London, England - 22nd July 2008 - Splash Damage, the award-winning independent developer, today announced the hiring of four industry heavyweights to its team. Following the recent announcement of its partnership with Bethesda Softworks®, Splash Damage is planning to double the size of its development team to more than 60 staff as it moves into multi-platform development on an as-yet unannounced title.
The four experienced professionals are:
* Olivier Leonardi (Rainbow Six: Vegas, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones) as Art Director;
* Chris Sweetman (Black, Burnout: Paradise) as Audio Director;
* Tim Appleby (Mass Effect) as Lead Character Artist;
* Chris Dawson (Driver, Test Drive, Evil Genius) as Producer.
"I couldn't be more excited about this influx of amazing talent to Splash Damage, especially as we start developing for multiple platforms," added Paul Wedgwood, owner of Splash Damage. "Their experience and knowledge are a hugely positive contribution to Splash Damage and will help us further establish Splash Damage as one of the up-and-coming studios in the world."
"I'm thrilled to be working here at Splash Damage," said Art Director Olivier Leonardi. "These guys treat each game as a unique creative exercise, rather than just going through the motions year after year, and that really impresses me."
Adding to its substantial collection of accolades, Splash Damage has recently been nominated for an impressive six Golden Joystick 2008 awards and two prestigious Develop 2008 Industry Excellence Awards for the creation of its hit PC title, Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars TM .
Hot on the heels of the announcement of their partnership with Bethesda Softworks, Splash Damage is actively hiring for several open positions across all major disciplines. An up-to-date listing of all vacancies is available at www.splashdamage.com/jobs.
Splash Damage will also be present at Develop 2008 in Brighton from 29 - 31 July 2008, where both Creative Director, Paul Wedgwood and Audio Director, Chris Sweetman will be taking the stage on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. In addition, the studio will have a recruitment booth in the main hall at C14 near the Develop Bar&Networking Lounge. Interested candidates are encouraged to make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Splash Damage
Based in London, England, Splash Damage Ltd is an independently-owned game developer that created the critically acclaimed Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory TM for id Software and most recently developed Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars TM . The studio has won over 100 awards and nominations from publications across world. Founded by Paul 'Locki' Wedgwood in 2001 with key members of the mod-making community, Splash Damage is currently working on an as-yet unannounced multiplatform title with Bethesda Softworks. For more information, visit www.splashdamage.com.
About Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda Softworks, a subsidiary of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a premier developer andÂ publisher of interactive entertainment software and has produced numerous award-winning titles, most recently with 2006 PC and Xbox 360® Game of the Year and RPG of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, and the 2002 PC and Xbox® Game of the Year and RPG of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind®. Among Bethesda's more popular franchises are The Elder Scrolls® series and Fallout®, as well as its licensed properties, such as Star Trek®. Its product line spans the sports, racing, RPG, strategy, and action genres. For more information on Bethesda Softworksâ€™ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.Â ;