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Roll20 interview: New CEO Ankit Lal on his biggest priorities and challenges

We spoke with Roll20's new CEO to learn more about how he's adapting to the new role and his plans for the company.


Roll20 allows players to experience games like Dungeons and Dragons, as well as a plethora of tabletop RPGs, completely online. With systems and resources that make these games playable without the need to physically gather, Roll20 saw a massive boost in popularity during the pandemic. Recently, Roll20 brought on former Google product & business strategy lead Ankit Lal as its CEO. We caught up with Lal to further discuss his new role.

In our interview, Roll20 CEO Ankit Lal discussed the company’s increase in popularity, as well as his biggest priorities and challenges as the new CEO.

Shacknews: What are some of the biggest priorities in your new role as CEO of Roll20?

Shacknews: How has the increased popularity of playing tabletop games online informed your decision-making at Roll20 and what effect has the pandemic had on your player base?

Shacknews: How does the work you did at Google inform what you’re doing now?

Shacknews: How will the new GM Hub empower Game Masters?

Shacknews: In what ways is Roll20 making it easier for game makers to get their products on the platform?

It was an insightful chat with Ankit Lal, full of interesting tidbits about his philosophy as a leader and what we can expect from Roll20 going forward. For more interviews with the biggest names in entertainment, stick with Shacknews.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Scream nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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