Benja makes videogames.
During his years in the games industry, Benjamin Jaekle (Benja) has served as producer, writer, narrative designer, and design lead. His most recent shipped work is the Danger Rising DLC for Just Cause 4, for which he served as Product Owner and Lead Designer.
In his work, Benja puts experience first. Games are a mashup of many forms of media, but all serve the experience that the player has while holding the controller in their hands. This is the pillar that inspires his greatest leaps, and the razor by which he makes the toughest cuts.
He loves to make games feel juicy, focused, elegantly paced, playful, a little mischievous, and most of all — meaningful. Incidentally, he loves the process of making games to feel the same way.
He's currently Story & Mission Lead on Contraband, a co-op smuggler's paradise set in 1970s Bayan, at Avalanche Studios.
He’s also crafting a cozy, lo-fi graveyard game, and he tweets updates every single day, usually from a train or his kitchen table.
Benja is a husband and father of two. He cooks, he hikes, and he meditates.