Jun 25, 2015, 04:36 ET
LOS ANGELES, June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- SGN, the fastest growing major U.S. mobile games studio, today announced that its Co-Founder/CEO, Chris DeWolfe, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award for the Greater Los Angeles region. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. DeWolfe was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a black-tie awards gala event on June 16 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
"I am honored to receive this award and appreciate the efforts of my amazing SGN team who helped to build our company into the fastest growing major mobile games studio in the US," said Chris DeWolfe. "Many of my colleagues have been with me since our days at MySpace and to be recognized for our accomplishments in this second effort together is particularly fulfilling.
SGN is a leader in mobile gaming with more than 500 million downloads of its titles. The company's game Cookie Jam was recognized as Facebook Game of the Year 2014, and it has also published games in partnership with studios such as Fox for Guillermo del Toro's animated feature film, The Book of Life.
Now in its 29th year, the EY program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national award recipients include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2014 winner Dr. David Hung, President and CEO and Chairman of Medivation.
As a Greater Los Angeles award recipient, DeWolfe is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 national program. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award recipient, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In Greater Los Angeles, regional sponsors include: Platinum sponsors – Marsh, Merrill Datasite, Scherzer International, Smart Business, Tangram, and Union Bank. Silver sponsors – Acacia Wealth Advisors, Ballard Spahr, Cresa, and Vaco Los Angeles.
SGN is a leading cross-platform mobile games studio, delivering highly entertaining and engaging titles to millions of users around the world on Facebook, iOS, Android and Amazon. Founded by MySpace Co-Founders Chris DeWolfe and Aber Whitcomb, and former Fox executive Josh Yguado, SGN's strong executive team with stellar programming and creative talent has established the company as a leader in the mobile gaming industry. SGN's acquisitions include Mindjolt, SGN, and Mob Science. SGN's patent-pending MasterKey technology deploys games seamlessly across multiple platforms, allowing players to interact with friends regardless of the device or site they prefer. SGN operates with a global presence with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Palo Alto and Buenos Aires. For more information about SGN, please visit www.sgn.com
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