The news comes hot on the heels of Curve being named Publisher of the Year for the second year running at the 2020 TIGA Awards, and follows two key acquisitions of Brighton-based Runner Duck, developer of Bomber Crew; and, just last month, of Vancouver studio IronOak, the development team behind For The King.
Clark joins Curve Digital from Tencent, where he held the role of VP Partnerships Europe. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at SEGA Europe, ultimately serving as EVP Publishing and helping to shape SEGA’s transition and growth during his time at the publishing stalwart.
“We are delighted to announce John Clark as our new CEO; his experience and reputation in the industry are second to none,” said Dominic Wheatley, Catalis Group Chief Executive Officer. “John joins us following another great year for Curve Digital and we look forward to working together to move Curve into our next phase of expansion.”
Clark added: “I’ve been impressed with Curve Digital’s growth over the past few years, and I’m delighted and honoured to be joining the team. We have a great portfolio of developer partnerships, some great franchises and have added to our team of talent thanks to the acquisitions of the Runner Duck and IronOak studios. We have a very bright future ahead and I’m looking forward to working with the team to help shape it.”
Curve Founder Jason Perkins offered: “We welcome John to the Curve family. This marks a new phase in the development of Curve Digital as we grow our publishing activity, and we look forward to a bright future.”
Curve Digital is part of the Catalis Group, which also includes world-leading QA & Localiation specialist Testronic. The Catalis Group was the subject of an investment late last year by NorthEdge Capital and Vespa Capital, valuing the Group at €100 million.