SOURCE: Outspark

December 02, 2008 09:00 ET

Former Habbo GM Paul Thind Joins Outspark as Chief Business Officer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2008) - Outspark, a leading entertainment services company that publishes and operates engaging online multiplayer games, is excited to announce the arrival of Paul Thind as the company's chief business officer. A seasoned executive with more than 15 years of experience, Mr. Thind will oversee Outspark's growing game publishing business, its portal community initiative and help the company continue to expand and enhance its immersive online social community.

"Paul has a proven track record of leading digital entertainment companies to success and we are thrilled to have him as the newest member of the Outspark team," said Susan Choe, CEO and founder of Outspark. "His years of experience in this industry and creative approach to growing and monetizing online communities make him a valuable addition to our company."

Before joining Outspark, Mr. Thind was general manager of North America of Sulake Inc., and Habbo, an online teen virtual world owned by Sulake Corporation. While working for Sulake, Mr. Thind expanded the Habbo property in North America by creating several innovative partnerships across distribution, promotions, payments and celebrity visits. He was also responsible for some of Habbo's largest advertising sales initiatives. During Mr. Thind's tenure, the Habbo community swelled to over 20 million registered characters in the North American region.

Mr. Thind's arrival represents a key milestone in Outspark's development as he brings the wealth of managing and monetizing casual virtual communities that would further enrich Outspark's game publishing business.

Outspark currently has a community of more than 3.3 million registered users.

"Despite current market conditions, Outspark is at the forefront of the video game and online virtual world industry and I'm excited to join the company at such an exhilarating period of corporate growth," said Paul Thind, newly appointed CBO of Outspark. "During my time at Habbo I focused on growing partnerships and bringing more value to the community and I recognize an even bigger opportunity for growth here at Outspark."

Mr. Thind's background also includes time as the CEO of PBA Music, an online music entertainment company, as well as the vice president of business development at Current Attractions, an Internet entertainment company and movie database. Prior to that, Mr. Thind was the CEO and president of two community-oriented independent record labels including one that was cited as America's 'Number One Extreme Entertainment Company' by Billboard Magazine.

Mr. Thind holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from California State University, East Bay and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

About Outspark

Outspark is a leading entertainment services company that publishes and operates engaging online multiplayer games. Featuring a portfolio of immersive free-to-play games and related content, the company is building an online destination where members come for the games and stay for the community. Backed by Tencent, Altos Ventures and DCM, Outspark is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., with a subsidiary office in Seoul, Korea. For more information, visit http://www.outspark.com.

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