With a long-standing reputation as a curator and independent games tastemaker, Boyer most recently raised then-record amounts through Kickstarter to launch the video game brand Venus Patrol. The brand has curated exhibitions around the world, including a multi-year partnership with LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art on HORIZON, a showcase which premiered important new work from some of gaming’s top talent.
His independent games advocacy began in 2004, at the esteemed videogame magazine Edge. There, he was among the first writers to promote the work of young student developers who would go on to create some of gaming’s most beloved properties, including Journey, World of Goo, and Portal.
Following that, Boyer partnered with the massively influential blog Boing Boing to create Offworld, a website devoted to bringing the then-burgeoning world of independent games to a much broader and more mainstream audience. That role led him to a five-year stint as the Chairman of the Independent Games Festival, the premier annual showcase of the best independent games.
At home in Austin, Boyer was one of the foundational advisors to and remains a co-organizer of Fantastic Arcade, the Alamo Drafthouse’s annual video game counterpart to their film festival, Fantastic Fest. He is also a co-founder and president of the independent games community JUEGOS RANCHEROS, where he has helped curate a monthly public games event since 2011.