SOME OF THE COOLEST PEOPLE YOU WILL EVER MEET

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Robert Bowling

Robert Bowling is a 15 year game development, publishing, and producing veteran. During his time in the game industry, Robert lead the Call of Duty franchise at Infinity Ward, started his own independent studio in Los Angeles, launched the Humble Monthly subscription service as VP of Humble Bundle and is currently overseeing game publishing and investments for a new indie publishing fund.

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Justin Roiland

Justin is an actor, animator, writer, producer, director and video game developer. He is best known as the co-creator and executive producer of the animated series Rick and Morty, in which he voices both of the show's eponymous characters, the voice of Oscar on the animated television show Fish Hooks, as well as the Earl of Lemongrab on Adventure Time.

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Dylan Bevis

Dylan is the co-founder of indie games studio Featherweight - the creators of Rodeo Stampede & Skiing Yeti Mountain. He’s passionate about building great feeling mobile games with small teams. Prior to founding Featherweight, he began his career in games working as a game designer at Halfbrick Studios.

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Ed McMillen

Creator of the Binding of Isaac, Super Meat Boy and a bunch of other stuff no one cares about. Designer, artist and animator. Featured in Indie Game: The Movie.

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John Davison

 

John Davison is the general manager of Glixel, the new video game culture website from the publishers of Rolling Stone. John has more than 20 years of experience in the video games media business where he has led some of its most successful brands both online and in print.

Previously he headed up GameSpot and Metacritic at CBS Interactive as the Vice President of Programming, leading all editorial content and video production. He also led the integration of Giant Bomb and Comic Vine into the CBSi group after the sites were acquired in 2012. In 2010 John was responsible for rebooting GamePro both online and in print at IDG Media, where he was Executive Vice President of Content. In 2007 he was the co-founder of the first games website aimed at parents and families with his startup What They Play, which enjoyed considerable media attention before it was sold to IGN in 2010.

He was previously the Senior Vice President of content at Ziff Davis where he oversaw all online and print brands, including 1UP.com, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Official PlayStation Magazine, and Computer Gaming World. There John was responsible for pushing the group's personality-driven video and audio strategy, and helped launch The 1UP Show, along with a suite of groundbreaking podcasts. He was also the co-host of the extremely popular 1UP Yours podcast.

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Daniel Fiden

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Dan Fiden is Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at Funplus. Dan first met the co-founders of FunPlus as partner with Signia Venture Partners, an early stage venture fund that is an investor in the company. Dan has held multiple interim CEO roles – of Wild Needle (sold to Zynga) and Playchemy (sold to Iddiction), was General Manager of Playfish San Francisco, and was director of game development at EA’s Pogo. He began his career in games as Creative Director at Jellyvision on the “You Don’t Know Jack” series. Dan serves on the board of the San Francisco Game Developers Conference. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and English from Denison University.  
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Eli Hodapp

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Eli Hodapp is the wizard behind the curtain of TouchArcade, the #1 iOS games site on the Internet. He’s been drinking from the fire hose of mobile game releases since before the App Store even went online, and now spends his days playing as many iOS games as humanly possible while managing the similarly insane crew of TouchArcade writers. From his throne atop TouchArcade Towers, Hodapp has a unique perspective on the App Store that has come from years of watching what resonates within the TouchArcade community as well as the wider App Store marketplace as a whole. He’s played a part in covering every iOS gaming trend that has come and gone, and can’t wait to be on the front lines of whatever the next incredibly-popular thing will be. In his spare time, Eli is a huge WWE smark who loves questioning his life decisions as he stands in line for limited craft beer releases in the Chicago area.
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Keeley Boess

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Keeley Boess is the PR & Partner Manager at FunPlus. Although her passion for gaming started at a very early age, Keeley's career in gaming began a mere three years ago when she joined the FunPlus team in San Francisco. Prior to gaming, Keeley's overuse of exclamation marks, useless knowledge of James Bond trivia, and decent fashion sense served her well as the Marketing Coordinator at Tapiture, a men's fashion website based in Venice, CA. She is a former Miss California US and Miss International USA. Keeley obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California at Riverside.
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Jacob Rosin

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A super cool 12-year old and Future Game Designer. When Jacob isn't at school he is definitely gaming.

 

HALL OF FAME

 

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Joel McDonald

Creator of Prune and Founder of Polyculture

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Andy Zhong

CEO & Co-founder of FunPlus

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Rami Ismail

Creator of Presskit() & Co-founder of Vlambeer

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Eli Hodapp

Editor-in-Chief at TouchArcade

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Greg Essig

Head of Business Development at MobCrush 

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Mark Cerny

CEO & Founder of Cerny Games Inc.