38 Studios Hires Two Former Playwell and Zynga Executives

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning maker 38 Studios has added two game industry veterans: John Blakely and Mark Hansen. John Blakely joins the company as senior vice-president of development, while Mark Hansen takes the role of senior vice-president of operations & business.

Prior to joining 38 Studios, Blakely worked at Zynga's Austin offices as its general manager. Prior to working for Zynga, he worked at Sony Online Entertainment as vice-president of development. While at SOE he oversaw development of several massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, including DC Universe Online and EverQuest II. In his new role he will oversee game development at 38 Studios' offices in Providence, RI and at Big Huge Games in Baltimore, MD.

Before joining 38 Studios, Hansen was senior director of Playwell Studios, where he oversaw the online game business for LEGO Systems Inc. While at Playwell, he led the development, launch, and operation of the LEGO Universe MMO. In his new role he will run the company's publishing efforts, including operational services, marketing, and business development.

38 Studios is currently working on its first MMO title, code named "Copernicus."

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