New Hires in Social Gaming: Booyah, Digital Chocolate, GSN, & More

LinkedIn and other sources showed a wide range of companies making small numbers of hires, with KlickNation and Zynga adding the most people. There were no executive additions.

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Here’s this week’s full list:


Digital Chocolate


  • Joshua Robinson, Segment Producer — In an internal shift for the GSN team this week, Robinson’s prior role was as an editor.



  • Eric Lodge, Assistant Content Specialist — Kicking off the new hires for KlickNation this week is Lodge, a former intern for Technikon.
  • Jacob Wade, 3D Animator/Rigger — In an internal shift, Wade changes roles from an intern and contractor.
  • Maz Golestanehzadeh, Artist — Now at KlickNation, Glestanehzadeh was previously a freelance artist and illustrator for Warner Bros Interactive, American Apparel, and WildStorm Comics.
  • Ryan Payton, Junior Systems Administrator — Payton was an overnight logistics specialist for the Target Corporation.
  • Damian Schouweiler, Senior Artist — Schouweiler was previously a character artist for Trion World Entertainment.


  • Brandon Pike, Jr. Illustrator — LOLapps also shows hiring activity this week, bringing on Pike. He was previously a production artist for a student film, “The Swan,”and is also an illustrator for Jon Colton Illustration.


  • Jay Embry, Test Lead — Now at Playdom, Embry was previously a test lead at Zipper Interactive.
  • L. LaRae Brim, Program Manager — Also joining Playdom, Brim was most recently an associate producer at NetDevil.


PopCap Games


  • Denis Hammond, Sr. Systems Administrator (Contract) — A new team member for RockYou!, Hammond was formerly a senior systems administrator for Mixercast.


  • Cindy Weng, Product Management — Developer wooga makes its first new hire in a while. Weng was most recently an intern for RedAtoms.


  • Danny Duong, Community Relations — Duong starts off the string of new Zynga hires. He was previously a special events and private dining management intern at Spruce.
  • Cherie Gardiner, Learning & Development — Now at Zynga, Gardiner was previously a director of leadership development at Microsoft.
  • Rajesh Gopinadhan, Artist — Gopinadhan was formerly an artist for Tata Elxsi.
  • Andre Ogden, Mobile Game Developer — In an internal change at Zynga, Ogden moves from his prior role as a software engineer.
  • Michael McLean, Product Management Intern — McLean was most recently an associate for Institutional Venture Partners.
  • Ilya Abyzov, Product Management Intern — Also joining Zynga this week is Abyzov, a former financial analyst at HBK Capital Management.
  • Jean-Paul Bondy, Senior Artist — Bondy was previously an assistant at Rachel Waniewski Photography as well as a digital background painter at Nickelodeon Animation Studio.
  • Richard Senft, Software Developer Intern — Senft was previously a tech design co-op at Vicarious Visions.