Outplay: New board members and new releases

Outplay: New board members and new releases
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

December 15th 2011 at 3:54PM

Scottish developer welcomes former AOL and EA staff as board members, and launches duo of new games

Dundee studio Outplay Entertainment has welcomed two tech-industry veterans to its board, at the same time releasing a pair of games that are it's first titles.

The former president of AOL Europe, Karen Thomson, has joined the Outplay board as non-executive chair, while Randy Breen, previously an Electronic Arts and LucasArts Executive, has assumed a place on the oard as Non-Executive Director.

The two new games are Facebook titles; Word Trick and Booty Quest.

Outplay Entertainment was founded in 2011 by brothers Douglas and Richard Hare, who previously estabslished The Collective, which in its time made a number of triple-A titles including Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen.

"I chose to join the Outplay board because I believe Douglas and Richard have the vision, passion, drive and experience to create huge business opportunities as well as fantastic entertainment properties," explained Thomson. "I am delighted to be involved with such a forward thinking company and look forward to working with Outplay to create rich gaming experiences that bridge the gap between mobile and online platforms."

"Social and mobile gaming have only begun to show their full potential, and I believe Outplay are well positioned to become a major player in the industry," added Breen. "I've known Douglas and Richard for more than a decade and having seen what they and the rest of the Outplay team have accomplished since April and what they have planned for the future, I'm very excited to be part of the board."

"Karen and Randy bring a wealth of complementary experience and expertise to Outplay Entertainment," concluded Douglas Hare, CEO & co-founder of Outplay. "Karen's marketing background and track record with large-scale consumer-facing internet and mobile businesses combined with Randy's remarkable creative, production and business expertise will be invaluable to Outplay's ambitious growth plans for 2012 and beyond. We are thrilled to have them onboard."