In this week's roundup: PlayStation UK appoints new product managers, PC Gamer has a new deputy editor, Will Freeman becomes editor atAskAboutGames and Venatus Media hires publisher relationship manager and business development manager.
PlayStation UK is pleased to welcome Gameloft's Toby Dawson (pictured above, left) as product manager on the software team. In his new role, Dawson will oversee campaigns for future first party titles and handle third party relationships. He will also report to group marketing manager for software Lauren Bradley.
Meanwhile, PlayStation UK's NealMcCann (pictured above, right) has also been promoted from marketing assistant to junior product manager. He first joined the team in 2014 and has since worked across the likes of PlayStation 20th anniversary, PaRappa the Rapper Remastered, Knack 2 and Farpoint. He will now be leading on the forthcoming PlayStation VR titles Bravo Team and The Inpatient.
PC Gamer has named Rock Paper Shotgun's PhilippaWarr as its new deputy editor. I'm truly excited to be joining PC Gamer and working with a bunch of such talented people to bring cool ideas to fruition,” said Warr. I'm also keen to help bolster the number of people called Phil on the team. The multitude of Toms have had their day.”
UK editor-in-chief Samuel Roberts added: We've been huge fans of Philippa's work for years, and we're delighted she's joining the PC Gamer team. She's a true original in games media, and her ideas for the magazine are incredibly exciting.”
Journalist (and former editor of our sister title Develop) Will Freeman has been appointed editor of Ukie and the VSC Rating Board's newly-relaunched age rating guidance site AskAboutGames. Freeman said of his appointment: I'm thrilled to get on board with AskAboutGames for at least two reasons. Firstly, I adore sharing the potential of games with people, and AskAboutGames is a brilliant way of doing just that. Secondly, the diversity of the game medium's content today is perhaps the best thing about it."
He continued: "That does mean, however, that we have to be careful and responsible in making sure game content is appropriate to the audiences that consume it. Game age ratings are not a matter of stifling or censoring the medium; quite the opposite, in fact. Knowledge is power, and information about game content gives audiences, the industry and games themselves the potential to flourish all the more.”
Venatus Media has welcomed two new employees: former Evolve Media strategic partnerships and publisher services manager Serena Pasion (pictured below, left), who joins as publisher relationship manager, and Spotad's Emma Henderson-Williams (pictured below, right), who joins as its new business development manager.
Pasion will be supporting the company's portfolio of publishers, including Mobafire, Xbox Achievements and PlayStation Trophies; while Henderson-Williams will be onboarding new gaming and entertainment sites and apps. Venatus CEO Rob Gay said: Both Emma and Serena bring experience of supporting publishers across platforms and international territories and I am delighted to welcome them to the team.”