RockYou Names Gaming Veteran Jonathan Knight Senior Vice President of Games
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ — RockYou today announced the appointment of Jonathan Knight, former executive at Electronic Arts and Activision, as Senior Vice President of RockYou Games.
With over fifteen years of experience producing and directing games, Knight has been a major contributor to leading franchises like Star Trek, Quake, Wolfenstein, and The Simpsons. At EA’s Maxis Studio, he produced several expansion packs to The Sims (the most successful PC game in history), and was Lead Producer and a creative leader for the universally-acclaimed The Sims 2. As Vice President and Executive Producer at EA’s Visceral Games studio, he was the creator of the hit game, Dante’s Inferno.
Prior to his nine-year tenure at Electronic Arts, Knight held a management position as Executive Producer at Activision. He has also managed game production at other major publishers, including Interplay and Viacom New Media. Jonathan is a passionate gamer, and grew up playing and making games on the family Apple II that still sits in his office.
“I am thrilled to have Jonathan bring his wealth of experience and leadership to RockYou,” says Lisa Marino, COO. “Jonathan is a creative force in gaming, and his exceptional track record in commercially – and critically-successful games will drive RockYou’s growth and set a new direction for social gaming.”
“The next chapter of social gaming will be defined by quality and innovation. We’ve barely opened the book on this story, and as more game makers gravitate toward this exciting platform, we can expect a whole new wave of social game design and online entertainment. RockYou took an early leadership role in this space, and is now poised to be a major player in the future,” said Knight.
Founded in 2005, RockYou is a leading developer of social games and advertising solutions for social media. With over 280 million uniques and 15 billion monthly global impressions, RockYou reaches and monetizes social gamers across the most popular social media destinations online. Through RockYou Media, brands are empowered to reach social gamers through our innovative advertising products, including Deal of the Day(SM), in-game brand sponsorships, video and rich media offerings, and performance marketing. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, RockYou is funded by Sequoia Capital, Partech International, Lightspeed Venture Partners, DCM, SK Telecom Ventures and Softbank. For more information, please visit http://www.rockyou.com
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