This venture sees the trio build on their previous successes at companies such as Epic Games, Microsoft, Sony and Electronic Arts, where they led the development of game franchises including Gears of War, Assassin’s Creed, FIFA, The Sims, Need for Speed and more.
Arctic7 was founded with a commitment to provide an environment where talent can benefit from cutting-edge professional experiences, and partners will benefit from personal connections. With their combined decades of gaming experience, Efremov, Rizzo, and Van Slyke know that every project is only as good as the people behind it. The company is committed to hiring and inspiring the best talent and is proud of the ever-growing team it has assembled since its inception.
Igor Efremov, co-founder of Arctic7 comments: “We are delighted to announce Arctic7 to our friends, partners and peers. In true gaming industry fashion, we’ve been operating in stealth mode for the past two months, bringing together top talent in anticipation of delivering AAA-grade experiences to our partners. We are incredibly fortunate to have hired a team of stars who are recognized as the best in their fields and who have helped build and grow several billion dollar AAA franchises.
The company’s overall vision is to look beyond the perceived limits of traditional game development and include explorations of creative and technical intersections.
Mark Rizzo, Co-Founder of Arctic7 adds, “The industry has seen a seismic shift in recent years as the world of gaming and game-based technologies has opened up to new audiences and industries. It has always been exciting to work in games and today, with the help of the technology and talent we have, Arctic7 is looking forward to becoming a key player in the evolution of the industry.
Alan Van Slyke, co-founder of Arctic7, continues: “Arctic7 gives us the platform to use our combined years of game development to create the most compelling new worlds, adventures and experiences for our partners and their players. . The opportunities are endless and we are thrilled to work with some of the best talent in the industry.
Igor Efremov began his career in video games at Electronic Arts before co-founding Sperasoft with Mark Rizzo; a game development studio that was acquired by Keyword Studios in 2017. The acquisition allowed Efremov to become the Chief Commercial Officer of Keyword Studios, responsible for sales and services across the company.
Mark Rizzo has also held a number of technical and operational leadership positions at companies including Sony, Electronic Arts and, most recently, Keyword Studios, where he served as Director of Global Operations.
Alan Van Slyke has over two decades of game development experience, working in senior production roles at Epic Games, Electronic Arts, Sony Computer Entertainment, and most recently served as COO at Microsoft Studio. , Undead Labs.
Arctic7, headquartered in Austin, Texas, has development teams around the world and is currently working on an unannounced project for an international publisher, with a number of additional partner projects planned for 2022 and beyond.