MIAMI -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Shiver Entertainment announced two veteran additions to their founding team today. John Osvald will join as Co-Founder and Vice President of Production and Jason Andersen will join as Co-Founder and Vice President of Technology. The news comes on the heels of Nexon Co. Ltd's multi-year, multi-game strategic partnership and equity investment in the Miami based start-up last week.
"The future of gaming is free-to-play and I'm excited to help create a company that is going to attack things the right way - from culture to strategy to execution," said Osvald. Osvald was instrumental in the rise of Zynga - helping establish the data-driven product design methodology that was key to their early success. During his tenure, Osvald worked on a variety of titles including Farmville, Café World, FrontierVille, and CastleVille. He was regarded as one of the company’s brightest stars and held a variety of leadership positions, including Senior Vice President, Games where he oversaw much of Zynga’s Ville business.
"Since founding Tiburon almost 20 years ago, I've seen many transitions in the gaming industry - from cartridges to discs, from 2-D to 3-D, and from offline to online. But the transition to free-to-play is the biggest yet. I can't wait to tackle the technical challenges this new playing field provides," said Andersen. After Tiburon, Andersen founded developer Budcat Creations, which was later acquired by Activision. Jason has worked on some of the industry's largest franchises including Madden NFL, Guitar Hero, and, everyone's favorite, Clay Fighter for the Super NES.
"Shiver is focused on creating the world's best free-to-play games, and to do that we need the world's best talent. John and Jason are a great start towards assembling the best team in the industry and I look forward to many more talented folks joining the shiver," said John Schappert, CEO and Founder.
About Shiver Entertainment
Shiver Entertainment, Inc. is a PC and mobile/tablet developer focused on creating the world's best free-to-play games. The company is headquartered in sunny, shark friendly, Miami, Florida. Go to joinshiver.com for more information and to apply – we’re hiring all disciplines.