YoYo’s new CTO is former DMA employee Russell Kay

on March 10, 2010 - 5187 Views

YoYo Games have revealed the identity of their new Chief Technology Officer as former DMA employee and programmer of the original PC lemmings game Russell Kay.

By sheer coincidence I was reading about the history of Lemmings just a few days ago (is a good read). Russell was responsible for the game concept and name of the iconic game which was ported to many platforms and is estimated to have sold over 15 million copies.

DMA (which since a takeover is now known as as Rockstar North) will perhaps be better known to younger readers as the creators of the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Russell went on to found Visual Science Ltd who were responsible for the PlayStation version of the game.

If you are interested here is an interview with Russell Kay albeit a few years old.  I think this development is the most exciting to happen at YoYo Games for a long time – possibly ever – as it demonstrates that they are serious about substantially developing the Game Maker brand.

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7 Responses to YoYo’s new CTO is former DMA employee Russell Kay

  1. […] also posted the first YoYo Games staff photo of Russell Kay, Sandy Duncan, herself and Mike Dailly (l-r in the photo below). Click to […]

  2. Brooklyn Evans says:

    Grand Theft Auto is so damn addicting game. I play 8 hours a day of GTA.”*

  3. […] YoYo Games have done another interview with GMIndie.  If you want your voice to be heard on the future of Game Maker it seems to be the place to be.  To be fair Landon Podbielski did a good job asking questions of Mike Dailly and Russell Kay. […]

  4. […] started to hire own staff, Russell Kay and Mike […]

  5. […] Former DMA employee Mike Dailly joined YoYo Games in March taking on the role of Head of Development reuniting with his former boss for almost 10 years Russell Kay. […]

  6. GTA 1 has a special place in my heart – one of the first games I ever played with hardware acceleration (courtesy of my VooDoo2 add-on card). Hope Russell makes a great addition to the YYG team.

  7. Mordi says:

    Nice fun-fact. DMA made some great games back in the day.

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