12 January 2016
Two Victorian game developers have made the prestigious Forbes '30 under 30' list.
Trent Kusters and Andy Sum have been named in the Class of 2016 in the games category.
Forbes' 5th Annual '30 under 30' list features 600 of the world's brightest young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and stars across 20 categories, from science and consumer tech to music and sport. This list is drawn from over 15,000 potential entrepreneurs and vetted by a panel of expert judges.
Kusters, Sum and others in the games category were recognised for their use of cutting edge technology or creativity, scalability or adaptability, the number of people reached and dollars raised/generated.
The Melbourne developers are at the forefront of the Australian games industry and their technological and artistic skills have won their games global appeal.
Trent Kusters is a video game designer and co-founder of the Melbourne based independent game development collective League of Geeks.
Armello, a digital role-playing strategy board game was launched by League of Geeks in 2015 to great acclaim.
Set in a fantasy world, up to four players assume the role of a hero chosen among their clan to take part in a campaign to become the next king or queen.
The project received funding support from Film Victoria.
Trent started his career in gaming journalism but then moved into design and development.
Trent is a keen supporter of the Victorian and Australian games industry and is Chair of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival.
Andy Sum, aged just 24 is co-founder of independent games studio Hipster Whale and is widely known for being the co-designer of the hit game Crossy Road.
Crossy Road has become a global sensation and has been downloaded over 110 million times.
The popular game invites players to navigate virtual characters across a series of roads, rivers, train tracks while avoiding obstacles. Andy and his business partner developed the game as their first project after meeting at a games development conference in Melbourne in 2013.
Andy has previously been a recipient of funding through Film Victoria to attend the Games Development Conference.