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Moon Tavern Games’ Co-founder Marta Velasco is Former User Experience Director and Product Design Leader Behind Award-Winning Games Words with Friends and Top Eleven: Be a Football Manager
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San Francisco, CA. - June 29, 2022 - Continuing their quest to be the best place for the world’s greatest game creators, Wildlife Studios, one of the industry’s largest mobile gaming companies, has established its fifth independent studio, Moon Tavern Games. Wildlife’s first independent studio, Never Forget Games launched in 2021, followed by the founding of three additional studios, SuperWow! Games, Foxbear Games and Playabit. 

Moon Tavern Games will be led by respected industry veterans Justin Jones and Marta Velasco. Jones was the creative leader of EA's biggest mobile game: Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes which generated more than $1.3B in current revenues. Co-founder Velasco, an accomplished Product Design Leader and a former UX/UI Director of Scopely, was a part of the award-winning teams behind the Words with Friends franchise and Top Eleven: Be a Football Manager.


Jones is laser-focused on innovating in the gaming space, taking deep inspiration from the past while thinking about the future. "We're bringing the nostalgia, meaning and craft of classic RPGs and adventure games to the modern magic of mobile technology,” said Jones. “We're thinking about the genre differently because mobile gives us a unique opportunity to immerse players who love exploring new worlds and connect with each other in a way that the platform has barely scratched the surface of. We want to spark a renaissance on the platform, appealing to classic gamers who are underserved by the trending options in the market now.”

Added Velasco, "We want our games to touch hearts and minds and bring fellow adventurers together any time they have a few minutes to play. We're not looking to port old games into new devices, we want to reshape the meaning from old experiences into the new patterns of play. And at Wildlife, we have the freedom and autonomy to create our own game worlds.”

For each of its five studios, Wildlife has been able to attract top talent with its unique value proposition. Studio leaders have full creative freedom, while Wildlife provides them with access to its publishing platform, game modules, technology services, dedicated staff and administrative support in order to allow creators to focus on what matters most: making great games. 

“Justin and Marta’s vision of incorporating new patterns of play for the RPG genre was compelling to us at Wildlife,” said Victor Lazarte, CEO of Wildlife Studios. “We’re proud of continuing to expand our network of the greatest minds in the gaming industry, and further advancing towards our goal of becoming the best place for the world's greatest game creators, where they can realize the full potential of their creativity.” 

Moon Tavern will be located in Austin, Texas. More information can be found at  



About Wildlife

Wildlife is one of the world’s largest mobile gaming companies. In over ten years, it has launched more than 60 games, including hits such as Colorfy, Sniper 3D, Tennis Clash, War Machines and Zooba. Founded by brothers Victor and Arthur Lazarte, the company’s games have been downloaded more than 2.2 billion times across the planet. 


Wildlife has over 1100 employees in five countries around the world, and many positions available – especially in game design, engineering and growth.


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