Press for Big Fish
Big Fish Games today announced that Paul Thelen, age 44 and Big Fish Games’ founder, previous president and CEO, and current chief strategy officer and chairman of its board of directors, will assume the roles of president and CEO from Jeremy Lewis, effective April 30. Lewis will continue on Big Fish’s board of directors.
The App Store has more than a few hidden object games, with publisher Big Fish Games leading the charge. The company does a great job finding new ways to breathe life into this time-wasting sub genre, and its most recent release, Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull, incorporates live actors into the plot. It's like a Sega CD game from the 90s, but good.
After years of dedication to the traditional pay-to-play model, Big Fish is making a major push into the “freemium” consumer market—games that are free to play, but make money by charging for premium perks.
The company also is getting ready to unveil a cloud-based gaming system that will make game play faster and available almost anywhere there’s an Internet connection and a screen, a move that will open up its considerable library of PC and Mac-based games to new sales.
On top of all that, Big Fish has placed a big bet on social gaming for the first time, acquiring San Francisco-area studio Self Aware Games, which created a high-grossing gambling game for iOS and is preparing for a major move to Facebook.
Every once in a while a game comes along that's so engrossing you can't simply put it down. iPad gamers might've experienced this with titles such as PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies, Chillingo's Angry Birds and Halfbrick Studios' Jetpack Joyride, to name a few digital downloads.
Now you can add Big Fish Games' Fairway Solitaire HD to that coveted list.