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Kabam restructures studio management as ex-EA exec Nick Earl departs

Kabam restructures studio management as ex-EA exec Nick Earl departs

Kabam’s management structure has seen a shift in the past few days.

Firstly, former EA executive Nick Earl has announced his resignation as president of worldwide studios.

He announced the news in a blog post that highlighted his “mixed feelings” of moving on following a year that saw the launch of four AAA mobile games: Marvel Contest of Champions, Fast & Furious: Legacy, Spirit Lords, and Star Wars: Uprising.

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“I fully support this direction and the focus on creating mobile games like Marvel Contest of Champions and Star Wars: Uprising,” Earl said.

“Given this new direction and considering the experienced, talented leadership at the Group GM level, I have decided that Kabam is not the right place for me at this point in my career.

“So, today is my last day with the company. I remain very excited about Kabam’s future and I believe the Studio leadership is in great hands moving forward.”

Meanwhile, CEO Kevin Chou wrote another blog announcing the promotions of two other executives, Mike Verdu and Aaron Loeb, who will now head up game development.

Verdu is now president of Kabam Studios and chief creative officer. Having previously held the latter position at Zynga, Verdu joined Kabam in January 2015 with a portfolio that includes games like CastleVille, Empires & Allies and Command & Conquer.

Loeb was formerly a VP at EA and will now also serve as president of Kabam studios.

“I have said it before and will repeat it: Kabam has the best leadership team in the mobile gaming business,” Chou said.

“Aaron Loeb and Mike Verdu are bona fide industry luminaries with proven leadership experience. We have more than 800 employees around the world with more than 1,000 years of experience developing triple-A quality games.”


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