Thursday 8th July/...UK, Cambridge Jagex Games Studio, The UK’s largest independent games developer and publisher, today announced that Jon Hare has joined the company as Head of Publishing. Hare, who has extensive industry experience spanning over three decades, has been appointed to oversee publishing at Jagex, with a particular focus on further developing FunOrb.com, Jagex’s integrated gaming website targeted at time-pressed gamers.
“Jagex is a traditional and very British games development company as well as being one of Europe’s most successful publishers,” said Jon Hare.“I am really excited to be joining the team and I feel very at home here. I am looking forward to working alongside the management team to help nurture the mentality of innovation and expansion that already exists here and to grow FunOrb into the world’s leading online games destination.”
”Jon is one of the most highly rated game designers in Europe and has had a hugely successful career developing classic titles such as Sensible Soccer, Mega-Lo-Mania and Cannon Fodder,” said Mark Gerhard, Jagex CEO.“Jon will be playing a very hands-on role, actively engaged in developing and optimising all of our games. Jagex has always focused on creating games that we want to play, FunOrb is no different. We have specifically created FunOrb for the time-pressured gamer, people who want a high quality deep gaming experience but only have 30 minutes a day or perhaps even a week to relax and enjoy playing. The site isn’t for kids or for mums; it is designed for adult gamers who ask themselves‘why don’t they make great games like they used to?’.”
Over the last 24 years Hare has developed more than 30 games on over 20 formats from Sinclair Spectrum to the Nintendo Wii, and he was named as one of the top 10 Britons who changed the video game industry by The Times newspaper earlier this year.
FunOrb launched in 2008 to provide a unique online gaming destination for time-pressed gamers looking for a compelling gaming experience. FunOrb already has a collection of over 30 browser-based games with a wide variety of original IPs and modern versions of classic games from the 80’s and 90’s. The site has amassed a thriving community of over 1.3 million unique users and continues to grow with regular updates developed by Jagex’s in-house development team.
About Jagex Games Studio
Jagex Games Studio is a world leading developer of high quality browser-based games and is the largest independent games developer and publisher in the UK, with some 400 staff across two studios in Cambridge, England.
Built almost exclusively on Jagex’s own proprietary technologies; Jagex has proved its effectiveness with its popular browser-based game, RuneScape, currently the world’s most popular free-to-play MMO, and FunOrb, Jagex’s captivating browser games website.
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