Riot Games names Artem Bykov as League of Legends European championship commissioner and Hyper Hippo appoints new leadership
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David Yarnton | Chief of business development, Kinguin
Video game retailer Kinguin announced that games industry veteran David Yarnton has been hired as partner and chief of business development.
Throughout his career he served in various advisory and leadership roles across various businesses.
Yarnton was most notably general manger of Nintendo’s UK division for nearly nine years.
He has worked at firms such as Gfinity, Equinox Talent, UKIE, and Stadia Ventures.
Kinguin is an online retailer that sells keys for full game downloads, DLC and virtual currency. The company also has an esports division via its Kinguin Esports Performance Center. The facility trains professional players, connects businesses with esports, and it is home to a production studio.
“As Chairman of UKIE’s Esports Sub-Group and a Board Adviser to BESA, two organisations devoted to growing and developing UK talent and business, I believe Kinguin should be rightfully recognised as one of the global shining stars in esports and video games,” Yarnton said.
Artem Bykov | League of Legends European championship commissioner, Riot Games
Artem Bykov joins Riot Games as League of Legends championship commissioner for Europe.
He brings with him years of experience in leadership roles across gaming and esports outfits.
Throughout his career he’s worked at companies such as Natus Vincere, Blizzard Entertainment and ESL Gaming.
Bykov succeeds Maximilian Peter Schmidt, who went on to be head of esports for League of Legends in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), in the commissioner role.
“Artem’s many years of business and product experience as well as his passion for esports make him best equipped to lead the LEC at this point in our growth stage,” Schmidt said.
Three new leadership appointments | Hyper Hippo Entertainment
Mobile game developer Hyper Hippo Entertainment has announced three new additions to its leadership team.
Mary Kaye Fraser joins as executive producer, Michael Aaronson is hired as senior vice president of marketing, and Jonathan Warner was promoted to senior vice president.
‘Fraser brings with her more than 20 years of experience working in games’, having served in various leadership roles such as studio head and executive producer across multiple companies.
Prior to joining Hyper Hippo, Aaronson led digital distribution and global strategy at NBC Universal Media across 17 years.
Warner’s promotion comes after he was hired as head of lab at Hyper Hippo. Throughout his career he’s served in a number of leadership roles across firms such as Bioware, EA, and Disney.
Racheal Caswell | Communication, Bonfire Studios
Racheal Caswell has joined game developer Bonfire Studios in a new communications role.
Caswell will be responsible for developing and mantaining relationships between the company, media, and the public.
Throughout her career she has held multiple leadership positions across various games studios.
Caswell was director of communications at Mythical Games, 505 Games, and associate director of PR and communications at Nexon.
She announced her new position on LinkedIn, “I’m in my second week of joining the talented team at Bonfire Studios, and so excited to be here! I’m also really looking forward to sharing what we’re working on – stay tuned!”
Two new hires join executive leadership | Skybound Entertainment
Multiplatform entertainment firm Skybound Entertainment has announced two new additions to its leadership team.
Jason Covey is hired as senior vice president of brand & marketing, and Patrick Gilmore joins as executive vice president of production.
Before joining Skybound, Covey was chief marketing officer at Nifty games and throughout his career he’s served in senior leadership roles across various businesses. He was a director at companies such as THQ, Fox Interactive Media, and Brash Entertainment.
“Beyond the epic content we have in the works for flagship brands like Invincible as well as original games and products, I’m most excited to be reunited with so many creative and talented colleagues from the past and look forward to big things for Skybound,” Covey said.
With a career of over 25 years in the games industry Gilmore has had leadership roles at firms such as Visual Concepts, Amazon Games, and EA. The portfolio of games he’s worked on include Amazon’s New World, Microsoft’s Killer Instinct, and EA’s Medal of Honor.
“As the industry explodes with thrilling new titles, powerful tools, and exciting emerging talent, I can’t wait to help foster Skybound’s creator-first approach to help teams everywhere bring their games to life,” Glimore explained.
Executive management gains two new additions | Testronic
Video games QA and localization services provider Testronic Labs has announced an expansion to its leadership.
Andie Chivers Goudie has been hired as chief people officer while Ann Hurley has been promoted to senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Goudie comes to the company with a career of over 25 years in human relations. She has worked at firms such as Barclays Wealth and Equiniti. Prior to her new role, Goudie served as chief people officer at consulting service provider Sionic.
“Andie is a tremendous addition to our management team. Her experience in managing diverse, globally-distributed teams will be instrumental in Testronic’s continued rapid growth,” said Testronic CEO Mike Betti.
Whereas Hurley originally joined Testronic in 2014 and has been working in the games industry for over 20 years. She has also been vital to Testronics diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Hurley also works as a Women in Games Ambassador.
“Ann has made a considerable contribution to the success of Testronic’s business over the years, leading not only on our client outreach, but also serving as a mentor to many of the women within the company,” Betti explained.