More Manpower for Multiplayer and new IPs - Fishlabs continues its Expansion Strategy

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Hamburg, Germany - March 7th, 2013 – Fishlabs Entertainment continues its expansion strategy by hiring three new employees in March 2013. While the art department will be expanded by two new Concept Artists, the web development team will be strengthened by an additional Web Developer. The new additionals to the Fishlabs staff will be Concept Artist Tobias Frank, who will join the company on March 16th, 2013, as well as Junior Concept Artist Jan Goszyk and Web Developer Jan Kotzebue, both of which have already started working for Fishlabs at the beginning of this month. As a result of the comparatively big number of recruitments of the previous months, Fishlabs has already rented an additional open-plan office at the Großer Burstah 50-52 earlier this year. All in all, the company now occupies a total of 870m² right in the center of Hamburg City.

Tobias Frank, who has specialized in the traditional and digital creation of 2D concept artworks, will join Fishlabs as Concept Artist on March 16th, 2013. Before, the 30-year-old Designer, who graduated from the Munich University of Applied Sciences in 2009, had worked for Related Designs in the same capacity. In that position he had taken part in the development of popular titles such as the strategy bestseller Anno 2070 or the hitherto unreleased fantasy MMO Might & Magic Heroes Online. And also during his studies, Frank had already been able to gather valuable work experience as an artist, when he worked for EA Phenomic and designed, among others, concept artworks for Battleforge.

Jan Goszyk (27) has already joined Fishlabs’ design team as Junior Concept Artist. The native-born Pole finished his studies of Integrated Design with focus on Product Design at the University of Arts Bremen in 2012. Prior to his time at university, Goszyk had already worked on a number of indie projects, such as The Triangle and The Phoenix Rising, as a freelancer and won an Animago Award for the best demo reel 2005 with THESIGN. At Fishlabs, we will now put his knowledge and talent into practice in his new capacity of Junior Concept Artist.

Jan Kotzebue (27) has been hired as the Hamburg-based mobile games specialist’s new Web Developer. Prior to his engagement with Fishlabs, the qualified IT Specialist had been working for net mobile GmbH. In this position he was responsible for the maintenance and advancement of a variety of websites and the lifecycle management of a number of multimedia platforms. At Fishlabs, Kotzebue will optimize the company’s websites for mobile devices and tackle various other projects, such as the general overhaul of the internal support system.

”Our ambitious plans for the future include, among others, the release of our first multiplayer title and the development of a new IP,” says Michael Schade, CEO of Fishlabs Entertainment. “Since the conception and the creation of new gaming experiences as well the scenarios requires a lot of planning in advance, we have taken Tobias and Jan onboard. They are both very talented Concept Artists and their artworks and sketches will be of tremendous help for us, when it comes to the design of potential new characters, vehicles, weapons or sceneries. In addition, the second Jan among our rows will be in charge of our web presences. Among others, he will make sure that our websites will be well-prepared for the traffic rush that the release of Galaxy on Fire – Alliances will hopefully bring forth in Q3 of 2013.”

About Fishlabs Entertainment:

Spearheading the 3D mobile games industry since 2004, Fishlabs Entertainment is one of the world’s leading independent developers and publishers of international top titles for feature phones, smartphones and tablets. With an award-winning portfolio of critically acclaimed core titles such as Galaxy on Fire™, DEEP™, Blades & Magic™, Rally Master Pro™ and Snowboard Hero™ under its belt, the Hamburg-based studio has launched an impressive selection of high-end 3D action, racing, sports and RPG games on a huge variety of platforms, including Java, BREW, Symbian^3, iOS, Android, BlackBerry OS and Mac OS. All of Fishlabs’ titles have been developed with the company’s platform independent in-house technology ABYSS®.

Fishlabs Entertainment’s flagship title Galaxy on Fire 2™ has not only been featured globally by Apple several times but it has also been pre-installed on several devices or promoted by Nokia, Sony Mobile, Samsung, Lenovo and Nvidia. So far, the Galaxy on Fire 2™ series has spawned one main game and two extensive story add-ons by the names of Valkyrie™ and Supernova™.

In addition to its own IPs, Fishlabs Entertainment is also known as world leader for the development of numerous highly successful brand games for blue-chip clients such as Volkswagen, The Coca-Cola Company and Barclaycard, which have dominated the App Store download charts in a multitude of countries for weeks. All in all, the company’s titles have generated a total of more than 100 million game installs.

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