EA Vet Gets CEO Position At Outspark

By Yaris Gutierrez

September 8, 2009

Outspark is a premier North American publisher for free-to-play MMO games such as Fiesta and others. I won’t lie – I have played my share of their games (Fiesta and Secret of the Solstice, just to name a few) and have found them quite entertaining to say the very least. I won’t say it’s in any way as addicting as  methamphetamine, but it has its perks.

Today Outspark announced the appointment of ex-senior executive of Electronic Arts Inc, Owen Mahoney leaving Outspark’s Founder and current CEO, Susan Chse, serving as Chairman of the Board and working with game developers on partnering with Outspark. Mr. Mahoney is expected to accelerate Outspark’s continued expansion of its global user base from North America where it has the largest free-to-play MMO audience (cheap bastards). Outspark has also established a fast growing community in Europe and other placed where free-to-play games have attracted large audiences for some time (more cheap bastards).  Speaking in numbers, Outspark has a registered user base of more than 4.7 million globally, and since the company launched in 2007, traffic to Outspark has grown to an impressive 5.4 million unique visitors a month. That is, without a doubt, an insane figure.

For those of you interested in Owen Mahoney’s bio, the man himself brings more than 15 years of experience working in the digital media stratum. His last position was Senior Vice President of corporate and business development at Electronic Arts. If that isn’t impressive, the guy held numerous executive positions at online and software companies in both the U.S. and Asia. He holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and attended the University of Tokyo’s graduate law program. The man is well versed in a number of areas, folks.

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Yaris Gutierrez

Born and raised in New York City, Yaris is one of three co-founders at DualShockers. Gaming since the inception of Nintendo in the 80's, he has grown to avidly appreciate games of every genre, maturing his preference specifically now to third-person action games, first-person shooters and JRPGs. He's a software engineer, father and husband during the day, and mildly attempts to hold onto his "hardcore gamer" title during the evenings. An attempt that he tends to fail miserably at.

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