SEGA® today announced that it has hired a Vice President of Product, Joseph Kim, to lead its mobile product strategy in the West. Kim previously served as FunPlus’ Studio Head in the Strategy Division and External General Manager of the Vancouver office.
“This position is instrumental in pulling all three of our wholly owned studios and two studio investments together to drive SEGA’s success on mobile,” said Chris Olson, COO, SEGA Networks. “Kim’s rich background in successfully bringing games to market along with his experience in consulting and analytics makes him the best candidate for the job, and we look forward to seeing him work his magic.”
Over the course of his career, Kim has worked on numerous noteworthy titles including Faraway Kingdoms: Dragon Raiders (Smilegate), NBA Rush (RenRen Games USA), and Fantasy Quest (GAMEVIL). Further, Kim has acted as a consultant or advisor to a number of mobile game studios including CMUNE, RenRen Games USA, Smilegate, Ninja Theory and Brainz. He was also responsible for launching League of Heroes on Myspace and Facebook, an early social game that was one of the highest monetizing games of its time on a per-user basis, and the first to introduce guild vs. guild mechanics.
“In mobile gaming, the best is yet to come,” said Joseph Kim, Vice President of Product, SEGA Networks. “I look forward to working with the teams at SEGA to help deliver awesome game experiences to existing and future SEGA customers.“
SEGA’s mobile division continues to grow at a steady pace, having recently released Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom™ from Hardlight™ and Puzzle & Glory™ from Demiurge Studios™. Sonic Dash™, released in 2013, recently reached a milestone of over 150M downloads.
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About SEGA Networks, SEGA’s mobile division
SEGA Networks Inc. is SEGA’s mobile division in the West, and the distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Games Co., Ltd. Based in San Francisco, SEGA Networks has dedicated studios across North America and in the UK focused on creating fun, compelling and engaging games. Its titles feature iconic intellectual property as well as original innovative content for mobile and tablet devices. Since 2008, SEGA has been a leader in the smartphone and tablet space and continues to be at the forefront of mobile gaming. SEGA’s dedicated mobile studios include Hardlight™, Three Rings™ and Demiurge Studios™, not including SEGA’s PC and console studios, and its studios in Japan that also make games for mobile audiences. Additionally, it also has investments in Space Ape Games™ and Ignited Artists™. For more information, visit www.sega.com.