Role will also include expaning presence in Asia and Latin America
Video game developer Reloaded Productions has appointed former Realtime Worlds director Michael Boniface as its new European managing director.
Boniface will be responsible for all business operations across Europe as well as increasing the company’s presence in rapidly evolving markets including Asia and Latin America.
Edinburgh-based Reloaded Productions, a subsidiary of US firm K2 Networks, is the publisher of online multiplayer games Fallen Earth, War Inc. and APB Reloaded.
APB Reloaded is the relaunched All Points Bulletin (APB), a game developed by Dundee-based Realtime Worlds which collapsed into administration in August 2010 resulting in the loss of more than 200 jobs.
Realtime Worlds, set up in 2002 by Dave Jones, one of the founders of gaming giant Rockstar North, had spent tens of millions of pounds in five years developing APB along with a groundbreaking new platform called Project MyWorld.
However, APB received poor reviews when it launched in July 2010 and failed to attract enough paying customers.
The former chairman of Realtime Worlds, Ian Hetherington, bought the Project MyWorld offshoot out of administration for an undisclosed sum.
Reloaded Productions, based in Irvine, California, bought the intellectual property rights to APB from Realtime Worlds' administrators.
The US firm then set up a studio in Edinburgh, supported with £125,000 of Regional Selective Assistance funding, as part of its global development team.
Reloaded Productions relaunched APB as a free online multiplayer game called APB Reloaded in December 2011 and so far more than three million players have downloaded the game since its relaunch.
Boniface, who was IT director of Reatime Worlds, was appointed general manager for Scotland when the new venture was set up in March 2011.
Speaking of his latest appointment, Boniface said: “I am delighted to be working at a new level with Reloaded Productions during a very exciting time for the company and the wider games industry.
“Reloaded’s European operation has expanded rapidly over the last year to accommodate the huge growth in online gaming, increasing numbers of players and new opportunities worldwide to bring our games to entirely new markets.
“We have ambitious plans for the future, which include helping other companies to use our technology, experience and expertise to bring their games to a huge global audience.”