Washington University in St. Louis alum Sam Coster (BS ’12) received some love from The Riverfront Times recently for his game studio Butterscotch Shenanigans.

The University City-based startup is one of St. Louis’ fastest growing independent game studios. Its early hit, Crashers, was selected by Time magazine as one of the best video games in 2016.  More recently, its latest game, Levelhead, was showcased at Microsoft XBox’s X019 London.

A group of five people pose for a photo wearing Butterscotch Shenanigans tshirts
Sam Coster, left, and his Butterscotch Shenanigans team.

Coster founded Butterscotch Shenanigans with his brothers, Seth and Adam. None of them have degrees in computer science or design: Sam’s degree from WashU is in psychology, for example. But the brothers are using their diverse skill set (one studied law and the other, cellular and molecular biology) to develop what Coster describes in the article as “acquired powers.”

It’s true the gaming scene here doesn’t match that of San Francisco or Seattle. However, Coster notes that St. Louis proves a flourishing innovation hub can exist in a Midwestern city. He points to St. Louis’ rapidly growing startup scene with its pool of talented students and tech workers as a boon for expanding game studios in the region.

Read the full article in The Riverfront Times.