UK tabletop games developer and retailer Steamforged Games has welcomed Simon Spalding to its board as Executive Chair.
Simon joins after a dozen years in international commercial and production roles at Fremantle Media. Prior to that he spent 14 years with Hasbro working on marketing and brand development for multiple brands including Trivial Pursuit, Transformers, Play-Doh, and Jurassic Park.
“I’m incredibly pleased to be joining Steamforged at such an exciting time in the company’s growth,” says Simon. “With the support of our new investor, Foresight Group, we aim to build on Steamforged’s reputation as an industry leader in creativity, quality and game experience.
“As well as strengthening our existing partnerships, in the coming year we’ll be focusing on developing original intellectual property and expanding our distribution.”
Steamforged first gained success following the launch of the critically acclaimed sports-based miniatures game Guild Ball. The company has since gone on to produce tabletop versions of popular video games such as Resident Evil 2: The Board Game and Ni no Kuni II: The Board Game.
Steamforged co-founder and CEO, Rich Loxam adds: “We’re thrilled to have Simon join our board. With his experience and reputation, I have no doubt that he will be a significant asset to both our overall strategy and our product pipeline.”
Simon’s appointment follows that of Ian Livingstone, the co-founder of Games Workshop and a legend of the UK games industry.