IGT's DoubleDown Casino Draws Top Social Gaming Talent

New Vice President of Games Developed Fan-Favorite Games at Zynga and Microsoft

Feb 10, 2014, 08:50 ET from IGT

SEATTLE, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IGT (NYSE: IGT), a global leader in compelling casino gaming entertainment, announced today that Jim Veevaert  has joined IGT's DoubleDown Casino as its new Vice President of Games.   

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A 20-year industry veteran, Veevaert has a remarkable game development background and successful track record of bringing world-renowned hits to life. From console to social gaming, Veevaert has held executive positions at Zynga, Jerry Bruckheimer Games, Microsoft and Vivendi/Sierra Entertainment. Veevaert served as Vice President over the "Half-Life" and "Counter-Strike" franchises, as well as Executive Producer of the video game sensation "Halo 3." Additionally, Veevaert brought the mega-successful "Gears of War" franchise to Xbox. Prior to joining IGT, Veevaert served as General Manager of Zynga's Game Studio in Seattle, Wash.

In his new role, Veevaert will oversee the long-term game strategy for the popular DoubleDown Casino on Facebook and mobile devices. He will also champion product initiatives through the entire life cycle from ideation, to development, launch, and ongoing enhancement.

"As we continue to grow IGT's DoubleDown, this is the perfect opportunity for us to welcome Jim Veevaert and his vast gaming industry experience to the IGT family. Jim is truly at the top of his game, and he brings great talents that complement the strong existing senior leadership team at DoubleDown," said John Vandemore, IGT EVP of Emerging Businesses, CFO and Treasurer.  "We look forward to propelling DoubleDown's ascent, fueled by Jim's leadership and ingenious vision, as we deliver best-in-class gaming content and player experiences."

"IGT's DoubleDown Casino is the authentic social casino experience, and I'm excited to be joining the team here in Seattle," said Jim Veevaert, Vice President of Games. "DoubleDown Casino is transforming gaming entertainment, and I'm passionate to bring great games to players across the web and on mobile devices around the world."

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