25 year old Lebanese Khaled Abdel Rahman is on the Forbes 30 Under 30 gaming list, for his contribution to the wildly popular mobile game, Pokémon GO -and we're excited!
Unless you've been living under a rock, you would know that Pokémon GO is a game in which people venture out in to the real world to find and capture Pokémons based on the 1990's cartoon show. This game became so popular that it even caused riots and some accidents the world over.
According to The Daily Star, Abdel Rahman never imagined the game would be this popular, but always had high hopes for it.
Pokémon GO was the third most downloaded app from the Apple store last year. The game was the combination of efforts from Google, and game designers from Niantic and the Pokémon company.
Abdel Rahman was part of the Google team that was headed by Pokémon GO's lead creator, John Hanke. According to Forbes, Abdel Rahman, in addition to being project manager and Google's Cast Games, helped in the concept and design of the mobile game.
Abdel Rahman was born and raised in Lebanon, but left to study in the University of Southern California in 2012.
For the time being, he has no plans to move back to Lebanon. “I believe I can have more worldwide impact through my work [in the U.S.] than I could in Lebanon," he told The Daily Star.