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Following a record year of financial growth, the U.K. based games publisher has made key hires at a senior level across finance, HR and production departments and launches the mobile division that will compliment Outright’s portfolio of major kids licensors.
Outright Games, the leading global publisher of kids interactive entertainment today, has announced six new executive hires across the business following on from news about their record 75% year on year financial growth in 2020.
The U.K. based, family-owned video games publisher, has announced the addition of Adam Whittaker, who joins Outright Games as its Chief Financial Officer. This move follows his 11 year tenure at NaturalMotion Games where he grew the company through to the sale to Zynga and continued as part of the senior leadership team for 3 years. Adam brings in-depth knowledge both in scaling tech companies, and in particular mobile games, having launched 14 #1 grossing titles. With Outright Games recording record revenue in 2020, Adam takes responsibility for all financial aspects of the company going forward.
Jon Bishop also joins as Head of Mobile Games to lead the rapidly growing mobile division at Outright Games, as the company looks to bring the most popular IPs in kids entertainment to smart phones and tablets across the globe. Jon brings over 20 years experience in the tech industry, across a range of marketing, gaming and business management roles at Paypal, Funding Circle and Coda Platform. As Head of Mobile Games he will oversee the development and growth of the entire mobile games division, as Outright Games uses its extensive roster of top licensors to become the leading publisher of kids games on mobile.
As the company continues to grow at scale, Mel Kent is appointed as Head of People, with 15 years experience in legal and compliance roles. With a 36% increase in personnel over the past 12 months, Mel is responsible for recruitment, HR, compliance, as well as developing a supportive culture for the fast growing team.
Outright Games is looking to triple their total existing portfolio of 18 titles by the end of 2022, and to meet this goal the company continues to build its production team, with three new hires across the department. Nick Ricks joins as Creative Director, Loz Doyle as Executive Producer, and Chris Rose as Senior Producer all having previously worked at TT Games with decades of experience in the kids’ games market shared between them.
Nick Ricks, Creative Director comments on the new role: “I’ve worked with inspiring and inventive teams, along with some of the world’s biggest IPs for 24 years in both creative and production roles. From small indie studios to global publishers, and across multiple platforms and genres, the thrill of creating unforgettable gaming experiences has always driven me, and is why I’m so excited for this new adventure here at Outright Games.”
Outright Games was established in 2016 by Terry Malham, Terry Malham-Wallis and Stephanie Malham, and is the market leader in publishing top quality licensed kids games from the biggest franchises in entertainment including Jumanji, Transformers, PAW Patrol, Ben 10, How to Train Your Dragon and Adventure Time. After opening offices in Los Angeles, London and Madrid over the past 3 years, Outright Games currently has over 30 projects in development, and is set for another blockbuster year.
This month Outright Games announced record financial growth in 2020. In Q4 alone, they generated £22 million in revenue, an increase of 75% from the same time in the previous year.
“Outright Games has been a pillar in the kids video game sector for years now, and I’m excited to join the team at this pivotal stage of the company’s growth. The industry has gone from strength-to-strength over the past year, and we continue to set the standard for top-quality licensed games for children. I wish I could say I’m more excited than my kids to work on some of these incredible franchises, but that wouldn’t be true!” Adam Whittaker, CFO, Outright Games
“The mobile games industry has been crying out for a trusted brand to bring quality, licensed content to kids. With so much experience and credibility in this space, we are uniquely positioned to lead the production of safe, reputable and high-quality mobile games with some of the biggest names in entertainment. This year alone we are set to reveal a host of exciting new titles, and I can’t wait for what lies ahead of us.” Jon Bishop, Head of Mobile, Outright Games
“It has been incredible to see our growth over the past year, and to welcome so many talented new faces into the business. We’re well on track for another record breaking year, and the team we have built continues to go from strength to strength.” Stephanie Malham, COO, Outright Games