30+ yrs digital entertainment inc. online & mobile games marketing, biz development & strategy at startups & large media co's inc. Electronic Arts & Viacom
I have extensive experience in digital entertainment including retail, online and mobile. I have held senior roles in marketing, strategy and business development with US, European and Asian experience.
Eugene delivered clear, concise, relevant, and actionable information. My call with him was very valuable.
Eugene was very helpful, giving me some excellent advice and insights to help execute my vision.
Excellent and very fruitful conversation with Eugene. He was able to analyze my idea and to re-articulate it in a way which creates more value for the different stake-holders. A great call!
Eugene is one of a very few game executives who understands both the art and science of rolling out a MMO globally, having done so twice (DAOC and Warhammer Online). Eugene shown in his ability to get results with alien cultures: with foreign licensees, of course, for one, and also from the boxed-game corporate cultures of Vivendi and EA, which had relatively little or no sympathy with the make-or-break service elements of a MMO. His thoroughly professional execution at Infinite on a multiple-title license and development project with me was, by comparison, a modest accomplishment to the MMO rollouts.
Eugene is a bright, thoughtful, positive, reasoned and reasonable pro. He's win-win oriented, knows when to say yes and when to say no. A comfortable team player as well as a reliable solo act. And as if that weren't enough...terrific sense of humor.
I have known Eugene for a long time. About 1980 he started working for us at Microdigital, an early computer store, on his Saturdays and holidays. He was in his mid teens then. Later I was a consultant to Bug Byte where he worked and then we worked together at Imagine. We have kept in touch ever since.
So Eugene has been steeped in the home computing industry and video gaming since the early days. To this vast experience you can add a sharp intelligence, the ability to work hard (whilst still having fun) and good social skills. But mostly you have to admire his ability to put all his effort behind measured risks, which has done him a great deal of good. If you are not making risks then you are not making anything.
The best way I can write a recommendation for Eugene is to list the adjectives that come to mind when I think about him after having worked with him for 4 years. They are as follows:
Personable, dedicated, caring, a team player, highly knowledgeable of the games industry, insightful, reliable, trustworthy; a co-worker that became a good friend.
Eugene is a true collaborator and mentor. He gets the best out of people, with an easy-going style that fills one with confidence. He is practical, responsible, good at figuring out the best way to get something done; he's a great strategist and problem-solver. He's a colleague and friend, to whom I turn to for advice and counsel. I recommend him highly!
I've known Eugene for over 15 years, and I have always been impressed by his intellect, honesty and integrity. He also has a keen ability to understand advanced technology and ascertain the commercial potential of various technologies. It was an honor to have worked with Eugene and I am proud to call him my friend.
Eugene worked as Business Consultant for Zipper Interactive for several years. His background in the video game industry is extensive including business, marketing, and product development. He was instrumental in helping Zipper in many business functions including finding & negotiating publisher deals. It was a pleasure working with Eugene.
I have known / worked with Eugene for many years & have found him to possess an unmatched level of expertise in the publishing, distribution & marketing of online games. He has a keen consumer understanding as well as a seasoned, innovative and disciplined approach to his work which has consistently produced terrific results. In addition to our more formal collaboration at Vivendi, and now at Electronic Arts, Eugene has been an invaluable sounding board for a myriad business opportunities/challenges over the years, consistently offering broad –based & thoughtful insights across any number of topics including business development, retail games publishing, team leadership/mentorship and emerging markets/categories.