Screenzilla comes from a long line of creative, innovative and ambitious teams. Backed by the creator of the acclaimed MMO Club Penguin as well as Hyper Hippo Studios, leaders in the idle game genre, Screenzilla is made up of people with a history of creating high-quality, player driven games. And we bring this experience to the way we publish and support games and developers.
Meet the Team
We know that it takes more than technical know-how to make great games. Our teams are made up of not only industry professionals with years of experience, but also people passionate about games and changing the way the industry approaches game publishing. Providing a full range of services for our partners is only part of what we offer; it’s our goal to always be bringing something new, innovative and valuable to each partner of a regular basis.
Lance (known by many as RocketSnail) is our lead hippo, mountain man, and the visionary behind Screenzilla. Lance has been developing online worlds since he was a child, creating his first virtual world, Penguin Chat, in 2000. He later co-founded and created the legendary Club Penguin in 2005. In Lance’s spare time, he likes to hike around the world while, as he puts it, “pursuing his passions!”
Kevin’s interest in player experience started in college, while taking support calls for Nintendo. Since then he’s worked with brands across the world to drive marketing experiences and programs with a player-first mentality. At Microsoft and Publicis Groupe, Kevin designed tools and programs to help brands understand their customers and provide the best support possible. Now bringing his passion to Screenzilla, Kevin is focused not just on ensuring everything Screenzilla does is player-first, but raising the importance of the players across the entire industry. His specialty is finding amazing people to work with, and his favourite video game character is Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher.
Director of Player Experience
Mike’s career has encompassed all aspects of the digital marketing universe. Before joining the team, he worked as a Content Strategist for EA, Digital Marketing Manager at a local brewery, Engagement Specialist at a tech startup, and Social Media Manager at PR agency Jive, along with numerous freelance clients including Netflix. With diplomas in Digital Film & Production from the Art Institute of Vancouver and Marketing Communications from BCIT, Mike now brings his talents to Screenzilla, overseeing the design, social, and customer support teams. His favourite video game character is none other than the Queen of Blades herself – Starcraft’s Kerrigan!
Director of Insight & Analytics
Sean comes from a background in behavioural science and analytics. He has previously used that skill set in a range of projects, including Alzheimer’s research, analysing customer traffic, patron valuation, and hotel yielding in the casino industry. For the last six years he has been in the mobile game industry constructing event taxonomy, developing KPI dashboards and analyzing in-game behaviour. He specializes in data mining for visual communications.
Director of Game Strategy
Josh has been a game developer for over 20 years with a focus on game design and production, and has shipped over 40 titles for companies such as Electronic Arts, Rockstar Games, Ubisoft, Disney and YouTuber Influence agency BBTV. He now uses that experience to help developers build the right type of games and on how to streamline their development cycles for cost and efficiency. His spirit animal is the Overwatch’s heroic archer Hanzo.
From South Africa to Germany, Edouard is our resident world-traveler, having worked and lived all over the globe. After finishing a degree in International Business & Marketing in Suzhou, China, he worked for Johnson & Johnson, Gameloft, Iconpeak and head the marketing operations at PikPok. He now joins us at Screenzilla, adding his skills in mobile marketing and business development. His favourite video game character, the vengeful Arthas Menethil, brings darkness and destruction to the world of mortals, but don’t let that fool you – Edouard himself brings heaps of positive energy!
User Acquisition & Ad Monetization
With a finance degree from Binghamton University, Luke has worked all over the globe, from New Zealand to the Netherlands. After working with companies like Gamehouse, PikPok and Big Fish, he joins our Seattle office as a specialist in growth and acquisition. His favourite video game is Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, because it’s a) the only Zelda game he’s beaten, b) the most impressive handheld game he’s seen, and c) genuinely fun.
Manager of Marketing
Chris is a 10 year veteran of the games marketing industry. With roles in production and marketing at EA, A Thinking Ape, and Hothead Games his 25 million plus downloads bring a wealth of experience to the table. Titles he has worked on include the Kill Shot and Big Win Sports series; Kingdoms at War, a precursor to Game of War; and World Series of Poker mobile properties.
Manager of Studio Relations
Tyler has spent over ten years supporting the gaming industry, with a focus in player-first support, quality assurance, team management and self-described “dashing good looks”. After eight years support and managing teams for the Walt Disney Company, he helped to establish HHG’s Player Experience Team and now serves as a Relations Manager for Screenzilla. His all-time favourite video game is Super Smash Bros, which he’s played religiously since is release on the N64.
Manager of Studio Relations & Operations
An unfortunate Toronto Maple Leafs fan, Duncan has extensive experience in quality control, providing strategic growth strategies, and optimizing internal systems. On a day to day basis, he ensures that timelines are met and project quality is superb. His favourite video game is Crimson Skies (and believes it’s “outrageous” that it hasn’t been brought back), and his favourite video game character is the pink ghost in Pacman (although he won’t tell us why).
Product Marketing Manager
Emma has 18+ years of experience in the digital media industry and has worked with global leaders including The Walt Disney Company and the BBC. Originally from London, UK, Emma moved to Kelowna, BC in 2010 to join the Club Penguin team. Since then, she has worked on award-winning projects for websites, mobile apps, and print. She is currently Product Marketing Manager at Screenzilla, focusing on bringing games to market. Her favourite video game is none other than the British classic, James Pond, as it brings back great childhood memories.
Manager of Social Strategy & Content
Lindsay is no stranger to the gaming industry. Getting his start in the Walt Disney Company, he moved across the world to London, England, working for Bin Weevils. Now returning to Canada to work with Screenzilla, Lindsay has a keen interest in social media, brand promotion and pop culture. He spends his time working between the Kelowna and Vancouver offices, and firmly believes that raisins do not belong in baked goods.
After graduating from Emily Carr University, Barez has built an impressive and diverse resume, including VFX artist, animator, illustrator, storyboard artist, character designer, voice-over artist, and everything in between. Now at Screenzilla, he creates awesome graphic design content for our partners and currently holds the title of Best Office Mustache. His favourite video game character is Kassandra of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and in his spare time can be found drawing in Vancouver’s many coffee shops.
Junior Content Producer
Mikey is the mastermind behind our video content. With a passion for film and excellent editing skills, his wide array of skills adds irreplaceable value to our social media team. Starting out at the Walt Disney Company, Mikey has a long history working in gaming quality assurance, project management, special projects and player experience. His favourite video game is and always will be Gex – a childhood favourite, because “a gecko pretending to be James Bond” – how could you not love it?”
Manager of Player Experience
Jordan (known to the office as “Jerd”) has spent over a decade managing teams and leading the way in player support and community management. He spent many years as a Team Leader for Disney, managing teams of upwards of 20 reps at a time. With extensive experience in training, resource building, mentoring, team managing and brand voicing, Jerd is now leading Screenzilla’s Player Experience Team and overseeing the support of all published titles. He has too many favourite video games to list (including Resident Evil 4, Super Mario World, and Wind Waker), and his most impressive Pokemon on Pokemon Go is his shiny Articuno.
Player Experience Specialist
Alexis is an expert when it comes to community interaction, process management, reporting, and managing the day-to-day operations of the office. She spent seven years working on various titles at the Walt Disney Company, from Club Penguin to Pixie Hollow, and has brought that experience and player-first focus to Screenzilla. Apart from ensuring that she and her teams are providing the very best support to their communities, Alexis is a Pokemon Go addict. She is very proud of her Mewtwo and shiny Farfetch’d, and has kept all of her 90’s Pokemon cards (in protectors, of course).
Nathan Del Rizzo
Player Experience Specialist
He calls himself an interdimensional traveller, but we call him Nate. With a background in the service industry, running and working in restaurants, Nate is no stranger to the customer service and fully embodies our player-first mantra. After making the switch to tech, he has become an expert at identifying and troubleshooting pesky bugs, and finding creative solutions for any problems he encounters. When he’s not helping players, he’s pursuing his BA in Psychology and listening to the blackest of black metal, while running after two rambunctious toddlers. His favourite video game character is the scholar Deckard Cain (R.I.P.).
Player Experience Specialist
Tayler spent seven years supporting games at the Walt Disney Company, working with titles like Club Penguin, Pixie Hollow, World of Cars, and more. A musical wiz, he has brought those skills and player-first attitude over to the Screenzilla team, assisting with sound production and music development for video content. When asked about his favourite video game, he listed our software, Helpshift, because his work is more fun than any game could be (aside for AdVenture Capitalist).
Player Experience Specialist
With skills in web, communications, and gaming, this triple threat fully embodies our player-first mantra. She joins the Screenzilla team with a background in web design and a diploma in New Media Communications & Design under her belt, and is currently pursuing her BA in Business Administration. When she’s not supporting our players, Jo is probably playing disc golf or patiently waiting for the next Mass Effect installment.
Player Experience Specialist
After living and working across Asia, Aislinn returned to Kelowna to finish her studies in media and communications. During the work week she spends her time tracking bugs, writing, managing the Reddit community, and most importantly, petting the office dogs. Her favourite video game character is Animal Crossing’s Tom Nook due to his skillful investing and stylish sweater vest.
Kelowna Office Mascot
Shrub is an active member of the Kelowna team, bringing limitless positivity and enthusiasm to her work. While on the job, Shrub spends her time supervising her mom, receiving belly rubs, and being fed treats. It’s a hard job, but someone’s gotta do it!
Vancouver Office Mascot
Penny is the real boss of our Vancouver office. When she’s not posing for Instagram, she’s helping run meetings and working hard as the office stress-reliever. In her spare time, Penny enjoys basking in the sun, collecting sticks, and chasing her dad down mountains on the North Shore.
Screenzilla is part of the Hyper Hippo Productions team. As such we are partnered with a number of talented studios throughout Canada and the United States. Through this we have access to a wide range of talent, resources and perspectives. Everyone within Hyper Hippo Productions is not only dedicated to making amazing games, but also passionate about building a creative and collaborative culture throughout all of HHP.
Screenzilla is located in Kelowna, BC. A burgeoning city for the tech and gaming industry, Kelowna is in the heart of the Okanagan valley, offering beautiful vistas from the lake to the ski hills, a myriad of award-winning wineries and much more. Our office houses both Screenzilla and Hyper Hippo Studios and we believe in a strong culture of collaboration, openness and creativity among our teams.
Hyper Hippo organization also resides in Vancouver, BC. Included here are an experienced team of passionate and talented designers, programmers, artists and more! With a long list of games under their belt, this team is working hard to create amazing, engaging games!