New York, NY – June 13, 2012 – Arkadium ( http://www.arkadium.com; twitter.com/Arkadium), a top game development studio, today announced that Stephen Jarrett has joined the company as vice president of Game Design. Bringing over 15 years of game design experience working with Pixar, Sony, Disney and Nickelodeon, Stephen will be responsible for overseeing game design for all of the company’s platforms. Arkadium also announced that it added eight new employees to its studios in New York City, Toronto and Ukraine, bringing the company’s headcount to more than 130 employees.
“Every great game studio needs a bold creative visionary. With Stephen we’ve found something more—he is an individual who is driven by dramatic creativity but also brings deep industry knowledge and pragmatism,” said Jessica Rovello, Arkadium’s President and Co-Founder. “Stephen’s hiring continues the great momentum we’ve demonstrated all year. From our partnership with Microsoft to the opening of our mobile games studio in Toronto, we’re one step closer to meeting our goal of being the most successful game developer in the world.”
Prior to his role at Arkadium, Stephen was the Director of Game Design at Nickelodeon where he led design and creative direction on a number of titles in Nickelodeon’s Digital Media division. Before Nickelodeon, Stephen worked in creative positions designing games for Disney, THQ and Namco. In these roles he created new experiences, worlds and characters through compelling game-play across a variety of platforms from console to online to mobile.
“I am looking forward to bringing my experience in creative direction and design to the already talented team at Arkadium,” said Stephen of his role as Arkadium’s new VP of Game Design. “My passion for character creation, as well as storytelling, gameplay and creative direction, go hand-in-hand with Arkadium’s vision for making the best games imaginable.”
Arkadium, creators of the largest library of casual games in the world, has been a top game development studio for the past decade. The company’s hit games, including Mahjongg Dimensions, are distributed worldwide to over ten million gamers per month on the web, Facebook, iPhone and iPads. A top 20 Comscore game distributor, Arkadium has been the longstanding games partner of MSN, Hearst Magazines Digital Media, ESPN, ABC, Lifetime, Discovery and many more distinguished brands. Family owned and operated, Arkadium has grown organically since 2001 to more than 100 employees in offices in New York City, Toronto and Ukraine. For more information visit http://www.arkadium.com.