Forest Willard
Courtesy of InnerSloth
United States
2021

InnerSloth

Forest
Willard

Cofounder

Entering 2021 with 300 million monthly players across PC, mobile and Nintendo Switch for “Among Us,” Willard and InnerSloth cofounder Marcus Bromander’s small team has had the enviable but daunting task of keeping up momentum. As a free-to-play game on mobile, which is how most users partake, “Among Us” relies primarily on in-game spending by way of cosmetic items — an industry standard — making it imperative to update the game regularly with new maps, skins and gameplay features, not an easy endeavor when your team is a fraction the size of the “Fortnite” force. Still, Willard is working on expanding “Among Us” to PlayStation and Xbox consoles via collector’s edition versions of the game featuring new content, per an announcement at E3 2021 in July.

Career

  • InnerSloth

Education

  • Oregon State University (OR, USA)

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Marcus Bromander

Marcus Bromander

Pitting online players against one another on a spacecraft as so-called “imposters” seek to pick off the crew over several rounds, “Among Us” from Bromander and fellow InnerSloth cofounder Forest Willard first launched on mobile and PC in 2018 but achieved global recognition in 2020, jumping from 2 million daily active users in August of that year to 75 million by the end of September. “Among Us” kicked off 2021 with 300 million monthly players, many still distancing socially and...

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