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4 December, 2017 - 13:22 By Kate Sweeney

Industry ‘veterans’ boost Jagex

Jagex has strengthened its publishing and product operations with the appointment of seasoned industry executives, naming John Burns, formerly of NCSOFT, TRION and Electronic Arts as senior VP Publishing, and – following a five-year tenure with NetEase in China – Cassia Curran as head of business development.

The Cambridge online games specialist has also announced that Neil McClarty, previously senior product director, has been appointed VP, product management.

The appointments come as Jagex extends its iconic RuneScape titles to mobile, invests in the development of additional franchise titles for both the Western and Eastern markets, while also exploring external studio investment opportunities.

Phil Mansell, CEO, Jagex said: “Jagex is moving forward with bold growth plans. Our ability to attract experienced industry talent such as John and Cassia, while also recognising the value that Neil has delivered for Jagex, is indicative of our acceleration as we strengthen the leadership of our publishing, product, and partnership teams.

“We are bolstering our portfolio with franchise extensions, including RuneScape and Old School on mobile, we have new franchise titles in production for both the Western and Eastern markets, and continue to explore external studio and product investment opportunities to complement Jagex’s long-held expertise in running living game worlds.”

With some 30 years’ experience in packaged and online game publishing, John Burns most recently served as NCSOFT’s SVP Publishing, where he led the Seoul-headquartered online games company’s Western publishing operations. He has also held leadership positions at Trion Worlds, Electronic Arts and Activision.

Burns said: “Jagex is an industry leader in live games, recognised for the incredible rise of RuneScape, a passion for its players and its commitment to innovate. 

“2017 has been an exciting year for the company with the announcement that the RuneScape franchise will come to mobile for gamers to adventure anywhere at any time and a focused portfolio expansion through product investment to deliver titles that will engage and excite fans globally. I am looking forward to being part of the Jagex team and helping further build on the historical success and accelerate the company.’

A leader in creating deep and engaging live games, Jagex’s flagship MMORPG, RuneScape, has welcomed over 250 million player accounts to its world. Today the RuneScape franchise exists beyond running games in live operations; our titles are living games that connect and inspire millions of players, with content and experiences both inside and outside of inexhaustible game worlds.

Both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, on PC and coming to mobile, offer ever-evolving, highly-active worlds and the community-focused development ethos empowers players to have a real say in how each game is shaped.
Jagex is expanding and extending its portfolio with fresh franchise titles and new IP to bring life to the living games of the future. 

The company employs over 320 people at its Cambridge headquarters. In 2016 it became part of Fukong Interactive Entertainment, a global games group publicly listed in China. 

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: John Burns, senior VP Publishing at Jagex

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