An ironic new president and numerous acquisitions mark this week in job moves.
Kojima Productions, founded by Metal Gear game designer, Hideo Kojima after departing Konami under difficult circumstances, announced a fun twist. The company has appointed Shinji Hirano, who was president of Konami’s North and South America operations, as its president. The company is currently developing Death Stranding, featuring actors Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and Mads Mikkelsen (Doctor Strange; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
Dovetail Games, which specializes in simulation games such as Train Simulator and Microsoft Flight Simulator, has hired two former EA executives—Lizzie Wilding and Simon Bull—to its senior management team. Wildling is taking the role of VP of publishing while Bull will oversee Dovetail’s flight franchises as flight business director.
Glu Mobile has formally acquired Quiz Up developer, Plain Vanilla, and the studio’s CEO, Nick Earl will join Glu’s board. Glu invested $7.5 million in the company earlier this year, and part of the deal was that then Glu CEO, Niccolo de Masi was to join the studio’s board of directors. Additionally, Glu was given the option to acquire Plain Vanilla after 15 months, which was obviously shortened.
Asian game company, Netmarble announced that it has acquired Kabam’s Vancouver studio, gaining it the highly successful game, Marvel Contest of Champions and Transformers: Forged to Fight, which is expected to launch next year. In a statement given to GamesIndustry.biz, Kabam said that it was exploring the option of selling the remainder of its studios, including its Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing locations, to Netmarble.
Atlus, which was acquired by Sega earlier this year, announced that it was expanding by opening Studio Zero. Led by Katsura Hashino, the previous director of the game, Persona 5.
Swedish mobile game publisher, MAG Interactive, has named Magnus Wiklander as the company’s chief financial officer. After working with Widespace, the mobile advertising expert, for five years, Wiklander will use his knowledge and experience to optimize the company’s internal operations and achieve the ongoing global growth.
Starbreeze, makers of the Payday games and John Wick Chronicles, has agreed to acquire 90.5 percent of Dhruva Interactive—one of the biggest game companies in India, specializing in art production. Some of Dhruva’s recent work includes art production for numerous Xbox One games, including Halo 5: Guardians, Forza Horizon 3, Quantum Break and the upcoming Sea of Thieves. Dhruva will continue to operate under its own brand and is free to work with other clients while doing the art production for Starbreeze’s projects such as Overkill’s The Walking Dead. Additionally, Starbreeze will offer Dhruva’s services to its publishing partners.
Twitter’s CTO, Adam Messinger is leaving the social media company after almost four years in the role. Additionally, the company’s VP of product, Josh McFarland, also announced that he will be leaving to join venture capital firm, Greylock Partners.
Amazon Studios revealed that it has hired former Tribeca Film Festival director, Genna Terranova for its virtual reality initiative. However, the company has not commented on what Terranova’s role will be or what its VR plans are.
Penske Media Corp promoted Deadline publisher Stacey Farish to the role of chief revenue officer and general manager of Deadline and its sister sites, TVLine and Gold Derby.
The head of Maker Studios, Courtney Holt, has stepped down to assume the role of EVP of media and strategy at Disney. Andrew Sugerman, the EVP of the division’s Content and Media area, will now oversee the studio. Maker, which was moved to Disney’s consumer products and interactive media (DCPI) division last year, was recently shifted to a different area of the division.
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