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Spiers ’17 Makes Forbes’ Under 30 List

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Sarah Spiers ’17, a team leader on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a multi-player battle royale video game, was named to Forbes‘ 2021 Under 30 Directory, the publication’s annual list of “young innovators on the verge of making it big.”

Spiers was a Visual and Media Arts major while at Emerson, where she focused on interactive media productions.

According to Forbes, Spiers oversees the implementation of new features on PUBG: Battlegrounds, and is the interim executive director of the International Game Developers Association Foundation, where she oversees diversity, equity, and inclusion scholarship programs.

“Her previous work marked her as an award-winning pioneer in the edu-games space,” Forbes wrote, “creating games for elementary to high school students with partners such as Apple, Scholastic, PBS, and iCivics.”

Who made the 2020 list?

In 2016, while a senior at Emerson, Spiers was awarded a Forbes Under 30 Scholarship, which allowed her access to that year’s Under 30 Summit, held at venues across Boston, including Emerson College.

While in college, Spiers was a vice president of the Emerson Game Developers, and worked as a production assistant at the Engagement Lab.

She also holds a Certificate in the Business of Games and Entrepreneurship from Michigan State University.

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