Congratulations to Dan Da Rocha and Luke Williams who have both made it onto Develop’s 2013 30 Under 30 list.
Here are Dan and Luke’s listing from the full list…
“Daniel Da Rocha Managing Director, Mudvark (24)
Starting Toxic Games straight out of university in 2010 with investment from the US-based Indie Fund, Daniel Da Rocha project led the student game QUBE. Released in 2012 on Steam, he was able to pay back the initial funding in just four days. Following this, Da Rocha, 24, set up Mudvark that year to focus on HTML5 games for mobile and the web. Mudvark released its debut game, Mortar Melon, at the end of 2012 and has racked up over 800,000 downloads on the Windows Store alone.”
“Luke Williams Game Designer, Bossa Studios (26)
Twenty-six-year-old Luke Williams started off as a QA tester at Bossa in July 2012. In less than a year, he has worked tirelessly to become the studio’s in-house game designer. Partly mentored by Mike Bithell, Williams has gone to create Surgeon Simulator 2013, which has sold almost half a million copies. Credited as being instrumental in the game’s creation, his colleagues say he displays great design ability. Williams is now working on the studio’s latest upcoming game, Time to Live.”
Henry Hoffman also got an honourable mention!
In 2010 another of our graduates Mike Bithell made it onto the list too!
Part of the team at Bossa Studios, Mike Bithell has been involved in development of recent release Monstermind a social Facebook game. Monstermind has been getting some great press from Jostiq, All Facebook, AOL Games, and GameZebo, to name a few.
Mike has also been continuing development (mostly on a Sunday) of his own game Thomas Was Alone. We are all looking forward to seeing the finished game. You can play an early version of Thomas Was Alone on Kongergate (this version was made in 24 hours, probably on a Sunday).