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Brianna Wu

Video Game Developer, Blogger, and Podcaster; Creator of "Giant Spacekat"

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Brianna Wu Biography

Brianna Wu is an American video game developer. She cofounded Giant Spacekat, an independent video game development studio with Amanda Warner in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also a blogger and podcaster on matters relating to the video game industry.

Brianna Wu was raised in Mississippi by adoptive parents. She grew up in an entrepreneurial environment, as her father was a retired US Navy doctor who opened his own clinic, and her mother ran a series of small businesses. The first video game she recalls being passionate about was Super Mario Bros. 2, in which Princess Peach's being a playable character was a powerful influence. In 2003 she enrolled at the University of Mississippi, studying journalism and political science. At the age of 19, she formed a small animation studio to create an animated pilot episode. The venture was unsuccessful, resulting in her withdrawal from college and a move to Washington, DC to work in political fundraising for several years. She later returned to college to finish her degree in investigative journalism, then worked as a journalist until she was inspired by the release of the iPhone to work as a graphical designer and create a videogame. In 2008, she married Frank Wu, four-time winner of the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist. In 2010, she co-founded the company "Giant Spacekat" with Amanda Stenquist Warner, adding Maria Enderton as lead programmer.

Wu's company Giant Spacekat demonstrated its first iOS game Revolution 60 at Pax East in March 2013, where the game was listed as one of the 10 best indie games of the conference. In July 2013 the company ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund a PC release of the game in addition to the iOS version. The fundraiser brought in $12,728, over 250% of the original $5,000 goal. The game, created with the Unreal Engine for a total budget of a few hundred thousand dollars, was released for iOS devices in July 2014. Wu, who described the sci-fi themed action-adventure as "Heavy Rain mixed with Mass Effect", was credited as head of development. The game features female protagonists, said to echo the founders of the game studio. The Guardian describes it as "a cartoonish science fiction adventure for smartphones, notable for its all-female cast and cinematic story, a rarity on mobile platforms."One reviewer on Pocket Gamer called it intelligent and "hugely entertaining". Another cited some issues with pacing and a heavily linear storyline, but overall found it "enjoyable and compelling."

Wu is co-host of the weekly Isometric podcast on Relay FM. The podcast was launched in May 2014 and covers the video game industry. Wu also writes essay and opinion pieces about feminism and antagonistic attitudes towards women in game development.

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  • Brianna takes great pride in speaking engagements that help spread an understanding of the struggles women face in a male-dominated gaming culture. Calling on her experience as a game developer, and the struggles and successes she has found as an individual and with her company Giant Spacekat, she aims to help raise awareness around oft-overlooked opportunities present in the industry.

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Brianna Wu Biography

Brianna Wu is an American video game developer. She cofounded Giant Spacekat, an independent video game development studio with Amanda Warner in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also a blogger and podcaster on matters relating to the video game industry.

Brianna Wu was raised in Mississippi by adoptive parents. She grew up in an entrepreneurial environment, as her father was a retired US Navy doctor who opened his own clinic, and her mother ran a series of small businesses. The first video game she recalls being passionate about was Super Mario Bros. 2, in which Princess Peach's being a playable character was a powerful influence. In 2003 she enrolled at the University of Mississippi, studying journalism and political science. At the age of 19, she formed a small animation studio to create an animated pilot episode. The venture was unsuccessful, resulting in her withdrawal from college and a move to Washington, DC to work in political fundraising for several years. She later returned to college to finish her degree in investigative journalism, then worked as a journalist until she was inspired by the release of the iPhone to work as a graphical designer and create a videogame. In 2008, she married Frank Wu, four-time winner of the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist. In 2010, she co-founded the company "Giant Spacekat" with Amanda Stenquist Warner, adding Maria Enderton as lead programmer.

Wu's company Giant Spacekat demonstrated its first iOS game Revolution 60 at Pax East in March 2013, where the game was listed as one of the 10 best indie games of the conference. In July 2013 the company ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund a PC release of the game in addition to the iOS version. The fundraiser brought in $12,728, over 250% of the original $5,000 goal. The game, created with the Unreal Engine for a total budget of a few hundred thousand dollars, was released for iOS devices in July 2014. Wu, who described the sci-fi themed action-adventure as "Heavy Rain mixed with Mass Effect", was credited as head of development. The game features female protagonists, said to echo the founders of the game studio. The Guardian describes it as "a cartoonish science fiction adventure for smartphones, notable for its all-female cast and cinematic story, a rarity on mobile platforms."One reviewer on Pocket Gamer called it intelligent and "hugely entertaining". Another cited some issues with pacing and a heavily linear storyline, but overall found it "enjoyable and compelling."

Wu is co-host of the weekly Isometric podcast on Relay FM. The podcast was launched in May 2014 and covers the video game industry. Wu also writes essay and opinion pieces about feminism and antagonistic attitudes towards women in game development.

Brianna Wu Videos

  • Inspirefest | A New Games Landscape? Brianna Wu, co-founder, Giant...
  • Brianna Wu on "Sexism in the Tech Industry"
  • UNI Women’s & Gender Studies Women’s History Month Keynote Address

Brianna Wu Speaking Topics

  • Brianna takes great pride in speaking engagements that help spread an understanding of the struggles women face in a male-dominated gaming culture. Calling on her experience as a game developer, and the struggles and successes she has found as an individual and with her company Giant Spacekat, she aims to help raise awareness around oft-overlooked opportunities present in the industry.

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  • How to book Brianna Wu?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Brianna Wu for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Brianna Wu, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Brianna Wu or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Brianna Wu?

    Booking fees for Brianna Wu, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Brianna Wu, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Brianna Wu?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Brianna Wu for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Brianna Wu for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Brianna Wu or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Brianna Wu or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Brianna Wu is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as. The estimated speaking fee range to book Brianna Wu for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Brianna Wu generally travels from Boston, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Stacy Brown-Philpot, Nicole Yeary, Allyson Kapin, Brenda Louise Romero and Angela Benton. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Brianna Wu for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Brianna Wu Speaker Videos

  • Inspirefest | A New Games Landscape? Brianna Wu, co-founder, Giant Spacekat
    Brianna Wu on "Sexism in the Tech Industry"
  • UNI Women’s & Gender Studies Women’s History Month Keynote Address
    Brianna Wu: "9 Ways to Stop Hurting and Start Helping Women in Tech"

Brianna Wu Speaking Topics

  • Brianna takes great pride in speaking engagements that help spread an understanding of the struggles women face in a male-dominated gaming culture. Calling on her experience as a game developer, and the struggles and successes she has found as an individual and with her company Giant Spacekat, she aims to help raise awareness around oft-overlooked opportunities present in the industry.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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