San Francisco, CA, USA/Berlin, Germany - 13 January 2011 - Neonga announces that Markus Melching has joined Neonga as Chief Operating Officer.
Markus has been a dedicated gamer since the early 80‘s. With the first online game (Ultima Online), he became interested in the new technology of persistent worlds and their possibilities. Markus Melching started his career in early 2000 at Uni-X in Osnabrück as IT specialist for system integration and application engineering. At the end of the year 2000 he joined Gamigo AG where he worked as head of the engineering department for 5 years.
In 2005, Markus Melching co-established the company Linuworx GmbH as a specialized service provider for the development and advancement of automated payment systems for online enterprises. In July 2006 he co-founded Yusho GmbH which became one of the leading German companies for the operation and billing of virtual worlds. In July 2008, Yusho merged with OnlineWelten GmbH and changed its company name into Frogster Online Gaming GmbH. Since July 2008, Markus was the COO at Frogster Online Gaming GmbH responsible for Support, QA, IT, Research&Development as well as major parts of the product management.
Markus now joins Neonga AG as its COO being responsible for Product Management, Community Management and Support.
“Having Markus on board of our evolving flagship makes our team confident that we can run Neonga at full throttle and conquer our key markets fast and efficiently. His outstanding experience in building up the operational infrastructure to provide online games is a key success factor for us!” says Rolf Kloeppel, CEO of Neonga AG.
Neonga (New Online Gaming) is a newly formed games publisher headquartered in Berlin, Germany. The new company is led by the ex-Frogster and gamigo executives Rolf Kloeppel, Benjamin Kaiser, Stefan Hinz, Bjoern Koschin and Markus Melching with the intent of bringing games to the new generation of online- and mobile-gamers throughout the world.
“Working with this unique team of professionals here at Neonga is a milestone in my career. I am proud to be able to help developing the company in a way that fits my philosophy perfectly. Neonga meets the requirements to become a sustainably successful player in the online gaming market!” adds Markus Melching, Chief operating Officer at Neonga AG.
About Neonga AG:
Neonga AG is a publisher of free-to-play Massively Multiplayer Online Games. These are offered for free as PC downloads, browser games, in Facebook or to be played on mobile handsets. The games are associated with "Item Shops", where players can acquire specific premium goods. The company was founded in Berlin in July 2010. The Board consists of Rolf Klöppel (CEO), Benjamin Kaiser (CTO), Stefan Hinz (CMO), Bjoern Koschin (CAO) and Markus Melching (COO).
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