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Bethesda Promotes Pete Hines to Head of Global Publishing

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Bethesda Studios has officially announced that they have promoted former senior VP of global marketing and communications Pete Hines to head of global publishing at the studio, according to Gamesindustry.biz.

Hines joined Bethesda Softworks in 1999.

Furthermore, Erin Losi, vice president of global marketing and communications is now tasked with leading all of Bethesda’s global marketing and communication efforts.

“It’s a privilege to lead global publishing for Bethesda, a place that’s been my home for 23 years,” Hines said in an official statement. “It’s humbling to think about how far we’ve come in that time, and I’m excited to work in this new role to help our world class teams make great games.”

“When I started at Bethesda, there were just a few of us, working on campaigns for Skyrim, Fallout 3, and more,” Losi said. “Since then, we’ve grown into a world-class marketing and communications team, and it’s been my great joy to be a part of that growth alongside Pete.”

“It’s an honour to join Bethesda’s senior leadership and now lead an award-winning global team of creatives into the future, and to empower them to continue their great work on our upcoming lineup.”

“Pete has been key to the success of Bethesda over the last two decades” Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming added. “His industry leadership and strong relationship with the community has extended Bethesda to millions of players. Erin has been instrumental in shaping the Bethesda brand and the teams behind it and I am incredibly excited to see them both bring Bethesda’s games to even more players around the world.”

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Activision Blizzard Representation Data Report for 2022

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Activision Blizzard has release it’s 2022 representation data report, which includes data on full-time employees who identify as non-binary.

Per the report, women and non-binary individuals make up 26% of its staff. In 2021, women represented 24% of Activision Blizzard (via GamesIndustry.biz).

In 2022, under-represented ethnic groups represented 38% of the publisher, and in 2021 that number was 36%. Additionally, employee ethnicity data represents staff who identify as multi-racial or non-white within the United States only.

While the company said that their goal is to increase roles for women and non-binary staff by 50%, Activision Blizzard hasn’t announced a target for increasing the number of under-represented ethnic groups.

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Sega of America Launches New Office in California

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Sega of America has officially announced that they have opened a brand new office in Irvine, California which will house Sega and its subsidiary Atlus’ internal publishing departments within a single space.

The focus of the new office will be facilitating media streaming opportunities for the North American team.

“The opening of the new Sega of America headquarters in Irvine represents a new era for one of the gaming world’s most esteemed brands,” said Sega global CEO, Shuji Utsumi in an official statement. “This new space helps to foster a genial and team-oriented culture to reinforce that purpose and create new stories and worlds that will entertain gamers for generations.”

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Keywords Studios Opens Office in Romania

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Keywords Studios has officially announced that they have opened a brand new location in Bucharest, Romania, which comes a year after their acquisition of art studio AMC.

“We want to contribute to the development of the industry in Romania, offering people the opportunity to lend a hand in the development of some of the most popular games in the world,” said head of studio Vlad Alexandru in an official statement.

“This studio will also further contribute to the growth of Keywords’ global talent pool which stands at 12,000+ and is increasing by the day.”

 

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