Playdemic appoints Ian Livingstone as chairman

Industry luminary to support Cheshire-based studio in driving further growth and expansion into mobile
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UK social game developer Playdemic has appointed Ian Livingstone as company chairman.

Cheshire-based Playdemic, which has developed Facebook games such as Gourmet Ranch and Village Life, was founded in 2010 by Paul Gouge.

Livingstone brings a wealth of industry experience to the young studio, such as being life president at Eidos, co-founding the Games Workshop, co-authoring the Next Gen skills report and is currently vice chair for UKIE. He was also appointed CBE in the 2012 New Year Honours list for his services to the computer game sector.

The industry veteran said he would help drive further growth of the company on Facebook and also help leverage the studio’s portfolio on mobile platforms

“The appointment of Ian demonstrates our commitment to creating the highest-quality games”, Playdemic CEO Paul Gouge.

“Ian has operated at the top of the games business for many years and I am confident that his incredible experience and expertise in all aspects of the industry will prove invaluable in Playdemic’s continued growth. Ian has already proved to be an inspiration and a resource for the Playdemic team in creating exciting new games for the latest platforms.”

Livingstone added: “The boom in social gaming represents an incredible opportunity for talented game studios like Playdemic. Millions of people are playing games on their smart phones and Facebook. Playdemic is a hidden UK success story; first with Gourmet Ranch on Facebook in 2010, and more recently with the hugely successful launch of Village Life.

“I am delighted to be appointed Chairman of the company, and look forward to working with the team to drive further growth on Facebook, and helping to leverage the studio’s content across mobile platforms.”