Warner Bros. appoints head of digital gaming

Publisher creates new executive position to oversee online and downloadable endeavors, names Turbine, Rocksteady, Midway acquisition lead to post.

Last month, Warner Bros. showed its commitment to online gaming with the purchase of Turbine Entertainment, developer of Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons: Eberron Unlimited. Today, it made someone responsible for that commitment, as it appointed Jeff Junge to the newly created post of senior vice president of online games and digital games platforms for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.

Junge's impressive track record of acquisitions starts with Lego Star Wars developer Traveller's Tales.

Previously, Junge was the senior vice president of business management for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, a position in which he drove the company's strategy for mergers, acquisitions, and business partnerships. Junge led Warner Bros. purchases of Turbine, the bankrupt Midway Games, Rocksteady Studios, and Traveller's Tales parent TT Games (maker of the Lego Star Wars series), as well as the company's investment in the OnLive service.

In the new role, Junge will oversee Turbine and the ongoing integration of TT Games into Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. He will also be responsible for the company's entire digital games business, reporting jointly to WBIE president Martin Tremblay and WBDD president Thomas Gewecke.

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gbrading
gbrading moderator

Warner is gearing up for something big.

T-Sub96
T-Sub96

@ chikkkenbutt I've had it since last wednesday

uthboth
uthboth

I'm a lifetime member of LotRo and I'm wondering what this will mean for the game. Time will tell and here's to the best.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Hope they do good on Mortal Kombat 9.

scotwolf
scotwolf

sounds as though warner bros are building up a quality gaming division, some good companies, great games, super back catalogue. hope they keep on doing the right things and i am looking forward to arkham 2

ferrarimanf355
ferrarimanf355

If they finally put up digital downloads of the Midway back catalog on Xbox Game Room, great.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Something good better come out of this

funkymonkey4710
funkymonkey4710

Sweet I wonder if the next Mortal Kombat game will be ten times better because of this!

CassadyH
CassadyH

sounds like warner bro. is on its way up in the game industry. Thats a good thing EA, activision, ubi need more big competitors like this.

Dark_Arkitect
Dark_Arkitect

Ok now give us all the old school MK games on xbl/psn,maybe some of that old hydro thunder as well.

GeneralArrow
GeneralArrow

Anyone wana guess and think....*gasp*. Harry Potter MMO?....which would shake the very foundations of the earth.

Joker-and-Alice
Joker-and-Alice

lion222550 i agree. the first one was a rather big hit and that was inexpected by me anyway. i thought it was gonna be cheesy and boring but i freaking LOVED IT. they said the second one was gonna be much darker and even better. i love batman and the joker!! it WILL win game of the :p

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

Warner Bros. should buy Monolith and let 'em make F.3.A.R. Rocksteady, please make a new FPS

lion222550
lion222550

With all of these companies there buying, Batman Arkham Asylum 2 will be the game of the year when it comes out.

T-Sub96
T-Sub96

@ IkeadaTeramusa lol!

IkedaTeramusa
IkedaTeramusa

This article was very bland. A cliff notes version could read: "Big company bought a bunch of small companies. Some good games, some bad games in the mix. Ultimately, who knows whether games from any of these developers will be crap or not. See EA's buyouts. Or Activisions."