Arkadium casual games studio hires EA, Microsoft Game Studios veteran as general manager

Casual games studio Arkadium will bring on industry veteran David Elton as its new general manager, reports GamesIndustry.biz.

Elton has worked in the games industry for 18 years, beginning as a project manager at Acclaim Entertainment in 1995. Elton served as creative director at EA Canada from 1998 to 2004 before moving on to business development at Microsoft Game Studios, where he assisted in evaluating the studio's portfolio and had a hand in deal negotiation.

Elton returned to creative direction in 2005 after joining the team at former Need for Speed developer EA Black Box. He also oversaw design direction for four years at Canada-based Silicon Knights, the studio behind Too Human and X-Men: Destiny.

"We were looking for a visionary to lead a passionate team of people while also inspiring creativity and encouraging innovation," Arkadium's founder and CEO Kenny Rosenblatt said in a statement. "David has amazing experience that spans across this entire industry, and he brings a wealth of knowledge of game development process from various platform and organizations."

"Arkadium has been in the games business for 12 years and the company has created a culture of innovation that inspired me," added Elton. "The Toronto area has become an impressive hub for video game development over the last several years and I am excited to help position Arkadium as one of leading studios in this area."

Last month the casual games company secured $5 millionin investment funding, and announced it would continue to focus on developing games for Windows 8 platforms.

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