Zen Studios is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for all major digital game platforms. Recognized as one of the premier independent gaming studios in the world, Zen Studios has defined video game pinball excellence since 2007 with its Pinball FX franchise, and has gone on to publish acclaimed titles such as Operencia: The Stolen Sun (Metacritic 83), CastleStorm (Editor’s Choice awards from both the Apple App Store and Google Play) and more.

Zen has worked with some of the most iconic entertainment studios, including Lucasfilm, Marvel, NBC Universal, FOX Digital Entertainment and South Park Studios, as well as revered gaming properties like Valve’s Portal, Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, and Bethesda Studios’ Fallout, Skyrim and DOOM.

Media Contact
Desiree Marsh
Phone: (209) 813-3091

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 twelve 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, and currently serves as Vice President of Publishing, overseeing business development, licensing and publishing operations.

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!