More heavyweight hires for Unity

More heavyweight hires for Unity
Michael French

By Michael French

January 6th 2010 at 3:55PM

Former GarageGames and IO Interactive vets join fast-growing middleware firm

Unity Technologies continues to impressively grow its business - the game engine firm has announced two key hires.

The firm, which makes the Unity platform for Web, PC, Mac, Wii and iPhone, has appointed former GarageGames man Brett Seyler as VP of strategy and IO Interactive's Steffen Toksvig as development director.

The news follows the confirmation late last year that the firm had opened a new office in the UK, headed by former Criterion man Graham Dunnett.

“I’m incredibly happy to have Brett and Steffen on board," said David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies.

"This 'pair of aces' is going to really strengthen our hand as we grow Unity Technologies into the no.1 platform for interactive content developers.”

Seyler spent 2008 and 2009 as GM of Torque at InstantAction (nee GarageGames) where he oversaw all aspects of the business including operations, finance, product development, marketing and business development. Under his tenure, the business grew by more than 50 percent year-over-year, and the product itself advanced dramatically over previous versions.

“Unity Technologies has shown impressive foresight by investing early in technology for both browser and mobile games, which are now the most exciting segments in the industry," unsaid Brett Seyler, VP of Strategy at Unity Technologies.

"The team here not only has great ideas, but a proven capacity to execute, so I think it's fair to expect big things in the future."

Toksvig will be based at Unity HQ in Denmark. Prior to joining he spent six years at IO Interactive as CTO, tools developer and lead programmer where he contributed to the success of the Hitman series, Kane & Lynch and Freedom Fighters.

He added: “Unity Technologies is probably the most exciting place in the industry to be. What the team has achieved so far is fantastic and it does not stop here.”

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