Austin, Texas – April 28, 2021 – Wildlife, one of the world’s largest mobile gaming companies, has announced the formation of its second independent studio, SuperWOW! Games. Led by industry powerhouse Lu Gigliotti, the studio will leverage a distributed development model with initial teams in Austin and Melbourne, benefiting from the support of Wildlife’s development and publishing platform. The news follows Wildlife’s recent announcement of its partnership with Ray Mazza and Mike Duke, which brought to life Never Forget Games.
Throughout his games career, Lu Gigliotti has led the development teams of major franchises, including Need for Speed No Limits, Real Racing 3, The Sims FreePlay, and Devil May Cry. He also acted as a driving force for success at companies like Rockstar Games, Electronic Arts, and Ninja Theory, across PC, console, and mobile devices. Prior to SuperWOW! Games, Lu served in several leadership roles, most recently as Vice President of Product Development at Kabam, and as Studio General Manager of EA in Australia.
“Our goal at SuperWOW! is to break the stereotypes around what gamers are or are not, removing the barriers of entry to gaming and allowing more people to participate,” said founder Lu Gigliotti. “Humans have an intrinsic need to play, it’s in our DNA. Partnering with Wildlife will accelerate our vision to make games that are fun for everyone, but at the same time with a deeper offering for skilled players”.
This addition puts Wildlife one step closer to its mission of being the go-to place for the most talented minds in the industry. The company provides creators with access to it’s publishing platform and takes away all the undifferentiated heavy lifting so that they can devote their energy to making successful games.
“We are excited to bring Lu onboard and help him realise his vision of making simple yet deep games to a broad audience,” said Victor Lazarte, CEO of Wildlife Studios. “When we bring together all these great talents under Wildlife, this community becomes much bigger than the sum of its parts. We want to create the environment in which the world’s best game makers come and do the best work in their lives”.
To learn more about Wildlife, including its newest executive additions, please visit wildlifestudios.com.
To learn more about SuperWOW! Games, please visit superwowgames.com
Founded by brothers Victor and Arthur Lazarte in 2011, the company announced a Series B in August 2020 at $3B. Institutional investors include Benchmark, Bessemer, and Vulcan Capital.
The company has over 900 employees in four countries around the world, and many positions available – especially in game design, engineering and growth.