It can be difficult keeping track of the various comings and goings in the games industry, which is why we compile them in semi-regular round-ups.
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Mary DeMarle | Senior Narrative Director, BioWare
BioWare has snapped up games writing veteran Mary DeMarle for an unspecified project.
DeMarle has spent the last 15 years at Eidos Montreal, where she served as executive narrative director on multiple titles in the Deus Ex Franchise. She also created the story and led the writing team on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, released in 2021.
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz last July, DeMarle detailed the journey of creating the Guardians game based on an established IP, but making it a different to pre-existing media.
“They basically told us: ‘We want you to create a game that is the Eidos Montreal version of Guardians of the Galaxy,” DeMarle said. “We don’t want you to make the movie version, we don’t want you to make the comic books. We want you to make this your own, as long as you stay true to the essence of who these characters are’.”
Grace Hui Tang | Independent Director, NetEase
Chinese tech outfit NetEase brings its board count up to six with the appointment of Grace Hui Tang as its newest independent director.
Tang has worked at accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers for the last 30 years, 19 of which she spent as an audit partner.
In the new role, Tang will also serve as chairperson of the board’s audit, compensation, nominating and committees, as well as a member of its environmental, social and governance committee.
“We are pleased to have Grace join our board,” said NetEase CEO William Ding. “Her deep expertise in accounting, finance and business management, as well as her well-respected career distinguished by her commitment and diligence, make her the perfect fit for our board and our business.”
Three new hires | Curve Games
UK publisher Curve has announced a trio of new appointments: Charlie Andre-Barrett as head of business development, Kristian von Fersen as franchise director, and Lynn Daniel as director of public relations.
Andre-Barrett brings over 20 years of experience to the role and joins from Team17, where he served as head of sales over the last year. Prior to that role, he spent eight years as a sales manager at Bethesda Softworks.
Von Fersen joins Curve from digital agency Dorset Creative, where he served as head of delivery. He also brings experience from senior roles at Electronic Arts, United Front Games and Relic Entertainment.
Lynn Daniel also brings 25 years’ worth of experience to Curve, having managed PR campaigns with Sega and Atari as director of PR and head of communications, respectively. She’s also a co-founder of tech PR outfit Bope.
It is an exciting time for Curve Games as we continue to strengthen our presence within the indie developer space to become the go-to publisher for unique and creative videogames, said Curve Games CEO John Clark.
“We are delighted to welcome Charlie, Kristian and Lynn to the Curve team. I’m confident their considerable collective talents will further invigorate our busy teams and help us drive the business forward.”
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