Jamil Moledina, one-time executive director of GDC and the man behind EA Partners' digital business (Shank, DeathSpank, etc), has left EA to join Funzio. Those of you who follow executive departures have probably guessed already, but Funzio is a developer of social games. Specifically, according to the press release, it does "action-packed AAA quality social games for mobile, Facebook, and Google+." The only title listed on Funzio's website is Crime City, a Facebook and iPhone title about building a city (of crime, presumably). Moledina will take up the role of vice president of business development.

Personally, we'll keep pretending that Moledina left EA to hang out with Funzio Auditore da Firenze, Ezio's cousin. He's not that great at killing people, but he will assassinate your funny bone ... with gags.


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Game Industry Leader Jamil Moledina Joins Rapidly Expanding Funzio

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 07, 2011) -

Funzio, developer of action-packed AAA quality social games for mobile, Facebook, and Google+, today announced that Jamil Moledina joined as Vice President of Business Development where he will manage the company's business with platforms and partners, while serving on the executive team.

Moledina joins Funzio from EA Partners, the third party studio of Electronic Arts (EA), where he was the Director of Business Development. In this role, he sought out innovative developers, advocated them through the greenlight process and managed the business of the games he signed. While there, he created EA Partners' third party digital publishing business, signing the best creative indie game developers to crossplatform digital distribution deals. Prior to EA, he was the Executive Director of the Game Developers Conference (GDC), the largest professionals-only event in the game industry, where he managed the overall business of the event and curated the editorial content of the conference and keynotes.

"From what I've seen, the future of games is about creating fun social action games for play on any device, any platform, anywhere," said Jamil Moledina, Vice President of Business Development at Funzio. "Funzio is one of very few companies whose vision and execution are delivering on that goal, and I'm excited to join a team inventing that future."

"We are thrilled to have Jamil join the Funzio family," said Ken Chiu, CEO of Funzio. "He brings a broad range of strategic skills from the game industry, both in terms of sourcing and analyzing innovation, as well as creating successful businesses from emerging market opportunities."

Funzio has more than doubled its staff to 65 employees in the last six months and is continuing to hire.

Funzio, recently named the most innovative gaming startup in The Wall Street Journal, is going to be showcased at Dow Jones VentureWire's FASTech Conference this week: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/funzio-named-the-most-innovative-gaming-startup-in-the-wall-street-journal-1580469.htm.

About Funzio
Funzio creates free-to-play high quality, innovative and polished games for mobile, Facebook and Google+ that are action-packed and foster competition. Funzio secured $20 million in Series A growth financing led by IDG Ventures in the US and IDG Capital Partners in China so that it can accelerate its expansion and development. Funzio is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit: http://www.funzio.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.