Who remembers Tim LeTourneau? He worked at EA “back in the day” on The Sims franchise and eventually MySims. After several years at Zynga as their Chief Creative Officer, he has headed over to ‘Storm8′.
Two of the people most responsible for Zynga’s mobile and social games over the last two years have moved on to the developer that hopes to turn into the next big thing.
Dragon Story developer Storm8 revealed today that it has hired Tim LeTourneau and Steve Parkis to take over as the company’s new chief creative officer and president of games, respectively. Both men come from similar positions at Zynga, where they oversaw the development and production of the FarmVille and Zynga Poker franchises. Storm8 already has more than 400 million active players, and it brought in LeTourneau and Parkis to help them increase that audience even further in the $21 billion mobile-gaming industry.
Both new executives have extensive history in games. Prior to Zynga, LeTourneau worked at Electronic Arts for almost two decades. Parkis spent his early career establishing game franchises for Disney.
“Since our founding nearly six years ago, our goal has been to build the largest mobile-games network by delivering the highest-quality mobile gaming experiences to players around the world,” Storm8 chief executive Perry Tam said. “The expansion of our executive team underscores our commitment to this mission and further accelerating Storm8’s trajectory. Tim’s and Steve’s combined creative and operational leadership bring us the tandem skill set required to take Storm8 to our next stage of growth.”
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SimGuruShannon has shared a picture on Twitter showcasing Ghosts (which are now available in The Sims 4). As you may have heard, pools are arriving free of charge in November and the image she has shared gives us a sneaky peek at them!
Look in the background, what do you see?
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Origin are currently selling The Sims 4 Standard and Digital Deluxe editions at 30% off, so if you’re still waiting to get the game then now may be the time.
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Ilan Eshkeri and the EA team go behind the scenes at Abbey Road Studios to discuss the creation of his score for The Sims 4.
As a Mac user, I have had to use Bootcamp or a Windows computer to play The Sims 4 so far. While The Sims 3 launched with a Mac version, it was a not a native port and as a result was quite slow in terms of performance compared to the Windows version (even when playing on the same computer!).
EA have announced today that they are “working on” the Mac version for The Sims 4! Rejoice!
We know our players on Mac are looking to hear more. We are working on it. When we have more to share, we’ll bring the news to you right here.
This is very exciting as we now know that a Mac version is still in the works. For all the latest Sims 4 news, keep your eyes peeled on BeyondSims