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How it all started...



As a new citizen in Canada, I found a new and beautiful place to live and work in, but I also discovered it wasn’t easy making new friends or building my social circles. ​

That is, until I was invited to join a board-game night by a local friend who knew I used to play back in the day.

​After a few months of good games and people to roll dice with or rob resources from, I found what I was looking for, but, I also found out that there was no simple way to find those local games or people, and talking to my new playpals only confirmed it.


As I’ve been developing online platforms for a living during the last 10 years, it was an obvious choice for me to do something about it, and with the help of a few friends and advisors, we created PlayPals beta version and successfully tested it in Vancouver.

Now, at the start of 2021, during these hard epidemic times, we are working on improving the features and functionalities of our app, building our amazing PlayPals launch team in the US and Canada, and plan to officially launch in a few months.

Hope to see you all soon over a game

Arik Sternberg

Founder of PlayPals


The Team

Yelizaveta Orlova


National Chess Player, Entrepreneur and Chess Instructor at Chess Federation of Canada


Russell Winkelaar


Disability Awareness Advocate, Producer, Actor, Gamer, Dreamer


Madeline Mann


Director of People Operations, culture builder, the creator of Self Made Millennial and a board game geek.


Join the team

Our mission is to connect people around games and help them enjoy a real-world social-local experience with their friends, neighbors and colleges.


We are looking for people from across North America to help us launch their specific cities, as well as contribute their skills and experience for the platform’s day to day activities.


So, if you:

  • Love games and people.

  • Got some startup or online business experience.

  • Want to work on the biggest challenge in the gaming world and help us create the best platform for all games and gamers.


Just email your LinkedIn and all your relevant gaming and professional info to arik@playpals.app

Arik Sternberg