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Metacore: Seven new faces at the growing Merge Mansion maker this week. Stefan Fridriksson joined as game designer from his role as head of product at Solid Clouds, having previously held senior game design roles at Rovio and CCP.

Outi Ohra-aho joins from Critical Force as game artist, Kimmo Hirvonen moves from his game design role at Ubisoft RedLynx to take up the same position at Metacore and Amar Djouad joins as concept artist, moving from Combo Breaker. Djouad has also worked at Next Games, Dreampainters and Housemarque.

Metacore’s Stefan Fridriksson, Outi Ohra-aho, Kimmo Hirvonen, Amar Djouad, Mohammed Yassir Ouali, Anni Mäkitalo and Kewalin Kiatchusak.

Former Tactile Games and Ubisoft programmer Mohammed Yassir Ouali joins Metacore as game programmer, Anni Mäkitalo is the new partnerships and community manager and Kewalin Kiatchusak has joined as admin specialist.

Homa: The French firm has appointed Michael Le Bail as its new CTO. Le Bail steps up to the role having previously served at Homa as VP of engineering and lead engineer, and previously worked at Bidmotion.

Dream Games: The Royal Match maker has appointed Anju Sethi as its new chief people officer. Sethi moves from Google where she was director of recruiting, has also worked in senior roles at King and Activision Blizzard.

Mystic Games: Voodoo’s former technical lead Oleh Mekhedok is now CTO at Mystic Games. Mekhedok has also previously worked in development roles at Bigpoint and Plarium.

Homa’s Michael Le Bail, Dream’s Anju Sethi, Mystic Games’ Oleh Mekhedok, plus Tactile’s Vilma Lahtonen, Vera Schwarz and Hannah Louise Luck.

Tactile Games: Four new recruits this week at the Lily’s Garden maker. Vilma Lahtonen joins as senior level designer from Futureplay, where she had the same title. Lahtonen also previously worked at Seriously and Frozenbyte in level design roles. Katarina Rankovic has joined as Unity developer from Ironbelly Studios, Vera Schwarz is now recruiter and Hannah Louise Luck is now talent and culture manager.

Northern Stars: Former PHZ Game Studios lead game designer Jesse Honkanen has moved to the same role at Pixel United-backed Finnish firm Northern Stars.

Papaya Gaming: Former Playtika customer retention manager Dor Sagiv is now VIP account manager at Solitaire Cash and Bubble Cash maker Papaya.

Zeptolab: The Cut the Rope maker’s new business development manager is Arda Yentür. He moves from his role as publishing manager at Moonee, and was previously publishing manager at Netmarble.

Northern Stars’ Jesse Honkanen, Papaya’s Dor Sagiv, Zeptolab’s Arda Yentür, Niantic’s Kristine Braid and A Thinking Ape’s Tayber Voyer.

Rovio: Boyan Draganov has joined as game designer from Voodoo. He has also previously worked in game design roles at TabTale and Gameloft.

Niantic: Former NaturalMotion, 22cans and Funcom producer Kristine Braid has stepped up from her role as senior producer to executive producer at the Pokémon Go maker.

A Thinking Ape: After nearly ten years at the Canadian studio Tayber Voyer has been appointed CEO. He steps up from his role as VP of product.

Nordeus: A mighty 15 new faces at the Top Eleven maker this week: Mladen Ivkov (UX designer), Jelena Pejovic (UI artist), Gavrilo Voiteski (site reliability engineer), Milorad Milic and Stefan Radojicic (game designers), Luka Nikolic (3D artist), Milos Jovanovic (technical artist), Sofia Leskov (animator), Jovana Dimitrijevic (AI engineer), Nikola Jovanovic (data engineer), Jovan Bojovic (UA specialist), Branko Cvetkovic (QA software engineer), Slobodan Nikolic (engineering manager), Hana Tegeltija (UI artist) and Ilija Stankovic (software engineer).

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