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MOVERS AND SHAKERS This month: Bossa Studios, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Bigpoint and Mind Candy BOSSA HIRES THREE INDUSTRY VETS

BOSSA STUDIOS Independent developer Bossa has made three high- profi le hires to its Board of Advisers. Industry veterans IAN LIVINGSTONE CBE, ANDY PAYNE OBE and DAVID LAU-KEE have joined the studio’s board.

“We’ve been punching above our weight since we founded the studio,” said the fi rm’s co-founder and CEO HENRIQUE OLLIFIERS. “From getting invested in by a great partner such as Shine mere six months into our adventure to winning a BAFTA for our debut

game, and later creating the success of Surgeon Simulator, the advisory board is truly one of these ‘I can’t believe we did it’ moments. “Ian, David and Andy are personal heroes to us. The amount of wisdom one gets from a quick chat with any of them is truly remarkable, and we know better than anyone how much advice we need in these turbulent transition times in the games industry. Payne added: ”I have known Imre, Henrique and Roberta for some time and always loved the work that Bossa were doing. When they asked me

GOVERNMENT IAN LIVINGSTONE’S new role at Bossa is not his only new one this month.

Livingstone has also been appointed an Innovation and Skills Creative Industries Champion by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. In this role the industry veteran will play a key role in promoting and supporting the creative sector. Livingstone already sits on a number of industry boards, including Creative England.

“British creativity is the envy of the world. Our designers, musicians, fi lm, TV and games makers have put the UK on the world map with their talent,” said business secretary VINCE CABLE. ”They have also played a big part in driving our economic recovery. The sector now generates £71bn in revenue each year and support 1.71m jobs.”

Livingstone added: “It is a huge honour to take up this position. The UK is arguably the most creative nation in the world. The sector punches above its weight and I am looking forward to helping ensure that its economic and cultural contribution to the UK is both recognised and supported.”

Bossa’s new hires: (From left to right) Ian Livingstone CBE, Andy Payne OBE and David Lau-Kee

whether I would like to join as an advisor, I was humbled and honoured. What Bossa has in development is awesome in so many ways and I am confi dent that they will build on the

BIGPOINT Online game publisher and developer Bigpoint has hired former-Zynga producer VARUN NAGENDRA. He will serve as producer of Farmerama and will be in charge of the game’s live operations. In his time at Zynga, Nagendra worked on live production for the likes of Farmville, Castleville and Bubble Safari. “I’m extremely pleased to join the incredibly talented team at Bigpoint,” said Nagendra.

“I’m really happy in Hamburg and I appreciate the open-minded atmosphere in the company.“

success of Surgeon Simulator showing that another UK-based games company is capable of pushing the boundaries of games development and design.”

MIND CANDY The Moshi Monsters studio founder MICHAEL ACTON SMITH is to step down as CEO.

He is not leaving,

however, and will hold a management position focusing on two new projects – World of Warriors and PopJam. Until a new CEO is found, COO and CFO DIVINIA KNOWLES will be serving as its president. “I’ve been doing some deep thinking, and I am self-aware enough to know that I am much better on the creative side of business than on the operations side,” Acton Smith said in a video.

Strawdog Studios

Derby, United Kingdom

THIS IS WHERE WE WORK Opening the doors to studios around the world

This Derby-based studio has been behind such mobile successes as Peppa Pig, and has worked with the likes of Atari and Chillingo. It employs ten members of staff .

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