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Mobile gaming company Wildlife has partnered with Electronic Arts veterans Ray Mazza and Michael Duke to form a studio, Never Forget Games.
The studio, located in San Francisco, will develop games using Wildlife’s development and publishing platform.
Mazza is known for developing the puzzle game Merge Dragons! — which Zynga acquired in 2018 — and working on The Sims at Electronic Arts. Duke was a former senior producer for The Sims 4. Peter Ingebretson, lead gameplay engineer for The Sims 3 and 4, is also among the group of execs leading the new studio.
Wildlife, which Brazilian brothers Victor and Arthur Lazarte founded in 2011, is known for games including Sniper 3D, Zooba, Tennis Clash and War Machines. Last August, the company announced that it had raised $120 million in funding — on a $3 billion valuation — from investors including Benchmark, Vulcan Capital and Bessemer. The company has over 850 employees in five offices around the world, including the U.S., Ireland, Argentina and Brazil.
“We’re bringing together superstars to push the boundaries of creativity and fun with the formation of Never Forget Games, building unforgettable gaming experiences.” Mazza said in a statement. Duke added, “Ray and I had a lot of choices when deciding who to partner with for our next endeavor. Wildlife was perfect because we have full creative control without any of the headaches of starting our own company. We get to focus on what matters: making games.”
Among new appointments at Wildlife Studios, Sean Boyle, former chief financial officer at Amazon Web Services, will join as chief operating officer; and Robby Andrews, who was previously head of growth at Instagram, will join as head of publishing.
Wildlife CEO Lazarte said, “We want to be the company that honors talented game creators the most, and that makes it easier and faster for them to create the games that will mark our generation. We are investing in our publishing infrastructure, enabling developers to concentrate solely on making great games.”
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