New hires in social gaming: FiveOneNine Games, Funtactix and FunSockets

Hiring in the social gaming industry was down from last week’s peak, with nine companies reporting 13 recent hires. According to data from LinkedIn and other sources, Zynga reported the most activity with three hires. The highest profile hires of the week belonged to FiveOneNine Games, which brought on Ryan Stradling as VP technology and FunSockets, which picked up Disney Playdom alumn Dave Rohrl as VP of Game Production.

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EA PopCap

Nyssa Betts, Flash Animator/Illustrator — Betts was previously an animator at House of Nice News.

FiveOneNine Games

Ryan Stradling, VP Technology — Another high profile hire at FiveOneNine Games this week. Stradling’s most recent position was a the Sr. software engineer at Row Sham Bow.


Aaron Berndtson, Business Development Manager — Berndtson previously worked at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and the William Morris Agency.


Dave Rohrl, VP of Game Production — A high profile move, Rohrl leaves Disney Playdom to take up a job at the Redpoint Ventures backed FunSockets.

Peak Games

Ali Akgül, Game Master — Two hires for Peak Games this week. Akgül was previously in software support at Bilgera.

Kivilcim Kücükerciyes, Game Master — Kücükerciyes starts her career at Peak Games.


Fred Easey, Senior Data Analyst — Easey was also a senior data analyst at EA Playfist before joining Plumbee.

Social Point

Agustín Díaz, Data Mining Manager — Díaz comes to Social Point from LetsBonus, where he also worked as a data mining manager.

Tono G. Dueñas, Ilustrador — Dueñas was previously an illustrator at Boabab Planet.


Florian Fuhrmann, Head of Customer Care — Fuhrmann was previously the head of customer care at Affinitas GmbH – eDarling.


Daniel Chou, Sr. Concept Artist — Three hires this week for Zynga. First up is Chou, who was a senior artist at WMS Gaming.

Varun Ramamurthy, Associate Product Manager — Ramamurthy was previously a summer intern-investment banking at HSBC.

Christopher Haire, Senior Software Engineer — Haire was formerly the lead programmer at Firaxis Games.