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RuneScape maker Jagex bolsters Partners publishing label team

RuneScape maker Jagex bolsters Partners publishing label team

UK games firm Jagex has made a number of hires for its Partners publishing label.

The firm has brought in Insomniac, Kabam and Wargaming vet Chris Pfeiffer as its new director of product management, while Thomas Hopper – formerly of Bethesda and Blizzard – has joined as senior producer for Jagex's third-party line-up.

Meanwhile, Stuart Bottell has been hired as platform partnerships lead, a role that will see him improving what Jagex Partners' is capable of and hopefully bringing in more games as a result. He has previously worked at Electronic Arts and PlayStation.

Finally, Jagex has brought Wargaming vet Robert Fox-Galassi in as lead product manager for its new publishing label.

“Each of these new hires brings a wealth of industry experience in developing high-quality games and in overseeing the kind of high-performance third-party development teams we are and will be working with in the future," VP of Jagex Partners Jeff Pabst said.

"As we prepare to lift the lid on the first JXP title, developed by the team at Flying Wild Hog in Cracow, these additions come at a very exciting time.”

Jagex CEO Phil Mansell (pictured) added: “2021 is proving to be yet another important year for us in terms of recruiting, with new additions to the Jagex Partners’ third-party publishing team just one part of a concerted effort to build capabilities across the company. These new hires will play a crucial role in Jagex’s further growth by accelerating the development of new and existing games for wider global audiences.”

Jagex unveiled its Partners publishing label back in August 2018. Two years later, it revealed the first project that it had signed: the next title from Poland's Flying Wild Hog.

In January of this year, Jagex found itself under a new owner once again – this time investment giant The Carlyle Group. We caught up with Mansell to see what this means for both the company's long-running RuneScape, but also its other ambitions.

Disclaimer: Alex Calvin is a freelancer who has worked with Jagex as a contractor on multiple projects.

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