New hires in mobile games: GREE, OUYA and more

Hiring in the mobile apps sector was down significantly this week with 48 new hires overall between 16 companies. Based on information from LinkedIn and other sources, GREE reported the most activity with 12 new hires. The highest-profile hire of the week was Roy Bahat who joined OUYA as Chairman of the Board. Bahat previously served for five years as President of IGN Entertainment.

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If you want to know who else is hiring, the Inside Network Job Board showcases current openings with the industry’s leading companies.

5th Planet Games

  • Miles Deponty, Associate Producer — Deponty graduated from the Art Institute of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science (BS), Game Art & Design.

EA PopCap Games

  • EunJin Suh, Lead Animator — Suh was an animator at DreamWorks Animation.


  • Adam Frank, Manager, Systems Engineering — Frank was systems engineer, site operations manager at Meta Interfaces.
  • Henderson Chao, Senior QA Engineer — Chao graduated from San Jose State University.


  • Elizabeth Sandra, B2C Marketing Project Manager (Indonesia & ANZ) — Sandra was marketing & business development executive at Forest Interactive Sdn. Bhd.
  • Zhulieta Blazheva, Game Monetization Manager — Blazheva was formerly junior campaign manager, CRM Department at Mobiltel.


  • Gino Whitehall, Sr Concept Artist — Whitehall was a concept artist at Blizzard Entertainment.
  • Charlie Stabb, Director, Platform — Stabb was previously design director Artefact.
  • Justin Allen, UI Designer — Allen was formerly UI artist at Tinyco.
  • Brian Torrence, Player Experience Specialist — Torrence worked technical support at OnLive.
  • Shafaq Abdullah, Principal Software Engineer — Abdullah comes to GREE from Zenprise where he was principal, group director.
  • James Hou, Game Studio – Senior Engineer – Backend Server — Hou was senior software engineer at Cisco Systems.
  • Kenji Bliss, Concept Artist 2D — Bliss was previously a concept artist at Zynga.
  • Jason Parkyn, Associate Game Designer (contract) — Parkyn was formerly Office of Marketing and External Relations Assistant at UC Davis School of Law.
  • Frank Palinkis, Technical Writer — Palinkis worked as Sr. Technical Writer, Core Engineering Technologies at Google Motorola Mobility Inc.
  • Leah Bancroft, UI Designer — Bancroft was previously UI artist at Tinyco.
  • Terence Sperringer, Jr. Games Integration Engineer – Sales Engineer — Sperringer was previously staff programmer at Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center.
  • Carmine Red, Game Integration Engineer- Sales Engineer — Red was previously SDK engineer at Namco Bandai Games America Inc.


  • Sreeraj Arakkal, Sofware Engineer — Arakkal was CEO of Kriyate.
  • Deepak Pandey, Software Development Engineer — Pandey was a software development engineer at Cisco Systems before joining InMobi.


  • Kiron Ramdewar, Outsourcing Coordinator — Ramdewar was previously community editor at Brain-Media.
  • Stefan Holmes, Software Engineer — Holmes graduated graduated with his PhD in Astrophysics.
  • Chris Williams, GUI Artist — Williams was previously Snr UI designer at SEGA in Brisbane.
  • Lucy Gill, Financial Controller — Gill was Audit Manager at PWC.
  • Adrienne Third, Graphic & Web Designer — Third joins NaturalMotions from the Plain English Agency.
  • Will Newell, Outsourcing Coordinator — Newell completed his BSc at Northumbria University.
  • Javier Calet, Tech Programmer — Calet comes to the company from Geniaware in Barcelona.
  • Alex Parker, Programmer — Parker worked at Rare.


  • Roy Bahat, Chairman of the Board — Bahat served for five years as President of IGN Entertainment.
  • Steve Chamberlin software development lead — Chamberlin comes from Trion Worlds, where he teamed with CEO Lars Buttler on development of the MMO game RIFT.
  • Raffi Bagdasarian, software product development – platform services and user experience — Bagdasarian recently served as vice president, product development at Sony Pictures Television’s Digital Networks Group.


  • Natalia Salonen, Senior Key Account Manager (Russia,CIS & Baltic) — Salonen  was partner, senior consultant at IVSEP.
  • Janne Toivoniemi, Marketing Planner — Toivoniemi was formerly UX-designer, competence Lead at Luxus.
  • Renato Kern, Category Manager – Food, Drinks & Novelty Toys — Kern was co-founder & creative strategist uDrops.
  • Joonas Virtanen, Key Account Manager — Virtanen was previously account manager at White Sheep.


  • Nathan Hills, Designer — Hills was a freelance creative designer.


  • Bryan Young, Game Artist — Young worked as lead artist at Metamoki, Inc.

Tap for Tap

  • Ryan Gerhardt, VP of Business Development — Gerhardt was Director of Mobile Business Development at Neverblue.


  • Matthew Nguyen, Software Engineer — Nguyen was formerly project manager at Global Electronic Technology, Inc.


  • Mustafa Ari, VP, Business Development and Sales — Ari was group coordinator, business development and sales at Innova.


  • Ann Nguyen, Business Development Associate — Nguyen worked as a computer lab consultant at UC Davis.


  • Thomas James Kinniburgh, Product Manager — Kinniburgh worked as a producer at Chillingo previously.
  • Adam Lindberg, Engineer — Lindberg worked as a programmer at Netlight Consulting before joining wooga.
  • Donald Hutchison, Engineer — Hutchison was a software developer at Huzutech.
  • Adam Telfer, Product Manager — Telfer was previously VP game development at XMG.
  • Alexander Averboukh, Engineer — Averboukh worked for Word Bandit as a flash engineer.
  • Tom-Colin Horn, Junior Game Designer — Horn previously worked at Bigpoint, also as a junior game designer.
  • Dario Quondamstefano, Localization QA Analyst — Quondamstefano previously worked as a localization test lead at Enzyme Testin Lab.
  • Armin Feistenauer, Data Engineer — Feistenauer worked at wooga before as an intern.