VIENNA– September 8, 2009 - Sproing Interactive Media GmbH, Austria’s largest game development studio, today announced that industry veterans Lukas Kugler and Barbara Schulz have joined the development team in key production roles. Both have joined Sproing from European publisher DTP, where Kugler served as senior producer and Schulz was a product manager/producer. Lukas Kugler’s new role at Sproing is head of production, where he is responsible for all of the company’s projects at a senior level. Barbara Schulz has been named project manager and has the task of ensuring Sproing’s projects continue to meet the standards the company has for reliability, quality and versatility.
"Lukas and Barbara further strengthen our production team and are real assets as we continue to grow to handle the increasing project flow," said Harald Riegler, CEO of Sproing. "Their valuable experience inside a publishing organization also gives us the ability to gain a different perspective on projects which enables us to continue to tune our internal processes."
Lukas Kugler has held a variety of production roles at Virgin Interactive, Radon Labs, 49Games, and other companies within the games industry. He is a respected producer with more than 12 years of software industry experience. Kugler has worked on titles including Baldur’s Gate 2, Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance, Fallout Tactics, and others.
Barbara Schulz began her career in 2000 as a student tester for Tivola Publishing. Over the last 8 years, she has held roles of increasing responsibility in product management and production with companies including bhv Software and DTP. Schulz has worked on a number of franchises ranging from the Pet Vet series, to Riding Star.
Founded in 2001, Sproing Interactive Media GmbH is Austria's leading game development studio. The studio takes pride in its reliability and passion for quality which it has earned by shipping more than 40 titles on all major platforms, including several German chart-toppers and a Console Game of the Year Award last year. Sproing is a completely independent studio, financed with its own resources. Over the last eight years the company has grown from the two founders to more than 50 employees and is one of the top development studios in the German-speaking territories. The team recentlyfinished work on the highly anticipated Wii survival horror game Cursed Mountain as well as the Wii sports game Mountain Sports, and has several other unannounced titles currently in production. The company develops games on all available console platforms as well as on the PC using“Athena,” its proprietary real-time multi-platform WYSIWYG game technology.
Key titles created by Sproing include: Cursed Mountain (Wii), Mountain Sports (Wii), Beach Fun Summer Challenge (Wii), Russell Grant’s Astrology (DS), Scotland Yard (DS), My Vet Practice (Wii), Panzer Tactics (DS), Undercover: Dual Motives (DS), My Riding Stables (Wii), Best Friends: Dogs&Cats (PC, DS, GBA), Undercover: Operation Winter Sun (PC), Jacked (PC, PS2, Xbox, GC), Riding Star 3 (PC, PS2). Upcoming releases in 2010 include several unannounced titles.
Sproing is a member of G.A.M.E. and TIGA. For more information on Sproing, please visit: www.sproing.com
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