New hires in social games: Amazon Game Studio, Zynga and more

Hiring in the social games sector was down slightly this week with 27 new hires across 14 companies. Based on information from LinkedIn and other sources, Zynga reported the most activity with seven new hires. The highest profile hires in the social games sector this week is Pilarina Estrada, who joins Amazon’s newly formed social games studio as Director of Product after serving as Disney Playdom’s head of monerization.

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Amazon Game Studio

  • Pilarina Estrada, Director of Product — This week’s highest profile move, Estrada was  formerly the head of monetization at Playdom.

Big Fish Games

  • Phil Katz, Producer — Katz was formerly a producer at EA.

Checkpoint Studios

  • Albert Wood, Character Animator — Wood was previously character animator at Emotional Robots Inc.

East Side Games

  • Tayber Voyer, Producer — Voyer was promoted from associate producer at East Side Games.
  • Dustin Stevenson, Junior Designer — Stevenson recently graduated from the Art Institute of Vancouver.
  • Kay Chan, Assistant Producer — Chan recently graduated from Vancouver Film School.


  • Maria Notaras, Story Producer — Notaras was promoted from field producer at GSN.


  • Dylan Dunbar, 3D Artist — Dunbar was character artist at Bigpoint Inc.

Peak Games

  • Ivailo Iliev, Software Developer — Iliev was formerly a software developer consultant at Nokia.

Disney Playdom

  • Ryan Hickman, Jr. Game Designer — Hickman was previously lead designer of deity at Double++ (DigiPen).

EA Popcap

  • Feng Xing, Senior Product Manager — Xing was sr. product manager at DeNA. 


  • Peter Stathis, Mathematician & Games Designer — Stathis was previously a mathematician & games designer at NextGen in Sydney.

Socially Bright

  • Jean-Marie Ferdegue, Technical Director – Ferdegue was formerly managing director at Nokdo.
  • Leanne Page, Project Manager – Page was perviously product executive at uSwitch.

Spil Games

  • Ignacio Calderon, iOS Developer — Calderon was formerly iOS game developer at Hecticus Software.
  • Gilbèrt de Graaf, Front End Developer (CSS) — was front-end developer at Modern Media.


  • Marc Gerbing, Product Manager — Gerbing was promoted from senior actionscript software developer at Wooga.
  • Mette Tabel, Lead Product Manager — Tabel was promoted from produktmanager at Wooga.
  • Mariano Valles, Engineer — Valles was previously an intern at Yahoo!
  • Juan Verni, Game Artist  — Verni was Senior Flash Animator at Vostu.


  • Kitty Hughes, Associate Game Designer — Hughes was formerly content designer at Big Huge Games.
  • Vance Wu, Senior Artist — Wu was promoted 3D/2D artist at Zynga.
  • Emily Stone, Concept Artist — Stone was 2D artist at 6waves.
  • Malcolm-Jamal Ray, QA Automation Engineer — Ray was formerly software developer engineer at Microsoft.
  • Sameera Gupta, Associate Software Developer — Gupta was previously summer research fellow at Indian Institute of Science.
  • Gee Galicinao, In-House Server — Galicinao was administrative coordinator at Genentech.
  • Kathryn Bambino, Senior Product Manager — Bambino was promoted from product manager at Zynga.