Welcome to our new regular weekly article where we round-up the week's big movers and shakers in the mobile games industry.
We’ll also be linking to handy jobs-related articles and identifying the top job opportunities in the sector.
Check out last week's big movers and vacancies here.
Movers, shakers and job opportunities
Don’t forget you can check out our official jobs board for vacancies in the mobile games business. We’ve also published a list of companies currently hiring, which we update each month, available right here.
We’ve got some exciting news to share at Steel Media: we’ve hired two new staff writers!
Iain Harris has joined the PocketGamer.biz team full-time to write the breaking news and big interviews all about the mobile games business. He has previously written for publications such as Esports News UK, VG247, Game Guiders, Edinburgh Evening News and others.
Louise Saul will write articles for PocketGamer.biz, as well as our other B2B sites that include PCGamesInsider.biz, InfluencerUpdate.biz, TheVirtualReport.biz and our exciting new website set to launch very soon!
She already has a wealth of journalism experience writing for media such as Vice, Comic Book Resources, Nintendo Life, MyM Magazine and Technology Networks.
PocketGamer.biz deputy editor Ric Cowley (main image, centre) meanwhile has been promoted to the editor of our consumer site PocketGamer.com. He’ll be leading the editorial direction there and shepherding in a new-look for the website set to launch later this year.
Angry Birds developer Rovio has shut down its new London studio just over a year after it opened.
The UK branch, headed up by Mark Sorrell, was revealed during Pocket Gamer Connects london 2017 and had been working on a brand new massively multiplayer IP.
However following a recent profit warning for the company the studio has now been closed in a decision that will result in seven job losses.
It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you the @rovio London Studio is going to close. Sad times for us, but I look back with genuine pride at my time with these talented and kind people. Been quite a ride. pic.twitter.com/EYxO3ZZmaA
As part of wider changes at the company, Rovio’s head of games Wilhelm Taht has left his position with immediate effect due to “personal reasons”. He had been with the company for over three years and spearheaded the company's pivot to free-to-play.
CEO Kati Levoranta will temporarily take on the role following Taht’s departure.
UK studio Hutch Games continues to expand with three new recruits
Growing London-based Top Drives developer Hutch Games has made a trio of new hires across a range of professions.
Chiao-Hsien Lin (below image, right) has joined the studio as community specialist, where she’ll be responsible for taking technical queries from players about their game experience and bugs. Lin has previously worked at games companies such as Space Ape and G5 Entertainment.
Esther Hong (below image, centre) has been hired as a UI artist, working on new projects while also supporting titles already live. Hong holds an animation degree and has spent five years working on the South Korea games industry at companies such as developer and publisher Zepetto.
Evyatar Amitay (above image, left) meanwhile has been recruited as a gameplay programmer to work on an unannounced title. Amitay joins from another London games company, Improbable, where he worked on SpatialOS. Other credits include Fractured Space developer Edge Case Games and Fable Fortune publisher Mediatonic.
Zynga gave the greenlight to a full launch of India-focused mobile game Rangoli Rekha: Color Match release this week. As the publisher targets growth in the burgeoning market, it's hiring a game designer in Bangalore.
Interested in monetisation and looking to get a start in games? Hamburg-based developer Goodgame Studios is hiring a 'working student' in monetisation, where successful applicants will assist with data analysis, data-driven decision making and summarising results.
Finland studio Small Giant Games has been in the headlines recently after picking up $41 million in funding. The studio currently has a vacancy for a lead game designer.
Cambridge-based Lightseekers developer PlayFusion specialises in toys-to-life and AR projects, and its currenty got a vacancy open for marketing manager - publishing.
You may have heard of games like Pokemon Go and the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. As developer Niantic continues to expand at a rate of knots, it's opened up 29 positions across the US, Japan and Germany.
The Finnish developer behind The Walking Dead: No Man's Land and upcoming AR title The Walking Dead: Our World has 16 jobs available right now and it's also taking open applications to boot.
The Top Eleven studio, based in Belgrade, Serbia, has 17 openings across professions such as art, engineering, community, marketing, game design and HR.
The Danish outfit responsible for hit mobile title Subway Surfers has 14 job vacancies open across art, design, production, marketing, game engineering and backend engineering roles.
Turkey's Peak Games, which has developed hit mobile titles such as Toy Blast and Toon Blast, has 10 positions open at the studio.