PopCap Games, a leading casual games company with over 1 billion downloads by users, has announced that it’s hiring one of Adobe’s technology pioneers, Frits Habermann, as their new Chief Technical Officer. Frits was the VP of Core Technologies at Adobe and managed strategy and operations for Photoshop and Flash. He’s worked with games before as part of RealNetworks, handling education games.
PopCap games is best known for their Bejeweled title, which has sold 50 million units across all platforms. Based on the strength of this game and others, PopCap has spread to release games on the web, social platforms, downloadable platforms, mobile devices, game consoles and even in-flight systems. Bejeweled is a staple of casual gaming, and we recently covered the launch of the Bejeweled Blitz desktop version.
PopCap’s Executive Vice President of Studios, Ed Allard had this to say:
“We’re thrilled to have Frits joining our management team and overseeing the company’s technology strategies and direction, which are key to our long-term success,” said Allard. “Frits brings strong leadership and deep management experience, with a long history of products that focus on the user experience as it relates to technology and vice versa. His passion for gaming, combined with his background leading the technology group at Adobe, makes him a natural fit for PopCap as we expand our own cross-platform offerings to stake out a leadership position in social gaming and emerging technologies like the iPad.”