Today, Ubisoft announced the appointment of Guillaume Verlinden as the new Managing Director of Kolibri Games, effective June 1. Guillaume replaces former Co-CEOs and Co-founders Daniel Stammler and Janosch Sadowski
Guillaume Verlinden appointed as Kolibri Games’ CEO
Berlin, Germany — May 17th, 2021 — Today, Ubisoft announced the appointment of Guillaume Verlinden as the new Managing Director of Kolibri Games, effective June 1. Guillaume replaces former Co-CEOs and Co-founders Daniel Stammler and Janosch Sadowski and CTO Oliver Löffler who recently left to pursue new ventures.
Reporting directly to Ubisoft Mobile’s Executive Director Jean-Michel Detoc, Guillaume will implement his leadership skills and expertise in Product Management to drive growth and excellence within Kolibri Games. Established in 2016, Kolibri Games is the studio behind the mobile smash hit Idle Miner Tycoon, which has been downloaded over 150 million times to date. The studio joined Ubisoft in February 2020.
Guillaume has previously held key positions in Leadership teams at mobile games publishers Social Point and Tilting Point, and as such brings with him a solid experience in mobile-free-to-play. Throughout his career in the mobile space, Guillaume has run successful live games, built successful IPs and managed divisions of 50+ talents.
Guillaume Verlinden said: “I feel honored to have been chosen to lead this amazing company, well-known in the industry for its results-oriented work culture. I have always thrived in fast-paced environments and aim, together with the teams, to open a new chapter in the success story of Kolibri Games.“
Daniel Stammler, former CEO and co-founder of Kolibri Games’ added, “Guillaume is a perfect fit to push Kolibri Games to the next level. We are pleased to see him take the reins at the studio and excited to see what Kolibri Games and Ubisoft will achieve together in the future.”
Jean-Michel Detoc, Ubisoft Mobile’s Executive Director, concluded, “I amdelighted to have Guillaume on board as a partner to accompany Kolibri Games in their ambition for the future. With Guillaume’s drive and vision, I am confident that the Kolibri Games teams will keep strengthening Idle Miner Tycoon, as well as developing and publishing new hit titles in the coming years.”
About Kolibri Games
Founded in a student flat in 2016 as Fluffy Fairy Games by a group of IT and Business students, Kolibri Games is a young games company based in Berlin, Germany. The team developed their first title Idle Miner Tycoon in just eight weeks, following their signature lean approach. Continuously refining their games based on player feedback, they are steadily pursuing their goal to become the most player-centric games company in the world. In February 2020, Kolibri Games was acquired by French gaming giant Ubisoft. Idle Miner Tycoon and Idle Factory Tycoon have cumulatively reached over 160 Million downloads, enabling the company to grow to more than 120 dedicated engineers, artists and game designers. Kolibri Games’ exceptional growth story has been recognized several times: LinkedIn added the company to the 2018 and 2019 list of Top 25 startups in Germany; Red Herring placed Kolibri Games among the 2018 Top 100 Global and Deloitte awarded the company with a first place in the "Rising Stars" category of 2018’s Deloitte Technology Fast 50. More information: www.kolibrigames.com
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