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Kabam taps EA Mobile SVP Nick Earl as president of its studios

Nick Earl, who oversaw the mega-company's mobile hits in the Simpsons: Tapped Out era, flees for the mid-core dev studio during a year where it's making a lot of news.
Newsbrief: San Francisco mobile studio Kabam has picked up a new exec: Nick Earl, former SVP of mobile at EA, has moved over to the company as president of its studios organization. Earl is a 20-year industry veteran who oversaw EA's mobile business during the Simpsons: Tapped Out era. In a statement, Kabam CEO Kevin Chou said the company tapped Earl for his experience with triple-A games, as opposed to mobile, to help push the company forward. Prior to his stint at EA Mobile, Earl was SVP of EA's games label, where he oversaw core properties such as Dead Space. Earl will replace Andrew Sheppard, who spent five years in the role before switching to Kabam rival Gree in August. 2014 has been a good year for Kabam: It announced doubled revenues shortly before picking up a massive $120 million investment from recently IPO'ed Chinese internet firm Alibaba. The deal will help it enter the challenging but lucrative Chinese mobile market as it preps games based on popular movies.

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