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Gazillion hires former Microsoft exec Stuart Moulder as new VP

Wednesday, 20th May 2009 16:28 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Gazillion Entertainment has hired former Microsoft general manager of PC games Stuart Moulder as its new Vice President of Studios.

Moulder has over 20 years of experience in the industry having previously worked for Sierra Online and its online gaming network The ImagiNation Network.

While at Microsoft Game Studios, he was responsible for the acquisition and management of Bungie , Ensemble Studios and FASA.

“I’m thoroughly excited about the chance to join the team at Gazillion Entertainment,” said Stuart.

“The mass market MMO space is adding new gamers at a stunning pace and, with the team and titles already in place at Gazillion, the company is well positioned to contend for leadership within the market space in the years ahead.”

Stuart will be responsible for the overall management of Gazillion’s game development efforts across the company’s studios.

Read on for the press release.

SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gazillion Entertainment, a leading developer, publisher and operator of massively multiplayer online (MMO) games for wide audiences, announced today that former Microsoft Game Studios Executive Stuart Moulder has joined as Vice President of Studios. Stuart will be responsible for the overall management of Gazillion’s game development efforts across the company’s studios.

A seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in the gaming space, Mr. Moulder began his career with Sierra On-line and Sierra’s online gaming network The ImagiNation Network. Following Sierra, Stuart was General Manager of Microsoft Game Studios. During his eight years at Microsoft, Stuart managed Microsoft’s game development business and was responsible for acquiring and managing developers such as the iconic Bungie (Halo), Ensemble Studios (Age of Empires) and FASA (MechWarrior) teams.

Most recently, Stuart was Senior Vice President at Screenlife where he helped the company bring their Scene It? franchise to the Xbox 360 and mobile phone platforms, and where he helped lead the sale of Screenlife to Paramount Digital.

“Stuart is widely recognized as an industry leader with a wealth of experience managing teams who have developed multiple blockbuster titles,” said Rob Hutter, CEO of Gazillion. “We’re pleased that Stuart has elected to contribute his deep game industry expertise and proven game development leadership.”

“I’m thoroughly excited about the chance to join the team at Gazillion Entertainment,” said Stuart. “The mass market MMO space is adding new gamers at a stunning pace and, with the team and titles already in place at Gazillion, the company is well positioned to contend for leadership within the market space in the years ahead.”

Stuart Moulder will be based out of Gazillion Headquarters in San Mateo, CA and out of Amazing Society in Issaquah, WA.

Gazillion Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and operator of massively multiplayer online (MMO) games for wide audiences. Gazillion has assembled talent from across the landscape of MMOs, videogames, animated feature films and technology to address the mission of building breakthrough massively multiplayer experiences featuring world class brands and original franchises, superior production quality and unmatched gameplay. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Gazillion has four independent but wholly owned MMO development studios located in California, Colorado, and Washington currently in production on Casual and AAA MMO properties. The company also owns the award-winning SmartyCard payment service for younger audiences which works with leading online games and more. For more information on Gazillion, its products and services please visit www.gazillion.com.

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