Jobs weekly: moves at Ten Square, Trailmix, Rovio, Nordisk and more


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Ten Square Games: The Fishing Clash maker has a new boss. The news was announced shortly after Ten Square confirmed it would be making 120 layoffs and closing two projects.

Andrzej Ilczuk has stepped up to become the firm’s CEO, moving from his prior role as COO. Maciej Zużałek, who has been CEO since June 2020, is stepping down in May.

Management board member Wojciech Gattner has also decided to step down from the board to dedicate all of his time to core product development.

The company will now “explore new opportunities that align with its core competencies in order to be ready for new development in an appropriate time,” it said in a statement.

Ten Square’s Andrzej Ilczuk and Maciej Zużałek, Trailmix’s James Nicholas.

Trailmix: The Love & Pies maker has a new COO: James Nicholas. He moves over from his role as Scopely product GM on titles like Tuscany Villa and Temple Run: Puzzle Adventure.

Before Scopely Nicholas led the Farm Heroes franchise at King, and has been responsible for Paradise Bay and some other unreleased projects at the Candy Crush maker. Nicholas has also written for several film and TV projects.

Rovio: The Angry Birds maker and soon-to-be Sega subsidiary has appointed Christopher Fady as its new director of product on Angry Birds 2.

Fady joins from Scopely, where he was product director on Star Trek Fleet Command, and has previously served as product director at Gameloft, business performance manager at King and senior monetisation manager in his first stint at Gameloft.

Nordisk Games: Founder Mikkel Weider has stepped down as CEO of the Star Stable and Nitro Games owner. Weider said he is going to take a breather before pursuing other opportunities.

Nordisk has begun its search for a new CEO. Allan Mathson Hansen will assume the role of interim CEO until an appointment is made.

Rovio’s Christopher Fady, Nordisk Games’ Mikkel Weider and Fractal’s Jasmine Cohen.

Fractal: Former Ironsource content director Jasmine Cohen has joined the gaming NFT firm to lead and build out its marketing efforts.

Uken Games: The Canada-based maker of the official Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Jeopardy games has appointed Kael Lazla as director of product.

Lazla joins from his role as CMO at The Tiny Digital Factory, and has previously worked as marketing and live ops director at Square Enix Mobile and in marketing at Gameloft and Behaviour Interactive.

Popcore: Former Playrix and Game Insight producer Alex Zenciks has been promoted to lead game designer, with a focus on live ops. He was previously working as senior game designer at Popcore.

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