about_us

 

 

 

ABOUT US

 

Zen Studios is a global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for all leading digital game platforms, and is recognized as one of the leading independent studios in the industry. The company is headquartered in Budapest, Hungary with offices in North America.

 

Zen Studios has worked with some of the largest intellectual properties in the videogame industry, including Capcom’s Street Fighter, PopCap Games’ Plants vs. Zombies, Marvel Entertainment and Lucas Arts. Zen’s Pinball FX2 franchise on Xbox LIVE® Arcade is one of the most popular titles on the platform, has garnered numerous awards, and was named the best selling game of 2011.

 

 

Media Contact
Steven Hopper
steven@zenstudios.com

 

 

ZSOLT KIGYOSSY
Managing Director

 

  Zsolt is the driving force behind Zen Studios. Before moving into videogames, he worked extensively in the pharmaceutical industry as the general manager of Norway’s Alpharma and financial manager for The Dow Chemical Company in Central Europe, then set up and managed multimedia companies in the early 2000’s.

 

He holds a mechanical engineering BSc and an Economics MSc, and spends his spare time adventure traveling and collecting classic pinball tables.

 

 

MEL KIRK
Vice President of Publishing

 

  With over eight years of marketing, public relations and business development experience in the interactive entertainment and technology industries, Mel has amassed over 60 project credits covering all major gaming platforms. Project credits include Pinball FX2, Zen Pinball, Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero II, Jackass: The Game, Star Trek Online, and PhysX by Ageia. Kirk has a solid history of building brands and selling product. Mel joined Zen Studios as Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Zen Studios in the summer of 2010.

 

When not working he can be found on the ski slopes of the Sierra Nevada’s, lounging on a beach, or playing Mario Kart with his daughters.

 

 

VIKTOR GYÖREI
Head of Studio

 

  Viktor is an industry veteran with more than 17 years of experience working in the video games space, having worked for companies such as Digital Reality, Philos and Eidos in various roles. Viktor joined Zen Studios in 2010, and in addition to managing the studio’s office space and development team, oversees the company’s pinball division, including the Zen Pinball and Pinball FX franchises.

 

Viktor loves spending time with his family and hiking with his two boys in the country, playing tennis, reading up on astronomy and theoretical physics, and of course, playing all types of video games.

 

 

TAMÁS BALOG
Head of Studio

 

  Tamas is a longtime fan of video games and a development pro, having programmed his first game on a Commodore Plus/4 computer at the age of 8. Tamas also published his first game review for a self-made school magazine at age 12, and also worked as a games journalist while attending university prior to beginning his career in game development. Tamas joined Zen Studios 7 years ago, producing titles like Ghostbusters: The Video Game on Nintendo DS, Planet Minigolf, KickBeat, and CastleStorm as project manager/lead developer. Today, Tamas is responsible for all non-pinball releases at Zen Studios.

 

Tamas continues to be a huge fan of gaming, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the industry and every notable game from the past 30 years. Additionally, Tamas is a huge fan of pixel-art, and is a fan of games across all platforms and genres. He’d play them all if he only had the time!

 

 

BOBBY LOERTSCHER
Community Manager

 

  Bobby loves video games, snowboarding and her cocker spaniel named Zoey. She graduated from Boise State University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature.

 

 

STEVEN HOPPER
Director of Communications

 

  A gaming industry vet for well over the past decade, Steven started his career in gaming as a journalist, generating content for sites like IGN and GameZone before transitioning into Public Relations for companies like Reverb Communications, Kabam, and Game Insight. A huge gamer, Steven spends what little free time he has playing video games, hanging out with his pups, and howling at the moon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Responses to about_us

  1. Robert Cooper says:

    Your pinball games look fantastic! They bring the tables to life like NO other software has ever done. Terrible, terrible shame you have left all of us PC gamers out in the cold! You have every other platform available, how about us? I’m sure there is a market for it, just take a look at how many of us are using emulators that can’t even come close to your games, just google pinball editor/emulation and you will find us. Thank you for your time, much appreciated.

    Bob Cooper

    • ShoryukenToTheChin says:

      Dude Pinball FX2 will be coming to PC later this year for Windows 8 I believe in the Fall. Soon Zen will have us covered from all angles… there will be no excuse not to be playing Pinball ;)

  2. Steve Jarvis says:

    Dear Zen Studios.

    Thank you for such a quality Playstation 3 pinball game and with plenty of tables to add to the collection, it’s great! I’ve been gaming for hmmm, 33 years now and I’ve played a LOT of digital pinball games in my time from the classic Pinball Dreams, Fantasies and Illusions on my Amiga CD32 to Flipnic on the Playstation 2 but this has to be the best I’ve seen and played so far! Well done Zen!

    Ok, my main reason for contacting you is regarding some issues with Zen Pinball on the Playstation 3 store and it’s still the same today.
    Please enter the Playstation 3 store and choose All Games, then PS3 Games and look under W/Z and you’ll see only the Free Zen 2 plus only the Avengers Chronicles pack.
    Now look in All Games, PS3 Add Ons under W/Z and you’ll find Zen Pinball and Zen Pinball 2 but absolutely nothing in both folders.
    Lastly, look in All Games and choose Arcade!! Zen Pinball is again empty but everything with all the add ons can be found in the Zen Pinball 2 folder, it’s all here but nowhere else.
    If people are having trouble importing to Zen 2, tell them to access the store and manually download them or type it in using the store search box.
    My final issue for you is to go on the store and do a manual search and type in Zen Pinball 2: Captain America or just Captain America and if you look down the list, you have the Captain America table on there twice!!
    One is showing as Captain America (Unlock) plus the other is showing as Captain America Table (Game Pack) BUT the problem you have is the (Unlock) version is at £2.39 and the (Game Pack) version is only £1.59!! If you use the Buy Now while on Zen Pinball 2, it’s the £2.39 price. Hope this saves you a few £££’s!
    Kind regards Steve.

    • BarbieBobomb says:

      Hey Steve! Thanks for contacting us! Can you email me (bobby at zen studios dot com), I would like to know more about these issues!

  3. Steven says:

    Cool to present your team here, but where are the developers?

  4. Saylesh says:

    Hello

    I was just wondering when/if CastleStorm will be released on IOS?

    Thanks =]

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