Karlsruhe, 2/02/2012. The Gameforge group has merged the PR departments of its locations in Karlsruhe and Berlin. Marco Neubert and Axel Schmidt will lead the joint PR team in close cooperation. As planned, they have replaced Gunnar Lott in Karlsruhe, who has left the company. In his position as Director Product PR, Marco Neubert will take over the supervision of public relations work for the whole of the major international company’s product portfolio. He will report to Lothar Rentschler, the new VP Marketing of the Gameforge Group. As Director Corporate Communications, Axel Schmidt will assume responsibility for internal and external communications and report to Seth Iorio, Board Member at Gameforge and CEO of Frogster since early January.
Marco Neubert transferred from his position of Director Web Publishing and Editor-in-Chief at OnlineWelten in August 2010 to lead product PR at Frogster. The trained industrial businessman and graduate in marketing and communications economics as well as business administration (VWA) founded the portal GameVision in 2003 with Andreas Peltret, with whom he led the web platform as partner and Editor-in-Chief.
Axel Schmidt led the public relations work at Frogster from May 2008 as Head of Public Relations. In August 2010, the political sciences graduate (MA) assumed the role of Director Corporate Communications, where he was responsible for Corporate PR, internal communications and assisted the executive board of Frogster with Investor Relations. Besides the external communications for the Gameforge Group, Axel Schmidt will manage internal communication and coordination between the parts of the company and across its two locations.
“By bringing together our PR departments, we can increase the efficiency of our external and internal communication. Through this measure, we consider ourselves to be well prepared for the coming year with our outstanding product portfolio, which should generate quite a buzz”, commented Lothar Rentschler, the new VP Marketing of the Gameforge Group, on the staffing arrangements.
Gameforge is Europe's leading provider of online games. The company – based in Karlsruhe, Germany – currently offers 20 games in more than 50 languages and has more than 300 million registered users world-wide. Their portfolio includes two types of games: Client-based massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), including Europe's most successful MMO, Metin2, as well as 4Story and the European version of Wizard101; and top-quality browser-based games such as the award-winning Ikariam and OGame. In 2010, Gameforge won the "TOP JOB - Employer of the Year" award and was named one of Germany's best employers in 2010 by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The company currently employs about 600 staff members in Karlsruhe and Berlin.
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The Frogster group is a Berlin-based international publisher of online games. Frogster focuses on the marketing and operation of virtual worlds, so-called massively multiplayer online games – one of the strongest growing sectors in the entertainment industry. With its top titles ‘Runes of Magic’ and ‘Bounty Bay Online’ Frogster has already gathered over 6 million registered players worldwide. Three other ambitious MMO games, ‘TERA’, ‘ELIGIUM – The Chosen One’, and ‘RaiderZ’, are slated for release in 2012. Currently the Frogster group employs approximately 200 staff members in the fields of licensing, IT, web design and web development, product management, business development, marketing, PR, community management, support, sales, hosting, billing and finance/administration. It markets and operates its games in Europe, America and Oceania respectively. Internet: www.frogster.de