directly fund medical care for individuals in developing countries without access to affordable medical care. We collaborate with our partners and clients to help give back to patients in need.

This is Geek is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Their purpose is to host affordable educational and social events in the pop culture and gaming industries. They also strive to promote events and organizations with similar interests, in order to expand and educate the fandom community. We helped sponsor This Is Geek’s 2D Con gaming event.

Stack Up is a veteran charity dedicated to supporting the men and women of the military through the use, support and donation of video games worldwide! We helped donate free digital game downloads to troops away from their families during the holiday season.

Button Mash MKE is a gaming collective helping local charities. They have raised over $20,000 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, primarily through their annual marathon stream, the Button Mash Bash. We sponsored and donated keys for the event.

TIGA (The Independent Game Developers’ Association) is the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the video games industry. Their core purpose is to strengthen the games development and digital publishing sector. They achieve this by campaigning for the industry and helping members commercially. Black Shell Media is proud to be a member of TIGA.

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for local CMN Hospitals. We streamed for 24 hours in December 2016 and raised over $1500 for local children’s hospitals.