Luigi Rafael Bairan
Luigi describes himself as a “Thinker” and an “Achiever” and resides in Quezon City, Philippines. In his free time, he enjoys gaming and also develops indie games of his own. At Touchcast, Luigi works on the Technology team as Head of Development in the Philippines. In this position he is responsible for developing products for Touchcast’s Metaverse and researching Unreal Engine’s technology.
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Luigi Rafael Bairan,
Luigi Rafael Bairan
Head of Development, Philippines
Luigi describes himself as a “Thinker” and an “Achiever” and resides in Quezon City, Philippines. In his free time, he enjoys gaming and also develops indie games of his own. At Touchcast, Luigi works on the Technology team as Head of Development in the Philippines. In this position he is responsible for developing products for Touchcast’s Metaverse and researching Unreal Engine’s technology.
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What do you do here?
I am responsible for leading the Philippine’s development team. This involves the development of Touchcast Metaverse products and research that utilizes Unreal Engine technology. I also manage the team’s responsibility of delivering quality work within a given time frame.
My daily routine @touchcast
Why Touchcast?
Touchcast gave me an opportunity to widen my horizons by working with new technology and developing new ideas everyday. As a former game developer and a game enthusiast, it’s very interesting for me to use what I’ve learned from my previous work and apply it outside of the gaming world. I'm also very excited for the opportunity to gain new perspective and ideas from this new venture. Touchcast has also driven me to step up to lead a group of talented individuals to design and build towards technological advancement.
What do you do here?
I am responsible for leading the Philippine’s development team. This involves the development of Touchcast Metaverse products and research that utilizes Unreal Engine technology. I also manage the team’s responsibility of delivering quality work within a given time frame.
Why Touchcast?
Touchcast gave me an opportunity to widen my horizons by working with new technology and developing new ideas everyday. As a former game developer and a game enthusiast, it’s very interesting for me to use what I’ve learned from my previous work and apply it outside of the gaming world. I'm also very excited for the opportunity to gain new perspective and ideas from this new venture. Touchcast has also driven me to step up to lead a group of talented individuals to design and build towards technological advancement.
My daily routine @touchcast
My daily routine @touchcast
"Touchcast has driven me to step up to lead a group of talented individuals to design and build towards technological advancement."
☝️ Idea and solution crafting station.
What changed in your approach to your role since you joined Touchcast?
Once I began working more closely with other international teams at Touchcast, my role became more challenging. In addition to managing my own local team, I now needed to be mindful of the Touchcast community as a whole. Each individual now has a strong sense of responsibility to achieve the larger group goal. Because of this, my focus has shifted from solely development to also managing the team’s output in coordination with the others. Though it can be challenging working with so many minds, it also presents much more room for growth and creativity!
What part of your childhood relates to your work at Touchcast?
I’ve always loved playing video games and I’ve been immersed in the digital world from a very young age. I’m very fond of the different visuals, art, engineering, and science that make up a game. All my gaming experience has led me to become adept in several programs in tech. The idea of technology constantly growing and evolving through the years is very exciting to me.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in...(your role)?
Touchcast is fast paced so being proactive and being able to adjust to various situations is a great quality to have. Always be eager also to watch, absorb, and learn new techniques. Having a positive mindset on how you deal with problems and how you are able to produce solutions will help as well. Finally, teamwork makes the gears run smoothly. Being a leader doesn’t mean that you have subordinates. You are part of a team - work together to achieve amazing results.
How do you make the most out of working remotely?
Working at home is a huge advantage for me because commuting here in the Philippines usually takes a lot of time due to traffic. I can use this time to do other activities that help boost my daily productivity instead. With working remotely, I can manage my time properly and focus more to produce better results at work. Also, having my setup at the comforts of my own home feels less stressful than working long hours in a loud, hectic office.
What is something outside of work you’re irrationally passionate about?
Dancing has always been a part of me. You can see simple dancing moves while working or even just while strolling down the street. Another passion is streaming games. It’s something I really would like to continue since I like talking to people and sharing my experiences and techniques in gaming.
Your hidden talent
Sleeping while standing
Your greatest fear
Owls that stare deep into your soul
Most unusual job you’ve ever had
Testing a pimple popping mobile game
if I weren’t doing this job I would be...
Streaming games professionally
If you could learn to do anything...
Learn how to draw better
If you could meet anyone, living or dead
Myself in third person
Movie recommendation
Minority Report
Dream trip
Having beer or a glass of wine with a nice view in Italy
Who would you pick as your mentor
Luke Smith (Game Director at Bungie)
What music you are into right now
Kpop
Your hidden talent
Sleeping while standing
Your greatest fear
Owls that stare deep into your soul
Most unusual job you’ve ever had
Testing a pimple popping mobile game
if I weren’t doing this job I would be...
Streaming games professionally
If you could learn to do anything...
Learn how to draw better
If you could meet anyone, living or dead
Myself in third person
Movie recommendation
Minority Report
Dream trip
Having beer or a glass of wine with a nice view in Italy
Who would you pick as your mentor
Luke Smith (Game Director at Bungie)
What music you are into right now
Kpop
My favorite inspirational quote
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson