Nick Earl is somewhat infamous among mobile gamers thanks to a period of controversy during his tenure as senior vice president of EA Mobile. Despite stirring the ire of a multitude of gamers after two separate contentious incidents regarding the monetization models for Real Racing 3 and Dungeon Keeper, Earl helped guide the division through a continuous string of critical and commercial successes.
Popular titles released under Earl’s watch include The Simpsons: Tapped Out, Real Racing 3, Dragon Age Heroes, Dead Space, Need for Speed Most Wanted and Mass Effect Infiltrator. With that level of expertise, it comes as no surprise that Kabam sought Earl to lead their company as their new president of worldwide sales.
Kabam has recently undergone a rapid period of growth and increased relevance as a mobile developer. Sound leadership is crucial to navigating Kabam toward future triumph, and Earl seems the apt person to fulfill Kabam’s leadership needs.
Mass Effect Infiltrator
Earl has served with EA for the past thirteen years and has additional experience with former greats such as 3DO and Eidos. In short, Earl’s veteran status makes him a valuable addition to Kabam’s upper management.
It is of note that Earl is not the only former EA executive to make their way to Kabam. Former EA executives Jordan Edelstein and Aaron Loeb signed on with Kabam as vice president of marketing and senior vice president of North American studios, respectively.
Kabam was founded in 2006 and came to the attention of the public with the release of Kingdoms of Camelot for Facebook. Kabam became a presence in mobile gaming in 2012 with the release of Fast and Furious. Kabam is currently renowned for their Tolkien licensed games, The Hobbit: Kingdoms and the recently released Lord of the Rings: Legends of Middle Earth. A round of funding from Alibaba, one of China’s largest search engines, granted Kabam $120 million and a market valuation of $1 billion. It seems that for Nick Earl and Kabam, a bright future is on the horizon.
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