Jagex continues to hire big in Cambridge with 100 fresh hires in 2019
Chinese-owned games developer Jagex has strengthened the studio by hiring industry-leading talent across all levels and disciplines.
The latest growth builds on the successes of 2019 which saw Jagex hire more than 100 new employees across development, publishing and operations at its growing Cambridge HQ.
This includes senior leaders joining from EA, Blizzard, Activision, Ubisoft, Riot and more, adding vast games industry experience to the Jagex team. 2020 is poised to be yet another year of significant investment in recruiting, with new additions across all levels and disciplines.
David Bamberger has been appointed new head of product marketing for RuneScape. David is an industry veteran with nearly 25 years of experience in games marketing.
Most recently he worked at Tencent America as marketing manager for PUBG Mobile. He has previously launched top brands including Final Fantasy VII, Twisted Metal, Prince of Persia, Hitman, and Batman: Arkham Asylum. Ouni Kwon has joined Jagex’s publishing powerhouse as head of product marketing for Old School RuneScape.
Prior to this, Ouni spent nine years at Wargaming, where he worked on World of Tanks, and was most recently global product marketing director for Total War: Arena.
Joeyray Hall has accepted the new role of creative services director. Before joining Jagex, Joeyray spent more than 23 years at Blizzard Entertainment where he advanced from 3D Artist through to senior management roles, including cinematics senior project manager.
Mike Donatelli becomes product director of Old School RuneScape. Mike has nearly 20 years of experience in the industry having begun his career at Mythic Entertainment.
He holds a wealth of knowledge in online gaming having worked in senior roles on products such as Dark Age of Camelot, Warhammer Online and Wildstar.
Stewart Stanbury joins as director of business development. Throughout his career he has worked with clients including Adobe, Dell, Ubisoft, EA, Rockstar, King, and Wargaming to provide insight, strategy, research, marketing and player retention support.
Stewart will be leading Jagex’s outreach to external studios while seeking investment, retail and licensing opportunities for Jagex’s corporate portfolio.
Anna Mostyn-Williams has been appointed director of publishing partnerships. She has over a decade of experience working with world-leading brands such as Xbox, Quantic Dream and Discovery Communications as well as launching two successful technology start-ups.
Jagex CEO Phil Mansell said: “With the significant talent we’re able to continuously attract to Jagex it’s very clear that big things lie ahead for the studio as we approach our 20th Anniversary of RuneScape.
“We recognise the importance of investing in exceptional talent, with 100 new hires welcomed to Jagex in 2019 alone; we have witnessed a record-breaking year whilst hitting exciting milestones and plan to continue to build our talent pool through 2020 and beyond.”
The new appointments come as Jagex announces a further all-time high for the RuneScape franchise. RuneScape and Old School RuneScape combined achieved their highest-ever membership peak in 2019, with more than 1.1 million players taking advantage of subscription packages that delivers exclusive quests and content in an expanded game world.
Jagex’s flagship MMORPG, RuneScape, has welcomed more than 275 million player accounts to its world and is a $1 billion lifetime revenue franchise.
The business now employs more than 360 people at its Cambridge HQ. Jagex is part of Fukong Interactive Entertainment, a global games group publicly listed in China.