Hamburg, Germany– April 4th, 2011– Bigpoint GmbH, a worldwide leader in online gaming platforms, has appointed Arthur Bastings as co-CEO effective April 7, announced Heiko Hubertz, Bigpoint’s founder and CEO. Adding Bastings to the executive team in Hamburg will allow Hubertz to focus on international expansion in the United States. Both Hubertz and Bastings will report to the board.
“Arthur Bastings has successfully built top media brands on a global level, and I'm very happy that we've been able to attract him to Bigpoint,” said Hubertz, who founded Bigpoint in 2002.”We are now ideally positioned to accelerate our global growth plans.” Added Simon Guild, Bigpoint’s Chairman of the Board,“Arthur Bastings will bring a whole range of skills to Bigpoint and we are very excited about him joining the company.”
Bastings was most recently Managing Director at Discovery Networks, where he was responsible for the successful international expansion of the EMEA region. Prior to that, Bastings was at Turner Broadcasting Europe, the TV arm of Time Warner, where he became Managing Director for Northern and Central Europe. Bastings’ career has also seen him at MTV, where he initially served as Vice President of Strategic Planning at MTV Networks International, and then as Senior Vice President responsible for all Asian operations. Bastings, a Dutch National, holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Nijenrode University, the Netherlands and an M.A in International Economics and European studies from SAIS/John Hopkins University, U.S.A. In addition to Dutch, he speaks English, German, French and Italian.
"Online gaming is the strongest growing industry in the entire entertainment sector," said Bastings,“and Bigpoint has demonstrated impressive international growth. I'm looking forward to working together with Heiko Hubertz in guiding the company on its continuing journey."
Bigpoint ( http://www.bigpoint.com) is an online-game developer, publisher, and content provider for large media concerns. Bigpoint-developed games are played by over 180 million people in more than 30 languages, are free-to-play anytime, anywhere, and require no download or installation. The company’s portfolio includes games of a quality that until now were associated exclusively with CD or console games. More than 700 employees from over 35 different nations work at the company headquarters in Hamburg, Germany or at other locations in Berlin, San Francisco, São Paulo and Malta. Bigpoint’s many distinctions in the industry include the Mashable Best Online Game Award for“Farmerama”, the“Fastest Growing Larger Company” and“Uniqueness of Offering” prizes at the 2010 Media Momentum Awards, as well as the MTV Skyscraper Award for extraordinary achievement in game development. For more information or press material, please visit the press area at www.bigpoint.net.
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