Where Are they now?

Retro Gamer - - FROM THE ARCHIVES: ATOMIC PLANET ENTERTAINMENT -

the fal­cus broth­ers af­ter APE

Af­ter Atomic Planet En­ter­tain­ment, both Dar­ren and Ja­son reused the Iguana name of the com­pany which had taken over their previous ven­ture, Op­ti­mus Soft­ware, and launched a new stu­dio in 2009. It closed af­ter three years and the broth­ers moved to Team17 (Ja­son be­came head of stu­dio – de­vel­op­ment, while Dar­ren was se­nior busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager). The pair left the pub­lisher and formed Hippo En­ter­tain­ment in 2013.

Ja­son fal­cus

In 2013, seven months af­ter join­ing Hippo En­ter­tain­ment, Ja­son moved to Eutech­nyx in Gateshead as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer. In 2014 he be­gan work­ing at Kwalee in Leam­ing­ton Spa where he is chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for the in­de­pen­dent de­vel­oper founded by for­mer Code­mas­ters boss David Dar­ling. He is over­see­ing the de­vel­op­ment and re­lease of a large range of smart­phone games such as Go Fish! and Looper! while en­cour­ag­ing small de­vel­op­ment teams to get in touch and sub­mit games for Kwalee to con­sider pub­lish­ing.

Dar­ren fal­cus

Af­ter Hippo, Dar­ren be­came the CEO and Stu­dio Man­ager of Spear­head In­ter­ac­tive. In March 2018, he be­came direc­tor of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment at Sock Mon­key Stu­dios in Mid­dles­brough. Founded in 2013, it works on con­sole, mo­bile and VR games and its clients in­clude Sega, Team17, Kwalee, Unilever, the NHS, Tee­side Univer­sity, Mo­torola and many, many more.

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