Every week, mobilegamer.biz brings you the latest on who’s moving where. So let’s get into it:
Activision Blizzard president and COO Daniel Alegre is stepping down at the end of Q1 2023 to take on a “new, external opportunity”, he says on his LinkedIn. He’s a former Googler who spent over 16 years at the tech giant. [EDIT: Web3 firm Yuga Labs – most famous for its Bored Ape and Cryptopunk NFTs – just announced Alegre will be taking over as its CEO in Q1 2023. “Daniel’s deep experience across gaming, e-commerce, and partnerships will bring significant value to the company as we look to build on our web3 leadership with the launch of our Otherside gamified metaverse,” it said on LinkedIn.]
Bandai Namco Mobile has hired Nacho Maure as 3D animator. Maure moves over from Socialpoint, where he held a similar role.
Tamara Momirov has returned to Tilting Point as legal and privacy VP, after a stint at Meta as lead counsel for privacy.
Sayed Mohammad Hosseini is now senior game designer at Zynga-owned Gram Games, moving from his role as technical lead at Papata on battle royale game Ring of War. Gram has also hired Ece Yalım as UX/UI design intern.
A couple of promotions at Rollic: Rızgar Baytar has stepped up to senior monetisation manager, and Tuna Sezener is now senior game manager.
At King, Karine Khudaverdyan has taken up a role as QA software engineer, and Stephanie McDermott has moved from betting firm Bally’s Interactive to serve as senior player insight manager.
Gamesindustry.biz news editor Danielle Partis is leaving the trade site for a new opportunity in the new year. Partis is a former editor of pocketgamer.biz and influencerupdate.biz.
And finally – as you may have seen already elsewhere – John Carmack has quit his role at Meta heading up its Oculus division citing frustrations with company hierarchy and bureaucracy, and Blizzard veteran Chris Metzen has returned to the company as an advisor to the World of Warcraft team.