DAVID RICE NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF CBS INTERACTIVE GAMES
Digital Media Vet to Oversee GameSpot, Giant Bomb, GameFAQs and eSports Initiatives
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 23, 2012 – David Rice has been appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBS Interactive Games, it was announced today by Jim Lanzone, President of CBS Interactive.
Rice, who started on Oct. 22, will oversee all operations for the company’s games portfolio, including the GameSpot, Giant Bomb and GameFAQs brands; eSports initiatives; and the GameSpot video network, whose partners include Major League Gaming, Twitch TV, Own3d and more. He joins CBS Interactive from Yahoo!, where he served as a vice president responsible for the company’s global media properties and platforms, including Yahoo! News, Finance, Sports, Movies, TV, Games and more.
“David is an industry veteran who has consistently worked at the intersection of digital media and next-generation engagement platforms, and we’re thrilled to have him lead our strong portfolio of game brands,” Lanzone said. “He brings significant expertise and vision in product strategy, content development and platform innovation that will help us develop new user experiences as we continue to reach new audiences.”
At Yahoo!, Rice oversaw the development of the company’s global media properties, platforms and advertiser experiences. In addition to Yahoo!, Rice has held a number of leadership positions at MetaCafe and Microsoft. At Microsoft, Rice led the development of leading communications services Hotmail and MSN Messenger.
“I love working with passionate audiences, and no group is more dedicated than gamers,” Rice said. “CBS Interactive has the industry’s best gaming brands, and I look forward to creating new experiences – especially in the areas of video and mobile.”
CBS Interactive’s leading game brands deliver highly immersive experiences for more than 25 million gamers every month, including:
· GameSpot, the definitive source for gamers on the hunt for the hottest games, latest news and more;
· Giant Bomb, offering the world’s largest database of video games online;
· GameFAQs, a massive online community for gamers, featuring FAQs, cheat sheets, game guides and more; and
· Comic Vine, the ultimate destination for people who love comics.
A resident of San Francisco, Rice earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Japanese from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
About CBS Interactive
CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation, is the premier online content network for information and entertainment. With more than 250 million people visiting its properties each month, it is a top 10 Web property globally and a top 5 Web property in the U.S. in terms of unique video viewers. Its portfolio of leading brands, which include CNET, CBS.com, CBSNews.com, CBSSports.com, GameSpot, TV.com and Last.fm, span popular categories like technology, entertainment, sports, news and gaming.
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