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 regular article will be to compile all of the big job appointments, departures and studio moves 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 our previous column.
Movers and Shakers
Hypercasual publisher Kwalee has hired former Team17 head Max Everingham to lead its push onto new platforms.
Over the years, Everingham has held a number of leadership roles at big-name companies such as Ubisoft, Pandemic and Codemasters.
Dan Riccio will step down as Apple's head of engineering to work on a new mysterious project for the iPhone maker.
In his new role, Riccio will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook, though few details have been given on the project with several believing it to be related to a touch-screen Mac.
Cambridge, UK-based games firm Jagex has been bought once again, this time by investment giant The Carlyle Group.
The RuneScape maker has confirmed that it was in new hands once again. No figure has been put on the deal, but reports point to Jagex having a higher price tag now than the $530 million that firm boasted when it was bought by Macarthur Fortune Holding in April 2020.
Hatch Premium, the educational streaming service owned by Rovio, has ceased operations.
An announcement via the Hatch website noted the service's closure on December 31st, however, Rovio later confirmed that Hatch Kids will remain open for the time being.
Azerion Holding has reached an agreement with fellow Sulake shareholder Elisa Oyj to acquire the company fully.
Until now, Azerion controlled a majority stake in the Habbo Hotel creator, though it has now secured a deal with Oyj for the remaining 49 per cent of shares.
Tencent has acquired a majority stake in Don't Starve studio Klei Entertainment.
Klei Entertainment founder Jamie Cheng confirmed that the company will continue to operate as it did before, "with no changes to staffing, projects or other operations."
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It would appear as though PlayStation is ready to ramp up on mobile with its latest job listing.
PlayStation Europe is looking to hire an executive producer for mobile. The successful applicant will work across the London and Liverpool offices, with the possibility of remote working.
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