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Wooga hires hires WearGa CEO Paul Virapen to kickstart its new wearable dev team

Wooga hires hires WearGa CEO Paul Virapen to kickstart its new wearable dev team

More detail has emerged about Wooga's plans for smartwatch development.

Interest was triggered when CEO Jens Begemann said at Slush 2105 said that the company wouldn't be making VR games, instead investing in smartwatches.

And to kickstart that move, Wooga has hired Paul Virapen to head up a new internal studio.

Previously with Disney Games before setting up Big Pixel Studios and more recently wearables outfit WearGa, Virapen has relocated from London to Berlin.

WearGa released Cupcake Dungeon, a critically acclaimed launch game for Apple Watch.

Audience match

As for Begemann's thinking on wearables not VR, he explained this as it relates to Wooga's casual, more female, audience of gamers.

WearGa's debut was Cupcake Dungeon

"We address a wide audience who play for short periods of time. VR is the opposite of that," he said.

"That's why we're focused on wearable. I think many more people will have smartwatches than VR headsets."

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A Pocket Gamer co-founder, Jon is Contributing Editor at PG.biz which means he acts like a slightly confused uncle who's forgotten where he's left his glasses. As well as letters and cameras, he likes imaginary numbers and legumes.

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