PopCap Games has brought a new member into its management team today, hiring industry veteran Frits Habermann as the company’s Chief Technical Officer. Habermann joins PopCap after spending the last 20 years at Adobe, most recently serving as VP of Core Technologies.
“We’re thrilled to have Frits joining our management team and overseeing the company’s technology strategies and direction, which are key to our long-term success,” said Ed Allard, PopCap’s Executive VP of Studios. “Frits brings strong leadership and deep management experience, with a long history of products that focus on the user experience as it relates to technology and vice versa. His passion for gaming, combined with his background leading the technology group at Adobe, makes him a natural fit for PopCap as we expand our own cross-platform offerings to stake out a leadership position in social gaming and emerging technologies like the iPad.”
“I’m really excited to be part of such a vibrant, creative, fun technology company here at PopCap,” Habermann said. “PopCap has created a flourishing business model by mixing creative passion with technological excellence, and I’m looking forward to helping the company scale its rapidly growing technology vision on a diverse set of platforms. I’m particularly looking forward to applying my experience with Flash and growing large technical organizations to PopCap’s plans in the social gaming arena, where there’s still so much to be learned and created.”
With so much buzz surrounding the social marketplace in recent months, it’s exciting to hear PopCap’s new CTO speak about this new frontier with such genuine enthusiasm. PopCap’s only social game to date has been Bejeweled Blitz, which currently serves more than 10 million users monthly and has spun off into both an iPhone and PC version. If PopCap can continue to succeed with their unique approach to multiplatform social gaming, we may find ourselves squaring off in a Zuma competition on Facebook before we know it.