CAMBRIDGE, UK– 9 th JUNE 2011– Jagex Games Studio, the UK’s largest independent games developer and publisher, today announced that Phil White as joined the company as Vice President of 8Realms. White, who has extensive industry experience spanning two decades, has been appointed to oversee the development of 8Realms, Jagex’s new empire-building strategy game, which is currently operating in closed beta.
“I have been following the rise of Jagex for the last decade and delighted to get the opportunity to join the team,” commented Phil White.“Jagex’s history, experience and the company’s vision for the future with RuneScape, Transformers and StellarDawn meant that joining the Jagex was a real no-brainer for me. It is a real privilege to join the 8Realms team at such a critical stage in the games development. The cross platform, play anywhere experience of 8Realms really took my breath away and I knew instantly this was something that I had to be a part of.”
“We are delighted that Phil has chosen to join the Jagex family,” commented Mark Gerhard, Jagex CEO.“Phil has had a hugely successful career and brings a wealth of industry experience which will help him to prepare 8Realms for release and beyond.”
Prior to joining Jagex White worked for Perfect World Entertainment as the Director of Operations– Europe. Having previously worked for Electronic Arts, Codemasters and Persistent Worlds, White has overseen the launch of ten MMOG’s across Europe and North America and has supported the development and operations of a further nine MMOG’s and numerous PC and console titles.
8Realms is a new empire-building strategy game from Jagex. In 8Realms players grow their settlements from a humble village to a glorious dominion through eight ages of history; ancient, classical, feudal, renaissance, imperial, industrial, modern and future. Whilst developing their settlements, players will vie with each other for control of precious resources, defend their interests against vicious hordes and research new technologies in order to ultimately reign supreme.
8Realms will be available to play for free on many internet capable devices, in most web browser, allowing anyone with a computer, netbook, tablet PC or iPad to become masters of their empire wherever they are. For more information on 8Realms and for the chance to participate in the 8Realms closed beta test, please visit the official 8Realms website, www.8realms.com.
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