FUNimation Entertainment President and CEO Named GameSamba Chairman
EVERETT, Wash., Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — GameSamba, online game developer and publisher, named Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment, as the first Chairman of its Board of Directors (the “Board”).
Fukunaga’s appointment further deepens the strategic alliance formed between the two companies earlier this year. This alliance includes a multi-faceted promotional partnership to cross promote online gaming and anime titles to each other’s audiences.
“I see this collaborative relationship as a bridge between the online gaming and anime worlds and allows both companies many opportunities to work together effectively and in many imaginative ways,” said Fukunaga. “Their games – Realms Online, Remnant Knights, and Tribal Trouble 2 – are such winners, I had to be a bigger part of this company and invest significant capital into it.”
Scott Wong, president and CEO of GameSamba, commented, “Gen will bring strong, expert leadership and counsel to our Board. His vision, industry knowledge and operational experience will benefit the Company and our shareholders as we grow and gain a competitive position.”
A seasoned executive, Fukunaga brings more than 25 years of experience to the GameSamba Board. He has been the president at FUNimation since founding the company in 1994 and has led it to become one of the nation’s leading brand management and independent home entertainment distributors and the home of such iconic anime series as Dragon Ball Z and Fullmetal Alchemist. Prior to FUNimation, Fukunaga held positions with Tandem Computers, Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) and IBM. Mr. Fukunaga received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Remnant Knights and other games from GameSamba can be found at www.gamesamba.com.
ABOUT FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT
FUNimationÃ‚® Entertainment is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.
GameSamba is a worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software, specializing in Online Gaming. Headquartered in Everett, WA, GameSamba offers free to play games through a global network of offices located in North America and Taiwan. More information about GameSamba and its products may be found at GameSamba’s US website, www.gamesamba.com.
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