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Ex-Activision exec Robin Kaminsky joins Defiance publisher’s board

Monday, 15th July 2013 05:53 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Former Activision executive vice president of publishing Robin Kaminsky has joined the board of Rift and Defiance publisher Trion Worlds.

Speaking to VentureBeat, Kaminsky said her considerable experience will be of use to Trion as it expands its catalogue of free-to-play MMOs.

“I love their approach to the market. They are very much at the cutting edge as an online team. They have put a real emphasis on free-to-play. I believe the future is in online free-to-play games, and so I am excited to be involved with them,” she said.

The new board members said Trion has a full slate of games on the horizon, and that it is adjusting its approach to micro-transactions after years of subscription business models.

As well as her stint at Activision from 2005 to 2008, Kaminsky has held executive positions in several other non-gaming tech and toy companies, and was once an advisor to Gaikai.

Thanks, Develop.

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  1. GrimRita

    It always troubles me when yet ANOTHER over paid big cheese is hired on the back off people getting laid off at Rift not too long ago, the cull to the End of Nations staff.

    Publishers really need to get a grip and starting seeing what value these clowns bring in terms of ROI instead of just hiring their ‘chums’

    #1 9 months ago
  2. TheBlackHole

    People got let go because the game they made wasn’t very good. You cannot continue to support people that make bad products. Despite there being several cases of good developers going under, the majority of the time it is simply a case of bad products, which can be many people’s responsibility, including the developers.

    Also, who are you to say how much ROI this woman (or anyone for that matter) brings into a business?

    She has probably been hired because she has considerable experience working with, and supporting, other companies who have experienced similar rocky growth periods as Trion.

    Her experience will hopefully mean better business decisions are made, actually saving jobs in the long run.

    #2 9 months ago