Yong Yea

YouTube Personality, daily video game industry news

Yong Yea has been playing video games since as far back as he can remember. His passion for this interactive medium is what ultimately led to the creation of his YouTube channel, which focuses on gaming news, reviews, discussions, and coverage. What started as a simple hobby that Yong expected would peter out culminated into a full-fledged career. After 2 years in college, Yong chose to drop out to pursue YouTubing full time. 8 years after the channel's founding, it has grown into a community of over 1 million subscribers strong and counting.

More recently, Yong moved to Los Angeles to begin pursuing voice acting (yongyeavo.com). Finding it to be a perfect marriage of his longtime love of acting and his passion for gaming, Yong is grateful to be in a fortunate position where he is able to live out his dream job. Although still young in the field, Yong is proud of all he's accomplished just 1 year in the industry and hopes to continue climbing this ladder in the hopes of bringing to life characters who are as compelling as they are iconic.

Yong is proud to be a juror in this amazing contest. He is a firm believer that indie developers will largely shape the future of the games industry and that the most compelling experiences come from those who are purely fueled by passion without corporate oversight to distort or constrain their projects' integrity and vision. Uniquely captivating experiences like Hades, Disco Elysium, Stardew Valley, Undertale, and DARQ (among many others) are largely possible because of the creative freedom many indie devs can afford. He's excited to see what the contestants and a new generation of indie devs can come up with.

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