After completing his university degree in engineering in 1994, Avni Yerli started his business career as a project manager at a leading German planning and consulting company. Three years later, he became a Managing Director of the German subsidiary of a foreign consulting company and by early 1998 he was running his own business as an independent consulter. But being a passionate gamer, it wasn’t long before Avni joined his brothers Cevat and Faruk in founding the interactive entertainment development company Crytek in November 1999.
As founding member and Managing Director, Avni is responsible for business development and strategic development. Avni got named in Develop’s (developmag.com) special report about the “25 People Reshaping Games Development” in February 2008 and as one of the 100 most important young Germans in Neon magazine in December 2006. He’s also been added to Plötz Top 500 of the region “Frankfurt am Main” and is thus recognized as one of the region’s top deciders.
Crytek is an independent videogame developer, publisher and technology provider with headquarters in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and seven other studios around the world. Established in 1999, Crytek has created multiple award-winning titles, including the original Far Cry, the Crysis series, Ryse: Son of Rome and Warface. All of Crytek's games are developed using CRYENGINE, the company's cutting-edge 3D game technology, which is also the first choice of other leading developers and licensees when creating games for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and Android. Crytek's ongoing growth in the games-as-a-service market has extended the company's reach as they continue to deliver top quality interactive experiences to players through self-publishing platforms online.