Gamasutra is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
November 27, 2021
arrowPress Releases
If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:


Bigpoint Hires On Planet Moon Studios Staff

Bigpoint Hires On Planet Moon Studios Staff

January 11, 2011 | By Kris Graft

January 11, 2011 | By Kris Graft
Comments
    Post A Comment
More: Console/PC



Germany-based free-to-play browser game company Bigpoint said Tuesday it hired on 37 artists and developers from Planet Moon Studios, whose talent joined Bigpoint's San Francisco development location.

Bigpoint North American PR director Alan Dunton told Gamasutra that the deal "is focused on talent -- we are not buying [Planet Moon's] IP."

Dunton added, "Globally, Bigpoint is growing aggressively. Having the opportunity to bring Planet Moon's former staff onboard supports our hiring goals in San Francisco and will help us ramp-up teams to work on additional projects."

Bigpoint said in November it would open an office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and in September the company said it planned on hiring 350 workers worldwide, including 80 in San Francisco.

Bigpoint, which claims to have 165 million users across its games, also said it has over 700 employees working at its Hamberg, Germany headquarters.

Planet Moon's development record shows a primary focus on console and handheld titles, and Bigpoint plans to integrate that experience into browser-based online game development.

Developers from Shiny Entertainment's MDK team spun off Planet Moon in 1997. The studio is credited with games including Giants: Citizen Kabuto, Armed and Dangerous and Infected between 2000-2005.

More recently, the San Francisco-based studio released Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter and The Sims 3: Life Moments for Nintendo Wii, as well as Disney's Tangled on Wii and DS.

"The addition of talented staff from Planet Moon to our team, specifically their experience across many platforms, will bolster our efforts as we continue to expand our business and portfolio of online titles to gamers here and around the world," said Bigpoint CEO and founder Heiko Hubertz.

Planet Moon CEO Aaron Loeb said his team worked with Bigpoint over the holidays as part of the transition. The San Francisco-based teams are currently integrated into a group of just under 100 staff, Bigpoint said, and are working on "several" unannounced titles, as well as the game Ruined Online (pictured).

Bigpoint's San Francisco employees will soon move into a new South of Market, San Francisco office that can hold up to 250 employees and is slated to open next month.

Loeb told Gamasutra in a statement that he will "issue further statements about Planet Moon down the road."


Related Jobs

Sucker Punch Productions
Sucker Punch Productions — Bellevue, Washington, United States
[11.25.21]

Senior Systems Designer
Sucker Punch Productions
Sucker Punch Productions — Bellevue, Washington, United States
[11.25.21]

Senior Tools and Engine Programmers
Sucker Punch Productions
Sucker Punch Productions — Bellevue, Washington, United States
[11.25.21]

Senior Gameplay Programmer
Sucker Punch Productions
Sucker Punch Productions — Bellevue, Washington, United States
[11.25.21]

Senior Camera Programmer









Loading Comments

loader image