After quitting as general manager and announcing his departure from EA Easy Studio in March, there hasn’t been much word on where Battlefield Heroes‘ and Battlefield Play4Free‘s Ben Cousins was heading next. A few months pass by and here we are, with the knowledge that free-to-play pioneer Cousins will be raising and running Ngmoco’s new Stockholm-based studio in Sweden, working on social games for Japan-based Dena’s platform Mobage. Dena acquired Ngmoco last October for $400 million (USD).
“Ben Cousins has spent his whole career innovating,” said Ngmoco head Neil Young. “From pioneering downloadable content for handhelds to helping spearhead bold moves into free-to-play gaming for core games franchises, he brings a keen understanding of delivering great freemium games and triple-A game development to Ngmoco. We’re thrilled to have him leading ngmoco Sweden.”
Cousins himself seems eager to start his new career as well, explaining that the industry is “at an inflection point,” adding: “these platforms are bringing hundreds of millions of new gamers into the fold, and at the same time existing core gamers are discovering the innovation, immersion and connectivity they bring. I’m excited to participate in helping shape what we believe is the future of games.”