THE STARTING LINEUP
Founded in 2018 by industry veterans Jon Middleton and Pete Wanat, Nifty Games is hard at work building the next generation of head to head quick session mobile games.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief CREATIVE Officer
Mr. Wanat is a 20+ year industry veteran and creative leader, integrating sports & entertainment IP’s into games throughout the evolution of console, PC and mobile F2P games. As former VP of Production for Universal Games division he delivered the 5th most downloaded game of all time Despicable Me: Minion Rush, and top ten grossing games surrounding major brands such as Jurassic Park.
GENERAL MANAGER - NBA
Mr. Winterholler comes to Nifty Games as an industry veteran with over 16 years in the mobile games space. His production experience has led him to create an array of award-winning mobile games such as NBA Jam and Frozen Free Fall, grossing revenues in the hundreds of millions.
Mr. Schmitt brings a 26+ year proven track record of creating hit franchises to Nifty Games. Throughout his career he has held key roles at Electronic Arts, Activision, THQ, Disney and most recently Scopely, where he launched and then managed a top 100 free-to-play mobile game for more than 3 years.
HEAD OF MARKETING
Ms. Lin has held senior marketing and brand management positions at major entertainment and gaming companies such as Electronic Arts, Disney, and Jam City. Throughout her career she has launched console and mobile games for world-class brands including The Simpsons, Family Guy, Marvel, Disney / Pixar, and the UFC.
HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY
Mr. Rageh started in QA in 2003 with Electronic Arts and has worked his way up to Engineering Leadership via stints at Page 44, Zynga, and WB Games over his 16+ years in the industry. He brings a pragmatic, collaborative, and iterative approach to leading internal and external development teams in creating fun, intuitive games with a player-first focus.
HEAD OF BI AND ANALYTICS
With more than a decade of analytic experience in tech, Mr. Kim has built analytic systems from the ground up ranging from data ingestion to predictive models. While at Blast, he helped to create machine learning systems to help optimize user behavior and create personalized experiences.
DIRECTOR OF STUDIO OPS
Mr. Lee is a 18+ year industry veteran with expertise in building world class internal teams and scaling external partners, and former head of QA for Warner Brothers, Age of Learning, and RockYou. A strong advocate for quality and efficiency, Mr. Lee has helped launch title such as The Sims 2, SimCity 4, and Harry Potter Wizards Unite.
With more than a decade of production experience in the games industry, Mr. Price has amassed over 1 billion downloads across titles on mobile, console and PC. From Minion Rush to Jurassic World, David has helped to refine the gaming identity for major entertainment brands.
Ms. Marquez brings over a decade of experience driving strong community, social media, and player relations, including lead roles at WB Games on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and DC Legends. As the player advocate, she brings a superior level of commitment to growing retention and player satisfaction across every Nifty Games product.
SR PRODUCT MANAGER
Mr. Kim most recently was at Scopely where he worked on free-to-play games across the match 3 and RPG space. Prior to that, he helped build and launch in 2016 the popular MLB 9 Innings franchise. He brings a creative but data-driven approach to product that focuses on highly collaborative product development and user-first design.
Mr. Acquaviva joins Nifty with over 25 years experience leading and growing global media and entertainment, technology and telecommunication infrastructure companies. As a financial and operations executive, he led three successful growth companies to exits producing over $5B in aggregate net proceeds for shareholders.
Tiburcio De La Carcova
Mr. De La Carcova is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years in the video game industry. Tiburcio has built and run companies that generated multi-million dollar revenues. He has co-founded Wanako Games, Atakama Labs, and in 2014, he started his third studio, Giant Monkey Robot.