Two Top Executives Leave Games Group Bigpoint

6:05 AM PST 07/19/2012 by Scott Roxborough
Philip Reisberger

The German online gaming giant is behind free-to-play titles including "Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms" and "Ice Age Online."

COLOGNE, Germany – Two top executives at German online gaming giant Bigpoint are leaving the company to set up their own mobile gaming studio.

The brothers Philip and Tobias Reisberger, respectively Chief Games Officer and Chief Revenue Officer at the Hamburg-based developer, will step down following the gamescom conference in Cologne next month. They have set up their own studio, AppFlag, which will focus on designing games for mobile platforms. In addition, the Reisbergers are also planning to offer their services as consultants in the free-to-play gaming space.

The Reisbergers said there was no animosity between them and Bigpoint founder and CEO Heiko Hubertz and that they part on good terms.

It remains to be seen what impact the Reisbergers departure will have on Bigpoint, which, according to the company's own figures, reaches more than 250 million gamers via its gaming portal. The company designs and markets browser games: free-to-play games that can be played online without being downloaded.

Bigpoint has made a splash in Hollywood by teaming up with studios to design games based on TV and film franchises. Recent titles include Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms, a massive multiplayer online game based on HBO's hit fantasy series; and Ice Age Online, an adventure game based on 20th Century Fox's hit animated film franchise.

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