Launched in July 2021, Polygon Studios has attracted talent from large traditional finance companies. Established as a relationship arm with developers in the Blockchain Gaming and NFT ecosystem, it recently announced new staff from top Web2 companies, legacy Internet entities.
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Polygon Studios is trying to function as a bridge between Web 2 and Web3, which many see as the next era of internet power through blockchain technology. To achieve this goal, this developer’s arm helps companies build decentralized applications using Polygon, Ethereum’s scalability solution.
According to a press release shared with Bitcoinist, Polygon Studios has announced 5 new recruits who will join its ranks. The developer arm is led by former YouTube Gaming division chief Ryan Wyatt.
Michael Blank and Young Ko will join Polygon Studios, according to the release. Blank will act as chief operating officer (COO), while Ko will work as chief financial officer (CFO).
Blank has over two decades of experience working with gaming giant Electronic Arts (EA). Within the company, Blank held various leadership positions, including Senior Vice President of Player Network. Blank also worked as an executive producer for EA for several years.
Part of a key EA growth strategy, Player Network is an initiative to expand cross-platform. This way, players could play any title with their friends, regardless of their game system, and transfer save files across multiple platforms.
On the other hand, Young has worked for more than 16 years, bringing his financial experience to many companies and industries. Young has worked in entertainment, music, fashion and real estate. For the past decade, Young has worked as vice president of finance at Penske Media with brands including Billboard, Variety and Rolling Stone.
Blank and Young are joined by Urvit Goel, Charnjit Bansi. Goel has nearly a decade of experience with e-commerce giant Amazon. Additionally, Goel has created long-term strategic partnerships with major game publishers.
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Goel has, according to the press release, worked on several gaming initiatives for Amazon and was involved in the launch of Amazon’s Cloud Gaming business. Bansi has worked on AAA gaming initiatives including the Call of Duty franchise, one of the most popular and active users in the world, and the Sledgehammer series.
Finally, Polygon Studios hired ex-NASA software engineer and Riot Games veteran Ben Watley. Additionally, an EA alumnus, Watley will work as a senior director of strategy for the developer branch. The CEO of Polygon Studios said the following regarding these recent hires and their intention to become the hub for Web2 and Web3 products:
We are thrilled to attract talent of such caliber as we build Web3’s dream team. The combined expertise and insights of traditional and blockchain industries will be invaluable in growing the developer ecosystem and bridging the gap between Web2 and Web3.
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