President and Co-Founder, thatgamecompany
The $20 billion video game industry is littered with independent developers attempting to make their mark. But the co-founder and president of thatgamecompany, Kellee Santiago, stands head and shoulders above the competition.
Vice President of Engineering, Disney Mobile
Jessica Kahn is the brains behind the most popular iPhone game, Tap Tap Revenge. Now VP of Engineering for Disney Mobile, she managed engineering, operations, and strategy for the Tapulous title, that works a lot like Dance Dance Revolution, except with finger-tapping and phone-shaking to match the beat instead of foot movement.
Gaming is in Veronica Belmont's blood--her mom was a vice president at Coleco, the company behind one of the defining home console games systems in the 1980's. But this isn't the only reason, as Belmont unashamedly grew up a geek--applying it to everything.
Founder and President, Perfect Plum
If you were to read Heather Kelley's profile at her website Moboid, you'd see she calls herself a "Game Designer with a diverse background in both casual and hardcore game development," and she notes she has "a deep interest in experimental and non-traditional game design" and expertise in "non-standard controllers." But here Kelley's only telling half the story.
Independent Game Developer
Erin Robinson was working as a research assistant in a psychology lab, when one day her supervisor called her into his office. "It's clear to me that there's something else you'd rather be doing," he said. All she would talk about, it seemed, were video games she made in her spare time. "I guess you're right," she said. She packed up and went home, and has been a game developer ever since.