Gamespot Featured Article on PlaySide

Ex-EA Visceral game designer Gerry Sakkas heads new Melbourne-based mobile development studio; new project to start production in January, with follow-up announcement in March.

In September this year, EA shut down the Australian arm of its Visceral Games studio after reports that staff had met with HR representatives to discuss the future of the developer. At the time, EA told GameSpot AU:

“With no active project in development at that location, we’ve decided to close the Visceral Melbourne office. They are talented individuals and may find other roles elsewhere in EA, if they choose. EA continues to maintain its mobile studios in Melbourne, which are both thriving and hiring.”

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Tsumea Article on PlaySide

Gerry Sakkas formerly of EA’s Visceral Games Studio, has taken a bold leap to form mobile games studio PlaySide.

Following the culling of the EA Melbourne studio where he had been a Game Designer, Sakkas was faced with a decision to either relocate to America and continue working for EA or another large player in the games industry, or create a brand new niche Australian studio. Sakkas chose the latter option, contacted some of his former colleagues from Visceral and got to work.

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Gamasutra Article on CEO & Founder of Playside Gerry Sakkas

It’s becoming quite a common occurrence these days to hear of AAA studios closing, and smaller indie developers popping up from the remnants.

The latest is mobile game studio PlaySide, revealed this week and made up of six former staffers from Visceral Melbourne, which EA closed down back in September.

This new studio is being led by Gerry Sakkas, a game designer who had worked at Electronic Arts for over three years. Sakkas told Gamasutra that he was offered a position at one of EA’s U.S. studios, but declined.

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