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.

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JON MIDDLETON

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Middleton is a career entrepreneur, and former founder of Eight Cylinders, a game developer acquired by On2.com and subsequently Google. Also, a co-founder of Massive, acquired by Microsoft and of Boom Music, acquired by LiveGamer. Mr. Middleton has held executive roles in comics (Madefire), game publishing (Pulse Entertainment) and game hardware (Mad Catz) over a career spanning 20+ years.
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Pete Wanat

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. 

Dan Wasson

Head of Production

Mr. Wasson joins Nifty Games after 20+ years in leadership roles at Electronic Arts, LucasArts, Kabam, and Wargaming. He has shipped dozens of AAA and free-to-play games in his career, with expertise managing publishing and development teams around the globe.

TOM SHOENHAIR

VP of PRODUCT

With over 25 years leading game development teams and companies, Mr. Shoenhair has held senior roles with Zynga and WB Games, and was a founding member of Page 44. Mr. Shoenhair has a proven track record of delivering profitable franchises in highly competitive markets.

RYAN WINTERHOLLER

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.

WILLIAM SCHMITT

GENERAL MANAGER

William 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.

ARTHUR KLEIN

ART DIRECTOR

Mr. Klein is a games art veteran who has led internal and external art teams to produce high quality game visuals for multiple genres and platforms. Arthur is proud to have worked on compelling games at global studios including Facebook VR, Electronic Arts, and Page 44.

Ibs Rageh

Technical Director

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.

DANIEL KIM

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.  

JOHNSON LEE

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. 

HENRY KIM

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.

DAVID PRICE

SENIOR PRODUCER

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.

JENNY LIN

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.

Tiburcio De La Carcova

INTERIM CTO

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.

NOAH WRIGHT

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Mr. Wright joined Nifty Games in 2019 and quickly became an invaluable member of the team. He supports all manner of publishing, development, and production needs, with a strong background in engineering and technical documentation. 

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