The Team

Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie, Founder and Curator

Playup Perth’s bosslady, Kate is an award-winning AR/MR game designer, keynote speaker & TEDx alum, educator, tech columnist & researcher. Her favourite video games include Katamari Damacy, Super Mario 3 and an awesome live action mental health game called yoga.


Nick Ballantyne, Lead Writer and Social Media Cowboy

Nick lives in that part of Perth where there’s nothing to do. You know, that barren hilly area with no identifying features and no internet? Yeah, that part. To compensate, he plays games, writes chiptunes, makes videos, and pokes fun at hentai because he can’t take anything seriously. He is also the Managing Editor at GameCloud.


Carina Uehr, Events Coordinator

When she’s not hiding from the real world in the latest mmorpg or day-dreaming of Geralt of Rivia, Carina enjoys painting abstract art, reading books, playing with her greyhound and telling people that they’re being inefficient (apparently it’s a German thing…)


Helen Kwok, Creative Chameleon and Website Wizard

Although a digital/multimedia designer by day, Helen likes to spend her time outside of work exploring all things creative. She’s delved into animation, film, music visualisations, e-learning, interactive storytelling, creative advertising and now games. A point-and-click adventure gamer for many years, her dream is to develop her very own adventure game. She’s always down for some creative collaboration work or just experimenting with cool ideas.

Helen’s currently redesigning the Playup Perth website to take it to the next level.


Sofie Mather, Wearer of Many Hats

Recently nominated for the 2016 MCV Pacific 30 Under Thirty awards, Sofie works alongside Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie to run the Level One coworking space for game developers in Perth. She runs the venue, website, assists developers on-site, and showcases local game-makers with her “Dev of the Day” features. She also works at Stirfire Studios as their Community Manager.


Jessie Yeoh, Nostalgia Box Bosslady and Event Partner

Jessie grew up with the video game classics. Twenty years later, she still remembers the excitement she felt when she first played Super Mario Bros on her new Nintendo Entertainment System. Her desire to recapture those wonderful childhood memories inspired the inception of The Nostalgia Box which opened its doors to the public in December 2015.

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