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Published on Oct 30, 2016
Kellee Santiago joined Google's 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month talks series to share her narrative as a Latina woman in the video games and VR industries.
Kellee Santiago, as former president and co-founder of thatgamecompany, has developed one of the most prominent brands in independent and innovative game development, pushing the communicative possibilities of video games as a medium. Their games for Playstation 3 and 4 were each record breaking commercial successes and “Journey” was declared “Game of the Year.” She is currently at Google Daydream, as a Publishing Producer for virtual and augmented reality applications. She is also Co-Founder and Partner of Indie Fund, an angel investment fund which aims to support the growth of games as a medium by helping indie developers get, and stay, financially independent.
Kellee speaks around the world at video game business and entertainment conferences on innovation in games, entrepreneurship, games as art and better methods for video game development. Her games are exhibited in museums around the world, and “Flower” became one of the first two video games to be installed in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2010, she became a TED Fellow and was recognized as one of The Ten Most Influential Women in Games of the Past Decade. Kellee has also received the 2011 Microsoft Top Women in Gaming award for Business.