5th Planet Games Appoints Rob Carroll as Chief Mobile Officer

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Former Tapjoy executive and Zynga producer tapped to lead the company’s move into mobile

Rob Carroll, 5th Planet's Chief Mobile Officer

Rob is widely recognized as a leading expert on mobile games, and he’s the perfect person to lead this important initiative for the company.

5th Planet Games, Inc., an independent developer of core, free-to-play games, announced today the addition of Rob Carroll as Chief Mobile Officer. Carroll joins the company on the heels of the successful launch of its super hero-themed game, Legacy of Heroes, and the continued expansion of popular Role Playing and Collectible Card Games including Dawn of the Dragons, Clash of the Dragons, and Legacy of a Thousand Suns. Carroll will be responsible for bringing these games as well as new titles to mobile gamers throughout the world.

“I have been a huge fan of ‘Dawn’ and other of 5th Planet’s games for years now, so I’m thrilled to be joining the company that I’ve always held in such high regard,” said Rob Carroll, Chief Mobile Officer of 5th Planet Games. “5th Planet has a very passionate and dedicated fanbase, and it’s exciting to be able to apply my knowledge of the mobile landscape to allow those fans to play their favorite games wherever and whenever they’d like. There’s also a giant opportunity to attract a whole new following as well, since there’s nothing available on mobile platforms right now quite like 5th Planet’s games.”

An established speaker, writer and authority on mobile and social games, Carroll joins 5th Planet Games having most recently served as the Director of Publishing at Tapjoy, a leading mobile advertising and publishing platform. At Tapjoy, Carroll ran the company’s developers fund and managed its publishing activity, investing in up-and-coming mobile games and advising mobile developers of all sizes in best practices on monetization, game mechanics, viral distribution and more. In his time with Tapjoy, Rob helped launch over 120 games on iPhone and Android with developers all over the world.

Prior to Tapjoy, Rob worked as a designer and producer for Zynga and Hive7 on their social games and as a console game producer at LucasArts. He has worked on such titles as Mafia Wars, Vampire Wars, Street Racer, Pirates, YoVille, Knighthood, The Sindicate, Youtopia, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Star Wars: Elite Squadron and many others. He has also spoken extensively at industry tradeshows and conferences including the Game Developers Conference, Casual Connect, Smartphone Games Summit and many others.

“Rob is widely recognized as a leading expert on mobile games, and he’s the perfect person to lead this important initiative for the company,” said Robert Winkler, Co-founder and CEO of 5th Planet Games. “His success developing, distributing and optimizing mobile games will be invaluable to us as we bring our existing titles to mobile platforms and expand our entire portfolio. He also fits right in with our corporate culture, since he’s a lifelong and passionate gamer just like the rest of us.”

About 5th Planet Games
5th Planet Games is an independent developer of core, free-to-play games designed for casual gamers and hardcore enthusiasts alike. Established in 2009, the company’s mission is to build games that the employees themselves would want to play, and the results are several successful Role Playing Games including Dawn of the Dragons, Legacy of a Thousand Suns, Clash of the Dragons, and Legacy of Heroes, available on Facebook, Kongregate, Armor Games, and their own destination web sites. In 2012 the company acquired To Be Continued, LLC, a leading developer of Collectible Card Games. 5th Planet Games is headquartered in Roseville, California, with offices in New York. For more information, visit http://www.5thplanetgames.com.

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