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MCV Pacific 30 Under Thirty: Jake Truman

MCV Pacific 30 Under Thirty: Jake Truman

Jake’s path to the industry started with former Australian retailer, GAME at only 15 years of age.

He would go on to become the youngest manager at the company at 16 and part of their leading sales team.

After finishing high school, Truman completed a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies at UOW. Whilst studying Truman would dip his toe in the world of Games Journalism, having his first freelance piece published in Empire Film Magazine at only 17.

He would then secure an agency role at Present Company in Redfern, working with the likes of Gillette, Virgin, Red Bull and Destination NSW.  A highlight of his time with Present Company was acting as  lead Community Manager for the VIVID festival.

From here, Truman was head-hunted by four time 30 Under Thirty alum, James Kozanecki, joining Wargaming ANZ as a Community Manager.

In the year since Jake has assumed the responsibilities of the (English) Social Media Management for the whole Asia-Pacific region, and has lead initiatives such as creating a regional Discord server which supports eight APAC language-based communities, as well as revising the World of Tanks game rules and code of conduct to combat toxicity both in and outside of the game.

In addition to his previous freelance work, Jake has shifted his focus to a social presence. You can quite often see him talking comics, video games, and comic-inspired video games on his blogging network of 70,000 followers.

Speaking to MCV Pacific, Jake said, “Like many of us I have aspired to work with video games as long as I have considered my career, so to finish my first full year having received this accolade alongside such talented and accomplished individuals is equally as humbling as it is motivating. I’d like to thank everyone I’ve worked with in the industry so far for their welcome, support, and guidance, plus of course a massive shout out to the ANZ World of Tanks community for inspiring me to work as hard as I have for them.”

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