Game development and industry veteran Simon Carless has been promoted to take leadership of Think Services’ Game Group, a division of London-headquartered United Business Media, as Global Brand Director.
In his new role, Carless will be responsible for the strategy and vision for the group’s portfolio of products, which currently include the industry-leading Game Developers Conferences (GDC, GDC Europe, GDC Austin, GDC China, and GDC Canada), as well as renowned game website Gamasutra.com, the Gamasutra Network of websites, and Game Developer magazine.
“I am very happy to take on a broader role in Think Services Game Group,” Carless commented. “We're really proud of the value we bring to game creators through our conferences, websites, magazine, awards programs, and competitions."
He added: "I'm looking forward to leading the Game Group in providing new services and opportunities for game makers to maximize their potential in this rapidly changing industry.”
Carless has been with Think Services for over five years, and has worked in editing and publishing roles across Gamasutra.com, its network of game-related websites, and Game Developer magazine, as well as running the popular Independent Games Festival event.
He formerly worked as a game designer at UK and U.S. studios including Kuju Entertainment and Infogrames/Atari, and as founding editor of tech site Slashdot's video game section.
“I am honored to pass the torch to Simon, as someone who is wholly committed to serving the game development community and leading a team of talented, passionate individuals,” commented Kathy Astromoff, Executive Vice President for Think Services. Herself a game industry veteran, Astromoff has moved on to a broader management role within the multiple communities that make up Think Services, and will continue to collaborate with Carless on a strategic level.
To learn more about the Think Services Game Group, interested parties can visit the official website for the division