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Ex-EA vet takes CEO role at Outspark

Owen Mahoney joins US free-to-play MMO publisher

Electronic Arts' former senior VP of corporate and business development Owen Mahoney has joined US MMO publisher Outspark as CEO.

Outspark claims to be the biggest US publisher of free-to-play games, with a global audience of 4.7 million registered users and 5.4 million unique visitors to its web portal.

"Since founding Outspark in early 2007, the Freemium MMOG market has evolved dramatically," offered Susan Choe, who steps aside from the CEO role to take up a position on the board.

"Outspark’s team has built a leading game publishing company, executing solid growth while bringing together a unique MMOG publishing platform with social community elements. With Owen’s leadership and business experience in the global gaming industry, Outspark will evolve as a leading global game industry player."

Mahoney spent nine years with Electronic Arts, where he spearheaded corporate development, equity investments and strategic partnerships.

"Having the opportunity build on Susan’s success is a great privilege and I'm honoured by the board's endorsement," offered Mahoney.

"Outspark appeals to a vast global user base and to everyone who wants to establish a connection with gamers around the world in real time. Outspark’s game publishing platform and portal also offer fantastic opportunities to both content developers and game publishers, and I look forward to providing value for Outspark, our loyal user base, investors and our great staff."

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Matt Martin: Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.
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