Zen Studios is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for all major digital game platforms, and is recognized as one of the premiere independent gaming studios in the world. Zen is an internationally renowned publisher headquartered in Budapest, Hungary with offices in the United States.

Zen Studios has worked with some of the largest brands in the world of entertainment, including Marvel Entertainment, South Park, and LucasArts, as well as revered gaming properties like Valve’s Portal and TellTale Games’ The Walking Dead. Zen Studios’ CastleStorm franchise has also won the developer critical acclaim and commercial success, including the coveted Editor’s Choice awards from both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Media Contact
STEVEN HOPPER
Director of Communications
Phone: (+1) 208 284 2937
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 ten years of marketing, public relations and business development experience in the interactive entertainment and technology industries, Mel has amassed over 70 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.