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Mobile games jobs weekly: Former Sumo director joins Supercell, Microsoft acquires Zenimax, and Snap Games snaps up more

Mobile games jobs weekly: Former Sumo director joins Supercell, Microsoft acquires Zenimax, and Snap Games snaps up more

Welcome to our new and improved regular article where we round-up the week's big movers and shakers across the mobile games industry.

The focus of this weekly article will be to compile all of the big job appointments and departures in one easy to read place, alongside some standouts from our own jobs board and some useful articles for those job seeking at this time.

You can also catch up with all of the job news from last week right here.

Movers and Shakers

Snap Games sharpens up with hires from Kongregate and Facebook

Snap Inc. has hired two new executives for its multiplayer gaming platform Snap Games.

The company has appointed Panayoti Haritatos as the head of Snap Games. In his new position, Haritatos will be responsible for the continued growth of the games division and its platform strategy.

Former Sega and Sumo Digital director James Back joins Supercell

Former Sumo Digital product director James Back has joined Supercell as a data scientist.

The appointment was announced via Back's LinkedIn profile, showing that he will now be relocating to Helsinki to take up the new position.

Roblox welcomes Andrea Wong to its board of directors

Roblox has welcomed media industry veteran Andrea Wong to its board of directors.

Most recently, Wong served as the president of international at Sony, which involved her overseeing 18 production companies as part of Sony Pictures Television.

Ubisoft veteran Michel Ancel has quit the games industry

Games development veteran Michel Ancel has revealed that he is leaving the industry.

Ancel is best known for creating the Rayman series, which debuted back in 1995, as well as 2003's Beyond Good & Evil.

Acquisitions

Microsoft acquires ZeniMax Media and Bethesda for $7.5 billion

Microsoft is set to acquire ZeniMax Media and its games publishing arm Bethesda Softworks.

The Xbox creator will pay $7.5 billion in cash to acquire ZeniMax. However, the deal is not expected to close until the second half of the 2021 fiscal year and is subject to closing conditions and the completion of regulatory review.

Former Lab Zero devs form new studio Future Club

Former Lab Zero developers have banded together to form a new studio known as Future Club.

The new independent studio is an employee-owned venture and will specialise in 2D animation, with responsive gameplay.

Jobs board

Check out a few select vacancies from our regularly updated jobs board:

Business Development Executive (Steel Media) - UK/Remote

Senior Unity Developer (Tapped) - London, UK

Game Designer (Zynga) - Bengaluru, India

Associate Project Manager (Cloud Imperium), Texas, US

The jobs board list can be viewed in full here.

Got jobs news you’d like to share? Contact PocketGamer.biz staff writer Matthew Forde at matthew.forde@steeelmedianetwork.com.

Staff Writer

Matthew Forde is the staff writer for PocketGamer.biz and also a member of the Pocket Gamer Podcast. You can find him on Twitter @Forde999 talking about Smash Bros. and everything pop culture related - particularly superheroes.

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