house Jagex has a new CTO, promoting five-year employee Nick Thompson to the role. Previously, he was head of Core Technologies.
Thompson is a 20-year industry veteran, beginning as a production manager and working since then in roles like director at Dreamforge Software and engineering manager at MicroProse UK. Jagex says his work has been key to the company's success and that of free-to-play fantasy MMO RuneScape
, which has over 10 million users.
"Jagex continues to remain at the cutting edge of the video game industry and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take on the role of CTO and particularly looking forward to the prospect of evolving our market leading online game platforms and technology," said Thompson.
The company also operates the FunOrb online casual portal, and recently revealed its first steps into third-party publishing
with War of Legends
. It's also entered the iPhone space starting with Bounce Down
"Nick embodies the very essence of Jagex DNA; smart, passionate, honorable and hard working, so it’s only fitting that the CTO role is championed by such a high caliber individual moving forward," said CEO Mark Gerhard.