Turbine hires Ken Rolston as new director of design, makes other staffing additions

Ken Rolston of Morrowind, Oblivion and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning fame is now the director of design at Turbine, the company announced this morning. Rolston's responsibilities will include leading "the vision and the implementation of all aspects of game design for Turbine."

Rolston is joined by three others in the announcement: Alan Villani, formerly of Mortal Kombat dev NetherRealm Studios, is now Turbine's vice president of technology and "will be responsible for [the] digital technology platform that helps drive online engagement and monetization."

Zynga alumni Jai Singh joins as the executive director of technical operations, in charge of Turbine's technical infrastructure and network operations, while ex-Petroglyph Games member Demetrius Comes fills the role of executive director of engineering, where he will oversee "all engineering functions for the studio's project development team."
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TURBINE EXPANDS LEADERSHIP TEAM

Online Entertainment Leader Appoints Key Hires in Design, Technology and Operations


NEEDHAM, MA – October 19, 2012– Turbine announced today several key additions to its leadership team as part of its continued effort to design and deploy the next generation of online gaming.

"We are very excited to add such a stellar group of proven industry veterans to our world-class team here in Boston," said Alessandro Galvagni, General Manager, Turbine. "Ken, Alan, Jai and Demetrius are proven leaders that strengthen our team and position us well as we work to continue operations of our award-winning titles and bring new innovative experiences to market."

The new members of the Turbine team include:

Ken Rolston, Director of Design – Ken brings an exceptional track record to Turbine as one of the most accomplished fantasy RPG computer and video game designers of all time, with over a decade of lead designer experience on the award-winning Elder Scrolls franchise and, most recently, he released Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning to critical acclaim. Ken will lead the vision and the implementation of all aspects of game design for Turbine.

Alan Villani, Vice President, Technology – Alan joins Turbine from NetherRealm Studios, where he was responsible for driving the technology platform that supported Mortal Kombat™. Alan will be responsible for our digital technology platform that helps drive online engagement and monetization.

Jai Singh, Executive Director of Technical Operations – Jai joins Turbine from Zynga, where he managed the technology infrastructure for some of the largest social games in the world. Jai will be responsible for managing all online operations hosting & computing infrastructure, technical support and network operations.

Demetrius Comes, Executive Director of Engineering – Demetrius joins Turbine from Petroglyph Games and brings almost 20 years of technology experience spanning the video games, telecom, and computer security industries to his new role. Demetrius will oversee all engineering functions for the studios product development team including Game Platform, Release Engineering and Technical Production.

About Turbine
Turbine, Inc. is a premier creator and operator of online games that foster powerful social gaming communities. Turbine is wholly owned by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and has created some of the world's most popular and award-winning online games, including The Lord of the Rings Online™, Dungeons & Dragons Online®: Eberron Unlimited™, and Asheron's Call®. For more information on Turbine, its products and services please visit www.turbine.com.

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.