Resolution Games, a virtual reality (VR) games studio founded by ex-King Digital Entertainment games guru Tommy Palm, has unveiled the company’s founding team and board members. The studio’s initial efforts will focus on creating VR games that everyone can enjoy and are accessible for the entire family.
“VR hardware and games are a lot closer than people think. They can create an unprecedented feeling of presence, immersion and a sense of separation from the outside world, which provides a great foundation for making games that can quickly help players feel relaxed and take some time off from their busy lives,” said Resolution Games co-founder and CEO Tommy Palm. “We are confident that the veteran team at Resolution Games will be key in helping drive initial games concepts that truly kick things off for the industry and take gameplay within virtual worlds to the next level, showing how wonderful these devices can be for games.”
The studio team, composed of highly respected game industry veterans, serial entrepreneurs and thought-leaders with proven track records spanning mass market and AAA games, free-to-play games, hardware and small team production, includes:
Tommy Palm, Swedish games industry veteran, is co-founder, CEO and resident “VR guru”. Most recently Palm was spokesperson and games guru at Candy Crush Saga maker King Digital Entertainment, where he worked with the company through to its IPO at a US$6 billion valuation. In 2012 the company he founded, Fabrication Games, was acquired by King Digital Entertainment to provide the platform ultimately used to help the company transition to mobile. Palm has also founded Jadestone, the Game Trail and Stugan. Palm first learned to program games for Commodore 64 in 1986 with Martin Vilcans, Resolution Games’ CTO.
COO Måns Ullerstam is a mobile games pioneer. His company Picofun (launched 1999 and later acquired by Aspiro) created Lifestylers, the world’s first mobile game breach 1 million users. Most recently he was head of Swedish telecom Rebtel, valued at US$100 million.
CTO Martin Vilcans is a veteran game developer with more than 30 years of experience from assembly language programming to server clusters, and has worked with companies like Goo Technologies, Digital Legends Entertainment and Jadestone Group, which he co-founded with Palm.
Technical artist Olof Hagelin has developed MMO, mobile and AAA games, including Syndicate and Candy Crush Soda Saga. He also co-founded award-winning games company Lockpick Entertainment and has worked with King Digital Entertainment, Starbreeze and Fabrication Games.
Developer and researcher Carl-Arvid Ewerbring has deep-rooted games and mobile development experience, having also created the award-winning Spurf among dozens of other concepts and prototypes. He was also founder of Bookl and EEA Consulting.
Martin Vilcans, CA Ewerbring, Tommy Palm, Måns Ullerstam and Olof Hagelin in Stockholm.
The corporate board consists of Palm, Ullerstam, John Elvesjö and Linus Gunnarson, with others to be announced. Elvesjö is founder, deputy CEO and CTO of Tobii, the world’s leading eye control and eye tracking technology company. Prior to Tobii, Elvesjö was CEO and founder of sensor and instrument monitoring company Jenser Technology, which was acquired by KSV NIMA/Biolin Scientific. Gunnarson is a serial entrepreneur who has worked to guide dozens of start-ups towards success over the past two decades.
The initial board of advisors include Paul Bragiel, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, managing partner and co-founder of I/O Ventures, and games industry marketing communications veteran, Paul Brady.
“One of the most important takeaways from massively popular mobile games like Candy Crush Saga is that the majority of all gamers span across many demographics, and often prefer light-hearted vs. hard-core games,” added Palm. “Also, the emergence of other amazing VR content – like movies and apps – is making the VR platform relevant for all.”