We are a team with decades of experience which we’ve honed on a host of top-selling, globally successful AAA titles across multiple genres.
— Kevin Shrapnell

Kevin Shrapnell

CEO & Founder

Kevin has been making games of some form since starting to play D&D in the late 70s, and has been making video games professionally for 30 years. 

Kevin has a penchant for playing the butler in 1920’s live action murder mystery games.

Kip Katsarelis

Chief Product Officer & Founder

16 years ago, Kip got his dream job working at Maxis, learning the trade from industry giants and working on brands like The Sims, Spore, and SimCity.  After years of leading design and production teams in the PC and console space, it’s time for Kip to flex his creative juices on a platform that occupies the majority of his gaming time.

Kip played semi-pro football while working on SimCity 4.

Rajan Tande

Chief Technology Officer & Founder

Rajan joined Bullfrog back in 1996 and in the intervening 19 years, he has shipped more than 20 titles across 8 platforms. He’s deeply affected by the performance of the sports teams that he supports and occasionally writes about the suffering that they cause him.

Rajan appears in Syndicate Wars PS1 dressed as Elvis.

Chi Chan  Head of Art & Founder  Chi has more than 17 years of industry experience and has shipped over 16 games. From an early age, Chi has been fascinated with games and the art within them. The creative process of creating deeply compelling worlds and imaginary characters motivates him to this day.  Chi has a soft spot for Mecha.

Chi Chan

Head of Art & Founder

After graduating with a degree in industrial design, and a short stint working in architecture, Chi started off making games 20 years ago and has shipped 16 games on PC and consoles. Chi is fascinated with the creative process of building deeply compelling worlds and imagining up fascinating characters to populate them with.

Chi likes to avoid confrontation in PUBG.

John Khoo

Software Engineer

Following a lifelong passion for gaming, John has been working in the industry for over ten years. He started out making games based on popular movie franchises before moving to Maxis to work on their simulation titles.

John still prefers watching films in the movie theater.

Greg Eng  Software Engineer  Greg has been in the games industry since 2011 when started his career working on SimCity. An alumnus of CMU, he fell in love with game development in college when he would code games in MATLAB while getting a Chemical Engineering degree.  Greg is from Delaware, despite not being a corporation.

Greg Eng

Software Engineer

Greg has been in the games industry since 2011 when started his career working on SimCity. An alumnus of CMU, he fell in love with game development in college when he would code games in MATLAB while getting a Chemical Engineering degree. 

Greg is from Delaware, despite not being a corporation.

Guillaume Pierre  Senior Designer  Guillaume joined Maxis in 2003 and gained experience in many aspects of AAA game-making. He was born and raised in France, where he developed a passion for video games, history, geography, and competitive robot-making.  Guillaume used to DJ a weekly radio show at UC Berkeley's KALX.

Guillaume Pierre

Senior Designer

Guillaume joined Maxis in 2003 and gained experience in many aspects of AAA game-making. He was born and raised in France, where he developed a passion for video games, history, geography, and competitive robot-making. 

Guillaume used to DJ a weekly radio show at UC Berkeley's KALX.

Colin Moore  Software Engineer  Colin is an old school pen & paper D&D player who has been dungeon crawling for over 30 years. He first programmed on the ZX80 and started making games as a profession in 1994 with Mindscape by bringing Warhammer fantasy battles to the PlayStation.  Colin enjoys exploring ways of innovating with gameplay and technology.

Colin Moore

Software Engineer

Colin is an old school pen & paper D&D player who has been dungeon crawling for over 30 years. He first programmed on the ZX80 and started making games as a profession in 1994 with Mindscape by bringing Warhammer fantasy battles to the PlayStation.

Colin enjoys exploring ways of innovating with gameplay and technology.

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Kristina Taylor

Head of Marketing

Kristina has been marketing games across console, online and mobile platforms for almost 10 years with companies including EA, LeapFrog and Big Fish. With over 15 mobile titles under her belt, she brings a strong background of product marketing, brand, analytics and UA to the team.

When she is not trying to top the leaderboards in the latest casual games, Kristina is an avid globetrotter- she has lived in 5 countries and speaks 5 languages.

Tony Chargois

Designer

Tony has been making games professionally for 10 years, with time at Page 44, Zynga and Perfect World, but has been designing rules for games since the early 80's when he and his sister created their own live action ninja game of recovering treasures from the evil overlords (AKA moms and pops).

Tony has a passion for watching/playing sports, and in his heart believes he can still dunk a basketball and beat anyone in a race.

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David Patch

Art Lead

David Patch is an industry veteran with over 20  years experience, directing titles like Sims 2, Sim City 4, Lego Island, Tron Evolution, Empires and Allies, and many more.

Jeff Amiel

Software Engineer

After 15 years of designing and developing scalable and secure systems and databases for the financial services world, Jeff then jumped with both feet to apply his experience to the game industry.  Starting with small studio work, he landed at SEGA where he worked on multi-platform game titles as a full-stack engineer.

Jeff claims to have the world’s largest Slinky toy collection.

Elliot Picarello  3D Modeler  Elliot grew up in Westport, Connecticut where his passion for art and games drove him to move to California. Upon graduating art school in 2014, he hit the ground running at Blizzard Entertainment working on World of Warcraft. After a year of freelancing, an email from Chi meant he finally left his house and started working for Magic Fuel Games.  Elliot was the blue Power Ranger for Halloween six years in a row.

Elliot Picarello

3D Modeler

Elliot grew up in Westport, Connecticut where his passion for art and games drove him to move to California. Upon graduating art school in 2014, he hit the ground running at Blizzard Entertainment working on World of Warcraft. After a year of freelancing, an email from Chi meant he finally left his house and started working for Magic Fuel Games.

Elliot was the blue Power Ranger for Halloween six years in a row.

Hamza Hutchinson

Software Engineer

Fifth-grade child Hamza decided that he wanted to make games and a couple of decades on adult Hamza is making that kid proud. Hamza has a passion for problem-solving both as a game player and a creator.

When he’s not typing on a keyboard, you can find him in a book or on a bike, hike or rock wall…and sometimes a slack line.

Chris Stewart

Software Engineer

At the age of 11 Chris decided he wanted to work in the Video Game Industry. In 2007 that dream became a reality and he's been doing it since. 

His hobbies are beer and parenting (not at the same time).

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Stephen Yoshizawa

Product Manager

Stephen has been fascinated with video games ever since he got his first GameBoy.  After graduating from Cal, he joined Aeria Games as a Producer where he managed LiveOps on a top-grossing title and launched a new game.

Stephen loves to play and watch basketball.  His loyalty remains with the Lakers, but he thinks the Warriors are fun to watch.

Chris Sanchez

Concept Artist

Chris grew up playing video games with his dad on a Sega Genesis.  He decided in college to put his excitement for games and art together and pursued a career in Concept Art.  After various small projects and an internship at Kabam, he is excited to continue his journey at Magic Fuel Games.

Chris loves watching late night Twitch streams, from horror games to Hearthstone.

Andrew Gee

Devops

At the age of 12, Andrew created his first game using Warcraft 3’s map editor. He went on to graduate with a degree in Computer Science: Computer Game Design. He started his career as a QA analyst and has grown into the role of a Devops Engineer while at Magic Fuel Games.

Andrew is a big fan of indie games and loves talking about interesting game mechanics. He spends a lot of his time playing coop/competitive games with his friends.

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Mitchell Vizensky

UX/UI Designer

Mitchell is an avid retro video game and toy collector who has been working in the gaming industry for 7+ years. After graduating art school in Milwaukee WI, he began his career as a production artist doing prototypes in Flash with action script 2.0 for Facebook games; he eventually worked his way up to an Art Director position. As Art Director he realized that the problem solving challenges on the UX side of game production were his passion, so he decided to pivot his career to focus solely on creating better user experiences. He now uses user design principles and empathy for the user to ensure that all the games he works on are intuitive and delightful.

Mitchell is an avid retro toy and video game collector. He enjoys wood working, and rock climbing in his spare time.

Gina Chen

UI Artist

Gina has always dreamt of becoming a part of a game production team. Her dream came true when she first worked as a game artist after completing her art degree. She found her passion in UI design and is excited to use her UI design skills to make great games for people to enjoy.

Gina is a big fan of anime. She is fascinated by train travel.

Zach Zampetti

Designer

Zach fell in love with gaming after playing Link’s Awakening on his Gameboy. That love of gaming grew to a passion for game design. He has been making games professionally for over six years, with time at Zynga and GSN Games.

Zach is a big fan of hockey both playing and watching. He thinks hockey has the best game design of any sport.

Jawad Ahmed

Software Engineer

Knowing that making games was his chosen path in life, Jawad began his time in the industry at EA, straight out of University, in 2004.  Spanning a career for over 12 years, he has 9 shipped titles across 4 studios in 2 countries.

Jawad enjoys sampling the food delights, especially ice cream of any area he visits.

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Tim Day

Software Engineer

Tim has pursued game development from a variety of directions. From mods for games like Age of Mythology and Counter Strike, mobile games at his own company, to teaching game development at Drexel University. With a background in Computer Science and Digital Media, he’s excited to continue his journey at Magic Fuel Games.

Tim enjoys tinkering with his 3D printer and collecting board games.

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Hoi Pham

Software Engineer

Hoi has been in the industry for over 5 years. He got his start at Dreamkind where he developed apps for brands such as Disney, the NFL, and the American Red Cross.

When he’s not losing money trading stocks or catching up on the latest news, Hoi enjoys watching anime and playing video games.

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Ryan Malloy

QA Analyst

Ryan honed his craft in the education technology industry as a content creator, editor, and user experience tester. Magic Fuel Games has given him the opportunity to combine his attention to detail with his lifelong passion for video games.

Ryan spends his free time rock climbing with his wife and corgi.

Wanli Zhou

Assistant Producer

Wanli's passion for linguistics and games emerged almost at the same time during elementary school. Since then, she has pursued the language track of her English undergrad in Shanghai and her translation master’s in Middlebury Institute. After years of exploration within the language aspect of games (game localization, marketing, etc.), she finally landed in a career with a combination of both linguistic accuracy and a gaming excitement at Magic Fuel Games.

Switching RPG games into English has been one of the best ways for Wanli to learn the language, and she is excited to adopt the same approach for her French and Japanese journey.

Alex Pochmara

QA Analyst

Alex first fell in love with games back in pre-school where he hogged the class NES to play as much Balloon Fight as a child could handle. Since then it has always been his goal to join the industry and help make experiences that will mean as much to people as his favorite games meant to him. After graduating from college he secured an internship at MFG which has turned into his first full time position in the industry.

Outside of work Alex reads voraciously, runs with the grace and speed of a newborn giraffe, hikes until the sun sets, and cooks as many egg-based dishes as he can find. When it comes to games he's obsessed with The Math behind JRPG battle systems.