San Francisco (May 2, 2019) - Kongregate, a leading publisher of mobile, PC, console, and web games, today announced that CEO and co-founder Emily Greer is leaving the company to pursue a new gaming venture with the potential backing of current Kongregate parent company MTG. Emily co-founded Kongregate with her brother Jim Greer in 2006, working initially as COO, until she assumed the CEO position in 2014. Pany Haritatos, Kongregate's current COO, will serve as interim CEO.
"Jim and I founded the company with the goal of helping small and independent game developers become successful, to help them find an audience, and compete in a crowded and complex gaming marketplace," said Emily. "I could not be more proud of our accomplishments, the Kongregate team, and the culture we've built. Kongregate is smart, caring, resilient, and committed to respecting our players, developers and each other. I am also grateful to MTG for their investment in Kongregate, which has helped fuel our new initiatives and growth since our acquisition."
"We would like to thank Emily for all she has done for Kongregate, and we wish her the very best,'' said Jorgen Madsen Lindemann, CEO and President of Kongregate's parent company MTG. "She is a true industry icon and thought leader, and we are proud and thankful for having had the opportunity to work with her at Kongregate. We are also excited about the potential to continue our partnership, as MTG is exploring backing her new venture through the MTG gaming VC fund."
Since launching in 2006, Kongregate.com has become a go-to destination for tens of millions of players worldwide with a game catalog of more than 100,000 titles. In 2012, Kongregate expanded into mobile game publishing, amassing over 200 million mobile app installs. Top mobile titles include Animation Throwdown (Synapse Games), AdVenture Capitalist and AdVenture Communist (Hyper Hippo Games), Pocket Politics (Ultrabit), and Bit Heroes (Juppiomenz Games). The company acquired Ultrabit in 2016 and Synapse Games in 2017, marking its entry into first-party mobile game development. In 2018, Kongregate launched Kartridge, its new PC gaming platform, which is currently in open beta. Kongregate was acquired by MTG in 2017.
Pany Haritatos, Kongregate COO, will be taking over as CEO on an interim basis following Emily's departure. Haritatos first served as vice president of publishing when Kongregate expanded into mobile games in 2012. He then rejoined as COO in 2016 following its acquisition of Ultrabit. "It is my intention to continue Kongregate's growth and focus, and to build upon the strong culture Emily has created here," said Haritatos. "I am very excited to help lead and develop Kongregate's future."
Emily's future venture, while undisclosed, will be in the gaming space. "I love building things," added Greer, "and I'm excited to get back into a start-up mentality. I have so much confidence in the team, and know that Kongregate is in great hands with Pany's leadership and MTG's continued support. Plus, there's an awesome line-up of upcoming games while our existing titles like Animation Throwdown still continue to grow."
MTG is in discussions to invest in Emily's new venture through their VC fund backing gaming start-ups.