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US – Veevaert joins IGT as VP of Games for DoubleDown

By - 11 February 2014

IGT has appointed Jim Veevaert as its new Vice President of Games for DoubleDown Casino.

A 20-year industry veteran, Mr. Veevaert has a remarkable game development background and successful track record of bringing world-renowned hits to life. From console to social gaming, Veevaert has held executive positions at Zynga, Jerry Bruckheimer Games, Microsoft and Vivendi/Sierra Entertainment. He served as Vice President over the Half-Life and Counter-Strike franchises, as well as Executive Producer of the video game sensation Halo 3. Additionally, he brought the mega-successful Gears of War franchise to Xbox. Prior to joining IGT, Mr. Veevaert served as General Manager of Zynga’s Game Studio in Seattle, Washington.

In his new role, Mr. Veevaert will oversee the long-term game strategy for the popular DoubleDown Casino on Facebook and mobile devices. He will also champion product initiatives through the entire life cycle from ideation, to development, launch, and ongoing enhancement.

John Vandemore, IGT EVP of Emerging Businesses, CFO and Treasurer, said: “As we continue to grow IGT’s DoubleDown, this is the perfect opportunity for us to welcome Jim Veevaertand his vast gaming industry experience to the IGT family. Jim is truly at the top of his game, and he brings great talents that complement the strong existing senior leadership team at DoubleDown. We look forward to propelling DoubleDown’s ascent, fueled by Jim’s leadership and ingenious vision, as we deliver best-in-class gaming content and player experiences.”

Mr. Veevaert added: “IGT’s DoubleDown Casino is the authentic social casino experience, and I’m excited to be joining the team here in Seattle. DoubleDown Casino is transforming gaming entertainment, and I’m passionate to bring great games to players across the web and on mobile devices around the world.”

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