Two Victorian developers have made the prestigious 2016's Forbes 30 under 30 list for Gaming.
Trent Kusters (29) and Andy Sum (25), both from Melbourne, were selected for their outstanding contributions to the gaming industry through game design and development.
Mr Kusters co-founded the independent game development collective League of Geeks which recently released its first title 'Armello', a critically acclaimed digital role-playing strategy board game. Kusters is also chair of Australia's largest and longest running independent games festival, and regularly consults on game development and design.
Mr Sum is the co-founder of the independent game company Hipster Whale and is one of the youngest achievers in this year's list. In 2014 the company developed their first game 'Crossy Road' which was downloaded over 110 million times worldwide.
Each year Forbes looks for young up-and-coming stars and leaders in their fields who are doing groundbreaking work in their industries.
Victoria is positioned to lead Australia into a booming future of collaboration, imagination and economic growth through the digital games sector. Representing close to half of Australian's games industry, Victoria is home to 90 game development studios, from leading global companies and smaller boutique developers.
An example of Melbourne's many co-working spaces is The Arcade, created specifically for game developers and creative companies using game methodologies and technologies.
Video: Game development in Melbourne
The full Forbes 30 under 30 for gaming list for 2016 can be accessed here.