Casey Thomas CEO & Founder
Dark Shadow Studio

Casey is an active member in local development communities, showcasing and speaking at conferences, and introducing non-endemic brands and organisations to the opportunities available through the emerging world of esports.

Casey and the team have since debuted Drone Legion internationally at GDC in the US in 2016 and 2018, while becoming familiar faces in Melbourne and Ballarat, showcasing the game on shows like ABC’s Good Game and Nine News, Melbourne’s largest events including Technology & Gadget Expo, Melbourne’s First Esport Open, AFL’s League of Origin Grand Final, Future Assembly and Australia’s biggest gaming event PAX Aus. Casey also speaks at many events and conferences – Events Horizon, Get Into Games (GIG), Game Developer Meetups, 2018 EGAA Conference, Pivot Summit – Melbourne.

Casey is an industry professional and leader thriving in the esports community, hosting tournaments and involving herself with students as an educator at Ballarat’s Technology School, inspiring and engaging with young people about the opportunities in STEM and games development using UE4.

Get in touch to have her speak at your next conference and event!


Etihad Stadium Esports tournament.
Drone Legion was nominated twice in the Australian Game Awards for Best Esport Title and Best Sports/Racing game.Games Development Conference (GDC, San Francisco).

Melbourne’s first Technology & Gadget Show.
Melbourne’s PAX Aus.
Melbourne’s Future Assembly.
Get into Games week GIG.
Melbourne’s first Esport Open.
AFL’s League of Origin Grand final.

Speaking & Conferences

ABC’s Good Game GDC special.
Another year of PAX. Hackathon Queen
PC Tech Reviews
Speaker Events Horizon.
Launch Vic. Smart Company.
Tathra Street Podcast
Student project Ashlyn Hall. Virtual Reality.

Melbourne International Games Week MIGW.
Local and national Nine News.
Guest speaker at GIG.
EGAA Esports conference. EGAA
Guest speaker at the Ballarat VR forum.
The Ballarat Courier – Up & Away. Racing Goes Viral. Join the Legion. New world of gaming. High School Esports.

Guest speak at Ballarat’s first game dev meetup.
Melbourne’s Develop Pacific 30 under 30’s.
Ballarat’s first High School Esport tournament.