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Doug McCracken is now heading up marketing for a16z’s Games Fund One after a seven-year stint at Supercell.
He said of his new role on Twitter: “I’ve been lucky to work with and learn from amazing teams at Supercell, Riot and Activision…I’ve focused my career on bringing new games to players everywhere. Whether Guitar Hero, Skylanders, Clash Royale or Brawl Stars, I love the challenge of taking games from 0 to 1.”
“Games have become a driving force in culture and constant innovation is transforming the way we play,” he continued. “I look forward to helping our incredible portfolio companies bring the next generation of games to players around the world.”
Netflix-owned Next Games has just hired Reko Ukko from Best Fiends maker Seriously as chief creative officer. Ukko was among the co-founders at Seriously, and also previously led game design at NaturalMotion in Oxford and helped ship games at Remedy, Digital Chocolate and Bugbear.
At Activision Blizzard, Cathy Magnien has stepped up to become Hearthstone and mobile publishing director for EMEA. Magnien joined Activision Blizzard as associate franchise director for Hearthstone in January, having previously led App Store and Apple Arcade marketing at Apple’s London office. She has also held marketing roles at Bethesda and EA Mobile.
Over at in-game ads firm Anzu.io, Jürgen Goeldner has been appointed as strategic advisor. Veteran Goeldner has previously worked at publishers like Square Enix, Eidos, THQ and Focus Entertainment, where he served as CEO from 2018 to 2020.
René Rhéaume has joined Product Madness as senior product manager, moving over from Playtika, where he most recently served as senior project manager.
At King, former Nexters lead product analyst Dmitriy Aksenov has just started a new role as business performance manager, My Nilermark is now HR business partner and Jennifer Domingo is now corporate and internal global comms assistant.
Going the other way is Daniel Borrego Gallardo, who has left King for a new role as Hutch’s new marketing artist. Gallardo has previously worked as art director at VSP Games and Zinkia Entertainment.
Elsewhere, Meric Atesalp has stepped up a notch to senior product manager at Tilting Point, and Roman Petrov has joined Tag Games as backend engineer from Escape from Tarkov maker Battlestate Games.
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