Bonfire is a new studio founded by an experienced team of dreamers, architects, storytellers, and dungeon masters. We are united in the belief that games are best when shared with friends, and we are dedicated to creating games and immersive worlds that bring players closer together. Skill and experience are only part of our puzzle – an adventurous spirit, a commitment to excellence and a passion for iteration unite and drive us all at Bonfire.
Hyun got a degree in fine art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where his interest in kinetic and interactive art led him to explore programming as an artistic tool. After his animated short was featured at SIGGRAPH, ILM recruited him to the character design team on Star Wars Episode 2. He worked on movies such as Harry Potter, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon, until his lifelong interest in games prompted a fan letter to Kojima Productions and an opportunity to work on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. He has since worked at Riot games and Respawn, and has joined Bonfire for the adventure and joy of building something from the ground up. Learn more about Hyun's career in film.
He always loved GMing for tabletop RPGs, and seeing his players' reactions in real time had a huge impact on his player-first design philosophy. He got his start writing for White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade, but then moved to designing games across multiple genres, from strategy games like Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2, to open-world shooters like Far Cry 3. He returned to RPGs on his last gig as Game Director on Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. Josh GMs our weekly D&D games. Read more about his tabletop design philosophy.
A win in a Tetris programming contest landed him his first industry job handling multi-player and networking for Dark Reign: The Future of War. He never suspected that would bring him to the US for a 16 year career leading the engineering team for Battle.net, connecting players on every Blizzard game from Diablo II to Overwatch. At Bonfire, he’s looking forward to finding new ways to connect players and create communities. Learn why Matthew's favorite food is beets.
Megan had one major career aspiration as a 5 year old: to be a butler. While she never attained the title officially, it exemplified her desire to forge strong bonds with others and help them succeed. Her operational kung-fu was developed as the right hand of numerous dynamic and creative leaders, most recently during her nine year role at Blizzard Entertainment, where she designed the administrative organization and supported several executives including the CEO. This is how Megan’s journey shaped her for a spot at the Bonfire.
His first programming job was creating code for CNC machines, but it was his time on the competitive gaming team No Escape that led to a job QA testing Pariah at Digital Extremes, and then to Silicon Knights as a programmer on Too Human. He got a job at Blizzard when he walked into the recruiting booth at BlizzCon and handed in his resume. During his time there, he got to work on StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and Legacy of the Void, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and many of the social interaction systems on Battle.net. Find out more about Michael's competitive gaming.
Min immigrated to NYC from Seoul in 1984 where he developed his love for all things 80s - including cartoons, music, long hair, and games. When it came time to grow up, Min chopped his hair and suited up for Wall Street. Fortunately, the universe intervened and Min began his colorful career at Nexon - working on MapleStory and eventually serving as Nexon America’s CEO. Now he’s bringing his experience and passion to our small, close knit teams at Bonfire. Needless to say, he has grown his hair back. Find out what Min loves most about the 80's.
Morgan grew up loving games, and was lucky enough to turn this interest into a 15 year career in the industry. She started out covering tech, but spent most of her career as a reviewer, journalist, and television producer covering the world of video games. She also hosted the long running television show X-Play, where she was able to learn about the industry from the developers themselves. She is excited to bring her production experience, her love of games, and her high-elf ranger to Bonfire Studios. Follow her path to Bonfire.
Growing up, Nick went to see Star Wars - and was immediately obsessed with the detailed worlds created by nothing but the human imagination. When he started at Blizzard at 20, he brought this love to the art, characters, and worlds of Warcraft III, StarCraft: Brood War, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III. As VP of Art and Cinematics, he moved his craft to the big screen in the World of Warcraft movie. At Bonfire Studios, he will help define our vision with the detailed worlds he’s known for. Learn about Nick's origin story.
Rachel is fascinated with problems at the intersection of the technical and the creative, and has been obsessed with all games digital, physical, and conversational since before she can remember. She studied computer science and creative writing at the University of Chicago before snagging a masters in computer graphics at the University of Pennsylvania - where she also taught a course on procedural graphics and creative coding techniques. Rachel can most often be found daydreaming about games, asking questions, doodling on whiteboards, or obsessively folding origami. See more of her creations, and learn about her journey to Bonfire.
Rob’s love of game design started when he was introduced to D&D with his elementary school friends. Designing campaigns for his friends showed him the power of games to bring people closer together. During his professional career, he led the design of Starcraft: Brood War, World of Warcraft and Warcraft III. As Chief Creative Officer at Blizzard, he served as the Executive Producer for Diablo III and Hearthstone. Bonfire is the next phase of his journey to deepen and enrich friendships through gameplay. Learn more about Rob's path to Bonfire Studios.
He was that kid who took everything apart to see how it worked, so it was inevitable that he would try to figure out how to make the video games he loved. When he took his first computer programming course, his career path was set. He has worked as a game, tools, and engine programmer at Insomniac Games, Blizzard Entertainment, and Riot Games on titles such as Ratchet & Clank and Diablo 3. Sam was also a co-founder of Booyah, creator of several top iOS and Facebook games. Learn more about Sam's journey.
A traditionally trained painter from China, he was inspired by his love of Warcraft 3 to try digital video game illustration. He had never drawn on a computer before, but with practice he posted some work online - and got a call from Blizzard. He did freelance work on World of Warcraft until they brought him to the U.S. to work full time. Now he’s looking to create something entirely new at Bonfire Studios. You can see his art here on our website or on his personal pages. Follow Wei's path from traditional oil painter to digital game illustrator.