The Web3 industry has been securing more and more high-tier talent from institutional media and entertainment. In this instance, Polygon Studios, the Venture branch of the blockchain protocol, Polygon, has secured top-tier talent.
The new hires join Polygon Studio’s recently appointed CEO, Ryan Wyatt, who previously headed YouTube’s Gaming vertical before migrating to the Web3 industry. Polygon Studios’ new hires include C-level executives Michael Blank as Chief Operating Officer and Young Ko as Chief Financial Officer.
Michael Blank – having spent nearly 20 years at Electronic Arts as a leading game developer and publisher, was also Senior VP of Player Network. Boasting several roles in senior leadership in EA, Blank brings a wealth of mainstream game knowledge to Polygon Studios.
Young Ko, meanwhile, has provided 16 years’ worth of financial and entrepreneurial expertise for industry horizontals from Entertainment, music, to real estate. Over the last 9 years, Ko has also worked as VP of Finance at Penske Media, which included serving brands like Rolling Stone, Variety, SXSW and more.
Along with Ko and Blank, Polygon Studios has also welcomed Urvit Goel – Amazon veteran, with experience leading financial, marketing and business teams, and securing strategic partnerships with global-sized game companies. Goel joins as Polygon Studios’ VP of Gaming Business Development.
As the new VP of Game Design – Charnjit Bansi brings over 20 years of intimate knowledge of AAA Web2 game leadership and development, all from world-class game developers including Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, and Mythical Games, more recently.
Lastly, the new Senior Director of Strategy, Gaming is the gaming veteran – Ben Watley and ex-NASA software engineer and strategist for Riot Games – Will Matteson, who joins Polygon Studios as Corporate Strategy Manager.
Ryan Wyatt, CEO of Polygon Studios, said, “We’re thrilled to be attracting such high-calibre talent as we build out the dream team of Web3. The combined expertise and perspectives from both the traditional and blockchain industries will be invaluable in growing the developer ecosystem and bridging the gap between Web2 and Web3.”
This onboarding of this new group of high-tier staff comes after Polygon’s highly successful $450 million funding round, which saw support and investments from the likes of Makers Fund, Scopley, Animoca Brands and Galaxy Interactive.