Microsoft has appointed John Needham as the Studio Head of Lionhead. He will be reporting directly to Phil Harrison, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business. Needham brings experience in developing MMO and free-to-play games.
"This is a historic time in our industry and I’m excited, and honoured, to be joining Lionhead and Microsoft Studios," said Needham. "Our vision is focused on building innovative gaming services and AAA experiences at Lionhead, and the rest of Microsoft Studios, which take advantage of Microsoft’s incredible hardware and software platforms. Personally, I can’t wait to get started."
"It’s my pleasure to welcome John Needham to Microsoft Studios and Lionhead," said Harrison. "He brings a wealth of proven executive leadership experience in the online gaming space to the company and I know will confidently lead Lionhead towards an ambitious online future."
Needham was previously CEO at Gazillion Entertainment, which developed Marvel Heroes. Before that he was the CEO at Cryptic Studios, which developed City of Heroes and Star Trek Online. He was also the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Operations and CFO at Sony Online Entertainment.