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Ben Bateman joins Green Man Gaming's Playfire team
Online games retailer Green Man Gaming has appointed Ben Bateman as its new community development manager for Playfire.
Playfire is the online social community site for gamers that was acquired by Green Man Gaming back in 2012. Bateman will lead the next stages of development that the firm has planned for the site.
Bateman has previously held the same role at Codemasters and joins the Playfire team from Square Enix, where he worked as the firm’s central community manager.
“Working on triple-A franchises like Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider has allowed me to acquire a wealth of experience and hone my skills in community management,” said Bateman.
“I’m excited to bring these skills and experience to the Playfire community, with the commitment and backing of Green Man Gaming.”
Bateman has worked with both developers and publishers across the world and Green Man Gaming EVP Darren Cairns feels he is key to growing the Playfire service.
“I’m delighted that someone as highly respected within the European gaming community as Ben has come to join us on our journey,” said Cairns.
“Ben will help us define and develop the next stage in the evolution of Playfire, working closely with the community to ensure they are at the heart of the service at all times”.
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VP of partner publishing leaves Zynga
Zynga’s vice president of partner publishing Rob Dyer has left the company. According to statement released by Zynga, Dyer will now be pursuing other opportunities within the mobile and social gaming space.
He joined Zynga back in 2011 and during his time with the casual games firm he handled the company’s relationships with external development partners as well as working with developers on game launches, marketing and monetisation.
Prior to his time at Zynga, Dyer was senior vice president of publisher relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America where he worked on the relationships with external North American developers and publishers, and headed the PlayStation Network.
Wada becomes Square Enix's chariman of the board
Former Square Enix president Yoichi Wada is now serving as the firm’s chairman of the board for its Tokyo division. It follows his decision to step down as the company’s president and CEO.
Wada’s new role sees him oversee emerging markets, as well as social and mobile businesses. He no longer has a role within the parent company, Square Enix holdings.