Please welcome Mike Thompson — Inside Social Games’ new Lead Writer

Inside Social Games is pleased to announce Mike Thompson as our new lead writer. He joins us most recently from video game industry publication The Escapist to focus on the business of social games here at ISG.

Mike earned his undergraduate degrees in Advertising, Journalism and Photography from Northern Arizona University. Aside from news stories on The Escapist, you may have seen his bylines on Gamezebo and Ars Technica where he covered mobile games and a broad range of PC titles, respectively. His investigative articles on web game Envoy last year are a great read for social game developers looking to avoid a nightmare bad-press situation.

We hope Mike finds a happy home here at ISG. He joins up at an interesting time — Zynga is publicly traded, Google+ is expanding its social games platform, everyone wants in on i-gaming, clones and “fast follow” games are hot button issues and social games are now more widely accepted by the broader video game industry than ever before. Read his first ISG article here.