It can be difficult to keep track of the different back and forth in the games industry, which is why we compile them into semi-regular roundups.
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Jen MacLean | Microsoft Managing Director of Game Creator Partnerships
Former IGDAF Executive Director Jen MacLean joined Microsoft as Managing Director of Game Creator Partnerships.
MacLean previously served as Global Business Development Manager for Small and Mid-Sized Developers at Amazon from 2019 to 2021.
From 2008 to 2012, she worked in 38 Studios, as CEO from 2009.
She officially announced her new role at Microsoft via LinkedIn.
“I am delighted to share that I have started a new adventure today with the Xbox Gaming Ecosystem Organization,” MacLean said in an announcement of her new role.
“As GM of Creator Partnerships, I lead the team responsible for third party business development and account management on Xbox platforms. And as a longtime gamer, I can’t think of a better way to help developers around the world create the very best gaming experiences and build successful businesses. “
Naz Aletaha | Global Head of League of Legends Esports
Former Head of Global Esports Partnerships and Business Development at Riot Games, Naz Aletaha has been promoted to Global Head of League of Legends Esports. Aletaha has been with the company for almost a decade. Aletaha was previously Head of Retail Marketing at Activision Blizzard before she left in 2012. She first joined the company as a Retail Marketing Analyst in 2007.
“Naz’s impact at Riot Games has been impressive for a decade, with eight of those years leading esports business development efforts as part of our leadership team,” said the global head of Riot Games esport, John Needham.
“Her tireless efforts, business acumen and passion for our game, our fans, partners and players make her the perfect person to lead us into the next decade of LoL Esports.”
Casey Baltes | Vice President of Tribeca Games and Tribeca Immersive
Casey Baltes has been named vice president of Tribeca Games and Tribeca Immersive.
Baltes has been part of the Tribeca Film Festival since 2011, in 2017 she served as the producer of the Tribeca Game Festival until 2020. She was mainly Vice President of Tribeca Games.
“I am grateful to [CEO and co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Festival] Jane Rosenthal and Tribeca for continually pushing the boundaries by believing that games and immersion can shape the future of storytelling and our connection to each other, ”said Baltes.
“I look forward to building on the incredible work that Loren Hammonds has done over the past 14 years and will continue to explore how we can be a home for the entire interactive community.”
Other recent industry appointments include:
Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz | Untitled MMO, Riot Games
Previously: Quest Director, CD Projekt Red
Stefan Lampinen | Board of Directors, Outplay Entertainment
Previously: Managing Director, Game Advisor
Ryan Crosby | Publishing President, Riot Games
Previously: Head of Global Entertainment and Consumer Products Marketing, Riot Games
Wade Penfold | Vice-president of esport, Torrent
Previously: Director of Electronic Sports, Wisdom Gaming
Mari Takahashi | co-owner, Spacestation Gaming
Previously: Host and Writer, Smosh
Sam Sadeghi | Vice President of Global Sales, CI Games
Previously: Sales Manager, Sega
Chip Lange | President, HiDef
Previously: Chief Digital Officer, The Revival House
Jen Donahoe | Head of Publishing and Marketing, HiDef
Previously: Marketing and Growth Manager, Riot Games
Chad Stafford | Executive Producer, HiDef
Previously: Senior Director of Product Management, Emerging Artist Network
Chris Cleary | Director of Product Marketing and Analytics, HiDef
Previously: Gameplay Analysis Manager, SciPlay
Stewart Neal | Studio Director of Sumo India Studios
Previously: Director of External Content, Sumo Digital
Kerry Rizzo | Head of Content and Communication, Sumo Digital
Previously: Senior Communication Manager, nDreams
Tom Clayton | Environmental artist, Sumo Digital
Previously: Junior Environmental Artist, Sumo Digital
Sandrine Neill | Junior light artist, Sumo Digital
Previously: Lighting Designer, Playground Games
Megan Clarke | Social Media Coordinator, Sumo Digital
Previously: Marketing Assistant, Blue Strawberry Elephant
Daniel Hagues | IT Support Analyst, Sumo Digital
Previously: Software Support Engineer, PrimarySite Limited
Connor Coombes | Design and Production Recruiter, Sumo Digital
Previously: Digital Marketing Acquisition Consultant, Separate Recruitment
Davide Volonnino | Game programmer, Sumo Digital
Previously: Game Programmer, Milestone
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