PlayFusion CEO joins BAFTA VR Advisory Group
PlayFusion CEO and CTO Mark Gerherd has been elected to the BAFTA VR Advisory Group as part of the firm's recently announced partnership with the academy.
"We're honoured to partner with BAFTA, the hallmark for eminence within the creative industries," said Mark Gerhard, CEO and CTO of PlayFusion. "BAFTA has always celebrated innovation and excellence within the entertainment universe and our union with BAFTA will help accelerate the awareness and adoption of new technologies and innovations available to consumers."
Sports Interactive names Matt Carroll COO
Industry veteran Matt Carroll has accepted the newly-formed position of COO at Sports Interactive.
Having spent 17 years in senior management roles at Disney, Carroll has now joined the studio behind the hugely popular Football Manager franchise. His appointment comes amidst a string of new promotions, which includes long-serving employee Marc Duffy taking a new senior management position.
"It is an incredible opportunity," said Carroll. "[Sports Interactive] has a lot of very good stuff here. It has very capable people, an incredible product and community that follows it. So anything that will be built will be built on strong foundations. But obviously the future will be changing, it will be more competitive, there will be new technologies, the world of football is changing. It is a moving feast. That's exciting."
Eight new directors on the board at Square Enix
Square Enix management has eight new board members, including Nier Automata producer Yosuke Saito.
Joining Saito on the board of directors are Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood director Naoki Yoshida; producer for the forthcoming Final Fantasy VII remake Yoshinori Kitase; Final Fantasy series brand manager Shinji Hashimoto; and Katamari Damacy composer Yuu Miyake.
Additionally appoitned board members include Hirokazu Nishikado, Michihiro Sasaki, and Kazuharu Watanabe.
Current directors Keiji Honda and Yukinobu Chida will resign from their position as directors on March 31, and the new board members will take up their roles on April 1.
Rovio's games business unit head leaves company
Wilhelm Taht, the head of the games business unit at Rovio, will leave his position due to personal reasons.
Taht will leave Rovio with immediate effect, and CEO Kati Levoranta will for the time being also assume the role of head of Games.
"After three and a half amazing years, working with some of the best games teams in the world, it's time to pass the hoodie and move on," said Taht.
"Over the last two years we have seen an astonishing change in our games when moving towards running our games as services and truly transitioned our games business to Free to Play.
"I will never forget that journey and the learnings I have been blessed with as Head of Games. I want to thank Rovio Leadership, Board of Directors and above all the whole kick-ass Games team for putting your faith in me."
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Wargaming veteran launches own PR company
After working for Wargaming for the last eight years, Frazer Nash has announced the launch of his own company, Frazer Nash Communications and PR.
Having been part of the UK launch for World of Tanks, World of Warships, and World of Warplanes, Nash has worked to establish Wargaming's relationships with museums including the Bovington Tank Museum, the RAF museum, and the Royal Navy Museum
"It's now time for a change," he said. "I want to get back to being able to pick and choose which titles and projects I want to work with. I have been very lucky during my 26 years in this industry... I am keen to reignite my connections to other areas too such as comics and films and working with my favourite festival SCI FI London. I haven't been able to devote much time to these during the last few years, that needs to change."
New strategy manager at King
Mobile developer King has hired Ben Bateman as its new strategy manager.
Previously Bateman held user acquisition roles at both Zynga and Natural Motion. Before that, he worked in community management at Green Man Gaming, Square Enix, Codemasters, and Realtime Worlds.
New community manager at Bungie
After serving as acting community manager for several months, Dylan Gafner has been officially adopted into the role by Bungie.
Gafner joined Bungie in 2015 as part of the Destiny player support team. Since then he has been described a "tireless translator on the border between players and developers".
"I'm extremely grateful that this new opportunity as community manager is a chance for me to give back to a community that I've known through fourteen years of gameplay, friendship, laughter, and ridiculous fun," he said.