New Hires in Social Gaming: CrowdStar, Digital Chocolate, iWin, & More

Heavy hiring continues in the social gaming space this week as several companies bring on new faces. That in mind, the average number of hires per company was also hire, though this only means that most hired a pair of individuals as opposed to only one, according to data from LinkedIn and other sources. As for major leadership hires, iWin brings Scott Arpajian on board as its new vice president of product. Prior to his joining, he was the co-founder and CEO of Dizzywood.

As always, if your company is hiring new people or making a notable promotion, please let us know. Email editor (at) insidesocialgames (dot) com, and we’ll get it into this or next week’s post. Also, please note that the information about most new hires, below, comes directly from company updates from LinkedIn, and is only as current as people’s profiles.

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Here’s this week’s full list:


Digital Chocolate

  • Abhijat Thakur, Senior Engineering Architect — Kicking off a pair of new Digital Chocolate hires is Thakur, a former senior engineering architect at Social Concepts.
  • Timothy Yee, Software Engineer — Also joining Digital Chocolate, Yee was previously a software engineer (test) at


  • Scott Arpajian, VP of Product — As noted prior, Scott Arpajian joins the iWin team as their new vice president of product. Prior to this he was the co-founder and CEO of Dizzywood.
  • Jesse MacNish, Social Game Manager — MacNish also joins iWin. He was previously a lead software engineer for Yahoo Games.


  • Daniela Aguirre, Receptionist — Joining Kabam this week, Aguirre was most recently an administrative assistant at Aviat Networks.
  • Amie Chan, Senior 2D Artist — Also joining the team is Chan, whose prior experience is unknown.
  • Geoffrey Hung, Associate Producer — Kabam hosts a third hire. Hung was previously an associate producer at Total Immersion Software.

  • Daniel Gustafson, Product Manager (Social/Mobile) — Now at, Gustafson was formerly a product and public relations manager at PlayStation Sweden(Nordisk Film).
  • Cherry Yang, Advertising Operations Manager — Yang was most recently an online production manager for Betfair.


  • Sergei Bezborodko, Software Engineer — The first in a pair of new LOLapps hires this week, Bezborodko was previously a junior game programmer at Antic Entertainment and is also currently co-founder and a developer for GooseChase Adventures.
  • Philip Chan, Flash Programmer — Chan was most recently an image processor at Teranet Inc.

Loot Drop

  • Chris Koeppel, Game Designer — Joining Loot Drop this week, Koeppel was previously a senior game designer at Sony Online Entertainment.
  • Daniel Gutierrez, Software Engineer — Also joining Loot Drop, Gutierrez was a former designer and lead engineer for Konami.


PopCap Games

  • Brian Lawson, Senior Designer — Now at PopCap Games, Lawson was formerly a mentor at Dare to be Digital.
  • Marc Templin, Sr. Game Tech Engineer — Templin was previously a technical director for Her Interactive.
  • Daniel Tabor, Business Systems Analyst — Tabor was a data analyst at Electronic Evidence Discovery, Inc.


  • Mariana Dominguez, Localization Tester — RockYou! makes a single hire this week. Dominguez was previously admin and sales support at SymBPO Europe Limited.


  • Dawn Willis, Executive Assistant to the Chiefs — Starting off the string of new Zynga hires is Willis, a former executive and personal assistant to CEO at Viewzi, Doublewide Labs, and
  • Jaime Mendez, Production Manager — Also joining Zynga this week is Mendez. He was most recently a senior consultant for Deloitte Consulting.
  • Charles White III, UI UX Game Designer — Now at Zynga, White was previously a Flash designer at The Walt Disney Internet Group.
  • Melissa King, Art Intern — King was previously a marketing illustrator for Kabam.
  • Aaron Bowyer, QA Engineer — Bowyer was formerly as QA tester at Namco Bandai Games America.
  • Marimuthu Ponnambalam, Principal Software Engineer — Joining Zynga, Ponnambalam was most recently the founder of Vindhai.
  • Craig Kitzmann, Associate 3D Artist — Kitzmann was previously a character rigger at WishB.