Cast your vote in this year’s 40 Under 40 People’s Choice, and show the business work what game-makers have to offer! Two prolific Perth developers are included in this year’s listing, Dr Kate Raynes-Golide and Vee Pendergrast, who you may remember from such awards as MCV Pacific’s Game Changers.
As this is the People’s Choice, it is the nominations of individuals such as yourself that affects the final outcome; so read up on the developer profiles below to see why they are such great business folk, then SUBMIT YOUR VOTE before 5pm, Fri 12 January! The winner will be announced at the 2018 40 Under 40 Gala Awards on Wed, 7 March 2018.
Vee Pendergrast Stirfire Studios CEO
“After sixteen years in mobile telecommunications, Vee Pendergrast made the leap in 2016 to pursue a fulltime career in videogame and VR development. She had co-founded Stirfire Studios in 2010 and has gradually grown the business to the bustling studio it is now and was instrumental in the launch of its titles Freedom Fall, and Symphony of the Machine.
Named as one of MCV Pacific’s Top 30 Women in Games in 2017, Vee brought the company to its attempt at an IPO in July 2017, which is a rarity for Australian videogame companies. Vee’s ambition is to keep the company producing qualities titles and growing their portfolio of internal IPs and services work.”
Kate Raynes-Goldie, Playup Perth Founder & Director
“As a leader of change and innovation, my career has been characterized by a willingness to step into unknown situations and take risks to accomplish what others don’t see as possible. Over the past 4 years, I have advocated for the WA games and creative innovation sector, part of a $150bn global industry.
My leadership has resulted in increased cohesion and professionalization of the sector, bringing jobs and opportunities to WA. As a result of my work, the WA Government included the sector in its New Industries Fund election announcement. As the Director of Playup Perth, my goal is to see WA producing 20% of Australian games by 2020, up from today’s 7%.My goal for the next 5 years is to enable young people to thrive in the future of work. To accomplish this, I have recently launched the Future Human Academy, and its pilot program, Future Ready Teens.”
Header image via 40Under40.