Ins and outs: April 2021 industry hiring roundup – Business News


Here are highlights of recent industry hirings and moves, as published in April issue of MCV/DEVELOP.

Rocksteady has two new entries to shout about, starting with Kate Watsonwho joins Rocksteady as a senior writer on suicide squad. Previously, she worked at Rare Ltd and Creative Assembly on a range of titles including Sao thieves, total war and Alien: Isolation.

Meanwhile, Lewis Williams also joins Rocksteady, as an audio programmer. Lewis previously led the audio programming team at Splash Damage, working on a variety of projects.

Conor Clarkformerly of the National Videogame Museum and the BGI, has evolved into a new role at gang beasts Boneloaf developer as marketing and communication manager.

There are even more changes to the BGI, like its founder and CEO Rick Gibson announced he was leaving the charity in July 2022. The charity is currently advertising for a new CEO based in Sheffield.

Leeds-based developer Just Add Water has three new members to its management team. The team will build on the legacy of studio co-founder Stewart Gilray, who died in January this year. First, Joel Benton joined as director of business development. Benton has over 20 years of experience, having worked for studios such as Kuju Entertainment, Sumo Digital and many more.

Second, Viktorya Hollings joined as Director of Operations. Hollings brings extensive experience leading large studios and small, niche teams, guiding them from startup growth to IPO.

Ultimately, Gilray mouthpiece joined Just Add Water as its new director. Gilray is an award-winning entrepreneur who has run her own creative and design business for 12 years. As a champion to her late husband and the entire Just Add Water team, she brings to the team her expertise in marketing, social media and entrepreneurship.

Lockwood Publishing named Jon Godard as the new Senior Director of Corporate Brand and Communications. Goddard joins the team after a three-and-a-half-year stint at Jagex where he served as Head of Corporate Communications.

Anni Valkama joined game publisher Super Rare Games as its new “head of saying things”. Although in more business terms, Valkama is the public relations and marketing assistant to Super Rare Games PR manager Ryan Brown.

Fogah bee got his first job in the games industry, joining Modern Wolf as the new social media manager. Fogah is also head of marketing at BAME in Games and is also an ambassador for Women in Games.

Georgie Christoforou has been named Into Games’ new career coordinator, having served as a CRM administrator through the Kickstart program since October.

Publisher Secret Mode has four new recruits. First, Vicky Howat joined as product marketing manager. Howat joins the team with a background in marketing and global consumer insight.

Then, in secret mode, Jack MacIndoe joins as new marketing assistant. MacIndoe first made his mark in the gaming industry as a popular Twitch streamer, partner since 2014. Since then, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees before joining the Secret Mode team.

Alison Fraser joins Secret Mode after 20 years in retail with tenures at Gamestation, GAME and ShopTo, assuming the role of Account Manager.

Ultimately, Matthew Pellet joined Secret Mode as the new public relations manager. Pellett has spent the past four years working at Dead Good PR, where he was a senior account manager and worked with clients including Larian Studios and Secret Mode!

Meanwhile, ustwo games has a number of promotions to brag about. First, Jane Campbell was promoted from studio operations to her new role as business manager. Campbell first joined Ustwo in 2010, serving as studio manager.

Next, Angel Spence-Lewisformerly a studio assistant at Ustwo, has been promoted to her new role as studio coordinator.

Always between us, Holly Pickering was hired as the studio’s new senior artist. Prior to joining Ustwo, Pickering worked as a freelancer, working with a multitude of clients, much of it helping with pre-production and prototypes.

Finally to ustwo games, Ian Zell was promoted to senior artist. Zell worked for ustwo as a 3D artist contractor, and previously worked as an animator and artist on a number of games published at King, Zynga, and Akupara Games.

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