Independent Video Game Developer TURBO Names Board of Advisors
Brooklyn-based startup studio recruits eclectic counsel to round out expertise
Brooklyn, NY – September 4, 2014 – Freshly forged video game studio TURBO today laid out the five-person board of advisors that will advance the company’s founding mission to develop AAA-quality, mobile-focused cross-screen experiences while fostering a new spirit of entrepreneurism in New York City’s budding game scene. Charged with keeping the company transparent and responsive to its core gaming audience and peers, this new board of advisors will act as partner and guide as TURBO transitions toward the launch of its first title.
“No matter what state of change or upheaval the game industry is in, the most successful games will always be the ones that respect their audiences, creating fun and engaging experiences above all else,” explained board member David Helgason, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Unity Technologies. “That’s exactly what TURBO is all about. With their commitment to the core player and ambitions to raise the bar for mobile gaming, they’re trailblazing their own path to create something truly unique and entertaining.”
Joining Mr. Helgason is Ryan Duffy, whose work as a former traveling correspondent for HBO’s Vice brought Dennis Rodman to North Korea, among other exploits. Additional board members will include Alex Iosilevich, a longstanding media investment banker, and Jayson Chi, Leader of the Gaming Practice for global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
The board’s final chair will be taken up by CCP Vice President of Business Development Thor Gunnarsson. "It's so rare to meet a team that fuses veteran pedigree with genuine spirit, skill and an innate affinity for the passions of core gamers," noted Mr. Gunnarsson. "After spending time with the team in Brooklyn, I'm thrilled to aid TURBO in making a lasting mark on the indie landscape."
The studio’s internal roster of talent and leadership represents a diverse yet uniformly distinguished group of the gaming industry’s best and brightest, drawn from worldwide powerhouses like Nintendo, Sony, CCP, Riot Games, Rockstar Games, Square Enix, LucasArts, and Zynga. The team has already secured capital investment from SoftBank Ventures Korea and global mobile publishing support from Nexon for its still unannounced debut title, a free-to-play online multiplayer mobile game with cross-screen functionality.
For more information about culture and development at TURBO, visit www.turbostudios.com. To stay up-to-date with the latest from TURBO, follow along on Facebook (www.facebook.com/turbostudios) and Twitter (@turbostudios).
TURBO. Brooklyn born. Founded in 2013, TURBO is an independent game development studio formed by a dream team of industry veterans who believe in building a business around killer games. When we’re not making games, we’re playing games and therein lies the difference.
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