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John Needham Appointed as Lionhead Studio Head

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Posted on April 23, 2013 AT 04:26am

Microsoft has appointed ex-Cryptic Studios and Gazillion Entertainment CEO John Needham as the new head of Lionhead Studios.

Needham takes on the role that Peter Molyneux departed from back in March 2012 and will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the studio. Microsoft said that his ”deep understanding of all aspects of the gaming industry, from subscription-based, massively multi-player to client-based console and free-to-play online, PC and mobile experiences, will be a huge benefit to Lionhead and European Studio operations more widely.”

“This is a historic time in our industry and I’m excited, and honored, to be joining Lionhead and Microsoft Studios. Our vision is focused on building innovative gaming services and AAA experiences at Lionhead, and the rest of Microsoft Studios, which take advantage of Microsoft’s incredible hardware and software platforms,” said Needham.

Phil Harrison, corporate VP of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, added. ”It’s my pleasure to welcome John Needham to Microsoft Studios and Lionhead. He brings a wealth of proven executive leadership experience in the online gaming space to the company and I know he will confidently lead Lionhead towards an ambitious online future.”

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