SBC News Aristocrat hooks Jeff Karp as new Big Fish Games CEO

Aristocrat hooks Jeff Karp as new Big Fish Games CEO

Australia ASX-listed gambling technology group Aristocrat Leisure has confirmed the appointment of Jeff Karp as Managing Director & President of Big Fish Games, heading up its recently acquired social gaming subsidiary.

Seeking to diversify its corporate entity beyond casino technologies, in December 2017 Aristocrat completed its $1 billion acquisition of Seattle-based Big Fish, from former owner Churchill Downs.

Regarded as one of the leading executives within the games sector, Karp has formerly held EVP roles at EA, Zynga and GSN Games, developing and delivering a number of top-grossing game titles, product lines and new franchises.

Most recently Karp served as Chief Executive of Sports Illustrated (Comcast/NBC) PLAY division, developing youth-sports platforms and engagement verticals.

Updating the market Jeff Goldstein Chief Digital Officer at Aristocrat, stated that Karp had the best profile and experience to lead Big Fish’s future enterprise:

“I am delighted to welcome Jeff Karp to Big Fish. His expertise in growing games into global entertainment franchises is unsurpassed. His proven track record and deep experience in the games industry make him the ideal person to drive Big Fish’s growth strategy, and ensure the business delivers its full potential.”

Karp will lead Big Fish as Aristocrat governance seeks to establish its new subsidiary as the market leader in social and casual games, developing new engaging titles and furthering franchises with entertainment companies and media owners.

“I am honored to be working with such a creative and talented group, who are focused on enhancing life through exceptional play,” Karp commented on leading Big Fish Games

“Big Fish is a content-rich company and its employees are passionate about making great games that bring joy and fun to millions of players around the world. I look forward to working with everyone at Big Fish to deliver our growth plans for the benefit of our players, our people and all our stakeholders.”

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