9 great signings in the video game industry

Naughty Dog and RockStar templates change; The Initiative does not stop growing.

As in football, in video games there are two business models: quarry and portfolio . The first consists of betting on founding studios, often with novice or inexperienced developers. The second, for its part, focuses on going to the market and convincing contrasted figures, either with an ambitious project or with a checkbook .

There are also cases in which a developer leaves one studio for another looking for a change of scene , as we have seen recently in the march of several Naughty Dog creatives towards The Initiative , the new Xbox Game Studios team. During the last years we have seen very important movements in companies like RockStar or Ubisoft , among others. For this reason, we give a review of 9 great signings in the video game industry

Darrell Gallagher for The InitiativeHe is the leader of The Initiative, and his career is spectacular. Not everyone can boast of having worked in franchises of the importance of Tomb Raider, Call of Duty, Deus Ex, Destiny, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice … Almost nothing.

 

Jade Raymond by UbisoftRaymond is an industry legend not only because of his work at the controls of Assassin’s Creed, but because of his track record marked by Sony Online Entertainment and Electronic Arts. His arrival forever changed the history of Ubisoft.

 

Ryan Barnard by IO InteractiveBarnard had worked at companies such as Crytek, Sony Online Interactive and EA Mythic before taking over directing the popular The Division. In 2016, he joined the ranks of IO Interactive to work on Hitman.

 

Lauren García for The InitiativeAnother one for the ranks of the new Microsoft study. Garcia was technical director of character shading – the same position he will hold at The Initiative – in The Last of Us: Part 2, so you know how he spends them.

 

John Carmack for OculusTalking about Carmack is talking about Quake and Doom, among other legendary sagas. Nobody could imagine that he would abandon id Software to dedicate himself to virtual reality signing for Oculus. Of course, last year he decided to resign.

 

Don Mattrick by ZyngaWe all remember his smile when introducing Xbox One, and we all know what happened shortly after. In any case, Don Mattrick only took a few months to sign for Zynga, the American mobile video game giant.

 

Mary Kenney by InsomniacShe is responsible for titles such as The Walking Dead: The Final Season and Batman: The Enemy Within, among others. He is now part of Insomniac and has put his stamp on Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

 

Mary Kenney by InsomniacShe is responsible for titles such as The Walking Dead: The Final Season and Batman: The Enemy Within, among others. He is now part of Insomniac and has put his stamp on Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

 

Marisa Palumbo by Retro StudiosRetro Studios continues to expand for Metroid Prime 4. This time, the chosen one has been Marisa Palumbo (producer), who has a long history in companies such as Blizzard and RockStar.

 

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