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Sega vet Clark moves from Tencent to Curve Digital

Sega vet Clark moves from Tencent to Curve Digital

The former EVP of publishing at Sega Europe John Clark has been appointed CEO of London-based indie label, Curve Digital.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Clark said he has taken on the chief exec role, with the publisher's managing director Jason Perkins' moving to a newly-created position heading up Curve's studios.

Clark joined Sega back in 2007 as the MD of its UK arm, before also becoming digital distribution director three years later. In 2014 he rose to SVP of commercial publishing ahead of a promotion of EVP of publishing in 2017.

At the end of 2019, he was hired by Chinese tech and entertainment giant Tencent, where he worked as VP of partnerships for Europe. This followed former Sega Europe COO and president Jurgen Post joining Tencent in 2017.

"In the UK industry, it's hard not to recognise the impact of Team17, Sumo, Frontier, Codemasters, Keywords," Clark said.

"We see the success of these companies and the way they're building a significant UK industry. Curve is part of that -- it's in a different part of the cycle, but still an exciting part.

"If you then think about the indie games industry, again, that is flourishing. When we think about where the innovation is and where the next big thing is going to come from, it's difficult to not think about the thriving indie community. So to be part of both the UK games industry and the indie games scene, that was a big, big draw for me."

Curve Digital parent company Catalis Group was acquired by VC firm North Edge Capital in October 2019.


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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