Former Disney CEO Arthur Houtman take reigns at Vanguard

Sunday, 14 November 2010 12:20 GMT By Joe Anderson


Vanguard Entertainment, a new start-up consisting of former Guerrilla Games employees, has appointed former Disney director Arthur Houtman as its group CEO.

Vanguard was formed in September by Guerrilla founders Martin de Ronde and Michiel Mol, with the former acting as CCO.

The studio’s first game, Gatling Gears, is being developed for PSN, XBLA and PC in conjunction with EA Partners .

Houtman, who was responsible for overseeing MMOs during his stay at Disney, also has a spell at Atari under his belt, where he acted as VP of product development.

“Over the past few years I’ve been witness to an online revolution which is yet to properly hit the world of consoles,” said Houtman, “and I can’t wait to apply the experience I gained at Disney Online to the PSN and XBLA products Vanguard is developing.”

Co-founder Michiel Mol added, “With Vanguard’s mission revolving around merging the best of online gaming with that of console gaming, Arthur’s combined experience in both those markets fits our strategy perfectly and we are convinced he can execute on the strategy accordingly.”

Gatling Gears is one of a few projects the company is developing, although the rest are under wraps at the moment.

Thanks, GI.Biz.