New hires in social gaming: Eruptive Games, Social Point and Plumbee

Hiring in the social gaming industry was steady this week, with 11 companies reporting 23 recent hires. According to data from LinkedIn and other sources, Zynga and Social Point reported the most activity. Zynga also had the week’s most significant move, promoting FarmVille general manager Nathan Etter to the role of Vice President of Games.

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  • Yasith Vidanaarachchi, Mobile Programming Intern — Vidanaarachchi picks up a summer internship with Arkadium.

Disney Playdom

  • Carolyn Gudmundson, Associate Product Manager — Gudmundson was formerly an editor for GamesRadar.

EA PopCap

  • Isaac Van Mechelen, Account Manager (Contract) — A single hire this week for EA-owned PopCap. Van Mchelen comes from AT&T Mobility, where he was an asset management analyst.

Eruptive Games

  • Ciaran Finnegan, Flash Developer — Finnegan was an interactive developer at Pocket Kings prior to joining Eruptive Games.
  • Daniel Ruiz, 3D Artist — Ruiz was previously a modeller at Nerdcorps Entertainment.
  • Karl Schmidt, Senior Software Developer — Schmidt comes to Eruptive Games from Relic Entertainment, where he was a programmer.


  • Meredith Minogue, Advertising Sales Assistant — A non-gaming hire for GSN. Minogue previously worked at RJW Collective as a social media intern.


  • Dana Visan, European Community Manager — Visan was a romanian community manager at


  • Erik Lewis, Data Scientist/Account Manager — Lewis was previously a teaching assistant at UCLA.


  • Øyvind Sørøy, Senior Artist — Sørøy was formerly a senior game artist at EA Playfish.
  • Dumisani ‘Dumi’ Kopotsha, Senior UI/UX Artist (Mobile Team) — Kopotsha comes to Plumbee from Vertu, Nokia’s luxury brand.

Social Point

  • Hugo Hernández, Chief Analysis Officer — Hernández was previously an assistant professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Roger Vallès. Project Manager Backend — Vallès comes from Psycle Interactive, where he was a project manager.
  • Verónica Pérez, Flash Developer — Pérez was a programmer at Fluendo Embedded S.L.
  • Nereida Soto, Flash Animator — Soto previously worked at Nikodemo Studios.
  • Tono G.Dueñas, Ilustrator — Dueñas comes from Baobab Planet, where he was also an Ilustrator.
  • Alex Carol, Backend Stage Intern — Carol picks up a summer internship with Social Point.


  • Clément Huvig, Lead Community Manager — A promotion this week at Wooga. Huvig was previously the community management & localization manager at Wooga.


  • Keith Geiser, QA Engineer I — Geiser was formerly the QA assistant lead at Sega of America, Inc.
  • Austin Walterman, Associate Producer — Walterman comes from CNN where he was a computer programmer.
  • Jennifer Burger, Social Media Lead — Burger moves up at Zynga. She was previously the executive relations team lead.
  • Angelique Nikitas, Talent Coordinator — Nikitas was the staffing coordinator at Aruba Networks.
  • Nathan Etter, Vice President of Games — This week’s highest profile move belongs to Etter. He was previously the general manager for FarmVille.