Online combat strategy game developer Kixeye announced yesterday that it is expanding to Canada, and will be opening a new game development studio based in Victoria. This marks the third office for Kixeye, and second international studio opened this year, previously announcing its expansion to Brisbane, Australia. Kixeye Canada is actively staffing up to begin work on new special projects.
“Our search for top talent is not limited by international boundaries,” said Will Harbin, CEO at Kixeye. “Victoria is a hotbed of technical talent and Clayton and his team have aggressive goals to expand Kixeye Canada.”
Newly appointed General Manager, Clayton Stark, will lead the efforts to assemble a studio of top technical and creative talent in his hometown of Victoria. With over 20 years of experience in building powerhouse teams and delivering disruptive technology across numerous industries, Stark previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Mercurial Communications, which helped to develop and restart the 8.0 browser for Netscape, and was the Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering at Flock, which created “the social browser.” Flock was later acquired by Zynga in 2010, and Stark stayed on to serve as their Director of Development.
“Victoria is exploding with engineering talent and is one of the largest tech hubs outside of Silicon Valley, especially for game companies,” said Stark. “It’s also consistently ranked among the most beautiful cities in the world, and we’re setting up Kixeye Canada right along the inner harbor at Bastion Square. For developers, it doesn’t get any better than working on projects they’re super passionate about, and having an incredible amount of fun while doing it.”