New hires in social gaming: East Side Games, Happy Elements and Kixeye

Hiring in the social gaming industry was steady from last week’s peak, with nine companies reporting 14 recent hires. According to data from LinkedIn and other sources, East Side Games saw the most activity with four hires. The highest profile hires of the week belonged to Strutta which brought on Joeline Hackman as director of marketing.

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  • Tatyana Ovsyannikova, Senior Producer — Arkadium starts off our roundup with a promotion. Ovsyannikova was formerly a producer at Arkadium.

East Side Games

  • Parker Busswood, Front End Developer — Four hires at Vancouver BC’s East Side Games. Busswood is a recent graduate of the Interactive Design program at Capilano University.
  • Nicholas Tay, East Side Games Art Department — Tay was previously an Art Director at Electronic Arts.
  • Grant Yee, Flash Software Engineer — Yee comes to East Side Games from Magellan Interactive.
  • Cindy Chow, Community Manager — Chow was previously a studio coordinator at  Slant Six Games.

Game Insight 

  • Alexandr Savin, Line Producer — Savin was previously a senior tester at Noviy Disk.


  • Hardin Gray, Game Developer — Gray was formerly an interactive programmer at Tumble Interactive.

Happy Elements

  • Adam Zhu, Consultant — Zhu comes from Global Entrepreneur Magazine, where he worked as a reporter.


  • Patrick Lee, Global Monetization Analyst –– Lee was previously a product manager at Outspark.


  • Joseph Kohn, Tools Engineer — Kohn was formerly a software engineer at Kabam.


  • Joeline Hackman, Director of Marketing — This week’s highest profile hire goes to Strutta. Hackman was previously the director of marketing at Techneos Systems.


  • Kami Rai, Marketing and Community Manager — Two hires and a promotion this week for Zynga. Rai was previously a customer support and community manager at Zynga.
  • Arpit Rastogi, Associate Product Manager — Rastogi was formerly a project trainee at Patni Computer Systems.
  • Chris Carley, QA Engineer — Carley was previously a QA tester II at NCsoft.