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'Sensible Soccer' Developer Teams up With Jagex Games Studio

by Rainier on July 8, 2009 @ 7:40 a.m. PDT

Jagex Games Studio announced that Jon Hare, long time industry veteran known for Sensible Soccer, has joined the company as Head of Publishing. Hare has been appointed to oversee publishing at Jagex, with a particular focus on further developing its integrated gaming website targeted at time-pressed gamers.

“Jagex is a traditional and very British games development company as well as being one of Europe’s most successful publishers,” said Jon Hare. “I am really excited to be joining the team and I feel very at home here. I am looking forward to working alongside the management team to help nurture the mentality of innovation and expansion that already exists here and to grow FunOrb into the world’s leading online games destination.”

”Jon is one of the most highly rated game designers in Europe and has had a hugely successful career developing classic titles such as Sensible Soccer, Mega-Lo-Mania and Cannon Fodder,” said Mark Gerhard, Jagex CEO. “Jon will be playing a very hands-on role, actively engaged in developing and optimising all of our games. Jagex has always focused on creating games that we want to play, FunOrb is no different. We have specifically created FunOrb for the time-pressured gamer, people who want a high quality deep gaming experience but only have 30 minutes a day or perhaps even a week to relax and enjoy playing. The site isn’t for kids or for mums; it is designed for adult gamers who ask themselves ‘why don’t they make great games like they used to?’.”

Over the last 24 years Hare has developed more than 30 games on over 20 formats from Sinclair Spectrum to the Nintendo Wii, and he was named as one of the top 10 Britons who changed the video game industry by The Times newspaper earlier this year.

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