New Hires in Social Gaming: Peak Games, Wooga, Kixeye

Hiring in the social gaming industry was steady this week, with seven companies reporting 12 new employees. According to data from LinkedIn and other sources, GameHouse showed the most activity, but biggest hire was at Kixeye, which brought on former Lionside co-founder Brandon Barber as senior vice president of marketing.

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  • Kaari King, Senior Game Artist –  GameHouse begins our hires roundup this week with five new faces. King was previously the creative director and co-founder of Sunleaf Studios.
  • Jeff Buccellato, Senior Producer – Next is Buccellato, who worked at both LeapFrog and Sierra Online before moving to GameHouse.
  • Simon Asplund, Game Designer — Asplund was formerly a systems designer for Flying Lab Software.
  • Frank Krause, SDE – Krause also moves from Flying Lab Software, where he worked as an SDET and SDE.
  • Thomas Sitch, Senior SDE – Finally Sitch joins the GameHouse team, moving from Trilabrys Interactive and KingsIsle Entertainment.


  • Kerry Laws, Office Assistant – GSN makes our roundup with a single hire. Laws was previously a service manager at The Arc of San Francisco.


  • Brandon Barber, Senior Vice President of Marketing – Kixeye manages to get in a high profile move before the end of the year. Barber was previously the co-founder of Lionside and was a vice president of marketing for Zynga.

Peak Games

  • Osman Faruk Küçükerdem, Assist. Product Manager – A pair of hires this week at Peak Games. Küçükerdem was previously a managing partner at Lunapark Medya İnternet Teknolojileri.
  • Idil Kucuk, Product Manager – Next is Kucuk, was was formerly a social media specialist at Ping Digital.


  • Raul Fernandez, Customer Support Representative – Fernandez moves from Zynga, where he was a customer support agent.


  • Berk Hülagü, Engineer – Wooga also adds one new employee. Hülagü was previously the lead flash developer at Young Internet GmbH.


  • Jason Winn, Software Engineer – Zynga once again closes out the hires list with Winn, who was formerly an art director/flash developer at JWT.

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