If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Dave Pottinger appointment

Halo Wars lead designer joins Bonfire Studios.

DALLAS, Texas – December 16, 2009 – Bonfire Studios, an independent studio made up entirely of former Ensemble Studios employees, today announced the addition of Dave Pottinger, who will serve as the company’s director of technology. Pottinger joins the Bonfire team as it continues to grow its capacity for 2010, with multiple unannounced projects in the works. Bonfire is built on over a decade of experience gained making award-winning real-time strategy games that have defined the genre.

“As director of technology and lead designer on Halo Wars, Dave really delivered on AAA quality and that’s been the goal of Bonfire from day one,” said David Rippy, president and CEO of Bonfire Studios. “We know he’ll be a perfect fit with our company culture and be a great asset as we position the company for growth in 2010 and beyond.”

“Bonfire is a team full of old friends that I am looking forward to working with again,” said Dave Pottinger. “I think we’re going to blow people away once they see what we’re doing.”

A 16 year veteran of the games industry, Dave Pottinger started his career by financing a game company via credit cards during his college days at the University of Arizona. In 1996, after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering, Cum Laude, Dave joined a start-up game company named Ensemble Studios. He was quickly promoted to engine lead and director of technology at Ensemble where he was the key architect on all of their games from Age of Empires, to the recently released Xbox 360 game Halo Wars. Dave was responsible for the growth and management of the programming department at Ensemble and shortly after he joined the Halo Wars team, took over the lead designer duties in addition to his programming responsibilities.

About Bonfire Studios

Bonfire Studios is an independent development studio based in Dallas, Texas. Founded in 2008 by former management team members from Ensemble Studios, Bonfire’s employees have produced some of the industry’s best-selling and most critically acclaimed titles for the PC and Xbox 360™, including the Age of Empires series, Age of Mythology and Halo Wars. The company has a growing reputation for being a strong partner for publishers seeking high-quality production and original titles. For more information, please visit: www.bonfire-studios.com

# # #


Sean Kauppinen

International Digital Entertainment Agency

+1 (415) 299-2156



GamesIndustry International avatar

GamesIndustry International


GamesIndustry International is the world's leading games industry website, incorporating GamesIndustry.biz and IndustryGamers.com.

More News

Latest Articles