SGN Games Inc. is a Los Angeles-based mobile gaming platform with global reach.
Created in 2010 by former MySpace cofounders Chris DeWolfe and Aber Whitcomb along with former Fox executive Josh Yguado, its games have been downloaded more than 800 million times and are regularly played each month by nearly 50 million people, half of whom live outside the United States.
The maker of Cookie Jam, Panda Pop, Juice Jam, Genies & Gems and the Book of Life: Sugar Smash, SGN’s 400-person team is the creative force behind more than a dozen top grossing titles on Apple, Google and Amazon’s app stores. In 2014, its hit game, Cookie Jam, won Facebook’s “Game of the Year” award.
In addition to its portfolio of puzzle games, SGN’s TinyCo–its third acquisition since receiving a $130 million investment from South Korea’s Netmarble Games in 2015–is the creator of two immersive simulation games based on globally recognizable entertainment brands: Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff and Marvel Avengers Academy.
In addition to its Los Angeles headquarters, SGN has studios in Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego and Buenos Aires.
Chris DeWolfe is co-founder and CEO of SGN Games, a Los Angeles-based mobile gaming platform he launched in 2010. Under his leadership, SGN’s players and revenues have grown by more than 1000 percent since 2013.
As co-founder and former CEO of MySpace, Chris popularized social networking and revolutionized the music industry. The site, formed in 2004, became the most visited in the U.S. by 2006 with 90 million members. By the time he left the company in 2009, MySpace had more than 130 million monthly active users around the world.
Chris received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2015 and the Producers Guild of America’s Vanguard award in 2009. TIME included him among its 2006 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Barbara Walters named him one of her 10 Most Fascinating People in 2007.
He studied finance at the University of Washington and attended the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, which honored him in 2006 with its Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year award.
An advisor at USC’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and a board member of Woven Digital, he lives in Los Angeles with his family and actively participates in animal rescue operations.
Josh Yguado is co-founder, COO and President of SGN Games, where he’s overseen the mobile game developer’s exponential growth and global expansion.
During his time leading the company with co-founders Chris DeWolfe and Aber Whitcomb, SGN’s gaming portfolio has repeatedly dominated the top grossing charts of Apple’s, Google’s and Amazon’s app stores.
Before launching SGN Games, Josh was Vice President at Fox Entertainment, where he worked at the intersection of Hollywood and technology. Among other work there, Josh helped Fox in its acquisition of MySpace, its creation of Hulu and its launch of new television networks.
His career also includes working at MTV Networks and Univision.
Among other honors, SoCalTech named Josh one of its top 50 most influential people in Southern California’s technology industry.
A board member of The Young Turks, he received his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Harvard University. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Aber Whitcomb is co-founder and CTO of SGN Games where he oversees the software architecture underlying its global gaming and analytics platform.
As co-founder and CTO of MySpace, Aber led that social network’s technical operations as it grew from 0 to more than 120 million users.
Named one of the “Top 25 CTOs” by InfoWorld in 2009 who managed one of the world’s largest data warehouses, Aber frequently speaks on the latest issues in large-scale computing, networking and storage.
Aber is an investor in SpaceX, an advisory board member at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and a co-founder of i/o Ventures, a San Francisco-based accelerator whose fund has focused on consumer-focused technology startups.
A graduate of the University of Washington who was born and raised in Bellingham, Aber spends his free time exploring machine learning, dabbling in astrophysics, and riding boards on snow, waves and wakes.
As Senior Vice President of Business Development at SGN, Michael Ritter oversees all distribution, partnerships, licensing, and monetization.
Prior to SGN, Ritter was Founder and Publisher of Saturday Night Magazine, which he built into the largest circulated monthly collegiate lifestyle and entertainment magazine in the country. Services included event marketing, promotions and consulting for clients such as Geico Insurance, US Army, Playboy, Chegg, Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Ritter serves on the Board of Advisors of Ritter Pharmaceuticals, which is in the process of FDA clinical trials to be the first approved drug to treat lactose intolerance. He graduated from the University of Southern California and also received his MBA from USC.
Start-up founder, social media pioneer, music manager, and master negotiator, Josh Brooks has a proven track record in the media and tech space. Brooks currently oversees all marketing and brand strategy for SGN. Prior to SGN, he raised $1.6M in venture capital to launch On The Run Tech and partnered with Selena Gomez to launch the popular app, Postcard on the Run.
Earlier in his career, Brooks created the first integrated marketing team at MySpace, responsible for $22M in branded advertising revenue in his first year. He also produced the first and largest live streaming event for MySpace, in cooperation with the U.S. Dept. of Defense, which resulted in 3.5M live streams from Camp Behring, Kuwait (a.k.a. Operation MySpace). From 2001-2005, he managed the critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated band, Queens of the Stone Age. Prior to managing the band, he was a founding member of Fanscape.com, which was acquired by Omnicom in 2010.
Brooks was a Socal Tech Top 50 Winner in 2013 and received the Silicon Beach Wavemaker Award in 2011. He received a BFA in Media Arts from University of Arizona, and currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.
Jill Wilson is the creative leader of SGN’s game development, managing the direction of the company’s industry-leading games portfolio from concept through lifecycle. As employee #3 (after founding partners), Wilson was one of the leaders of the company’s original expansion into developing its own games, and has helped grow its production team into the mobile-social leader it is today.
Dubbed, the ‘Queen of Fun,’ Wilson is widely regarded as a leading female executive in the mobile games industry, and is a frequent speaker at industry events. In 2015, the National Diversity Council named her one of the Top 50 Women in Tech.
Prior to SGN, Jill was responsible for creating and distributing some of the world’s best-selling board games for company, Imagination Games. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California, and was born and raised in New York City.
As SVP of Game Operations, Matthew Casertano is responsible for oversight of the Marketing, Product Management and Game Analytics divisions. Casertano played a critical role in the rapid growth of SGN’s cross platform game portfolio, which includes successful titles Bingo Blingo, Panda Jam, Panda Pop and Cookie Jam.
Prior to his work at SGN, Casertano worked for Citigroup’s Emerging Markets Credit Trading group as an Assistant Vice President, where he oversaw operational and market risk.
Casertano holds a Bachelor of Arts and Humanities in History from University of Maryland, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He graduated with honors with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. In addition to his love of all things video games, he enjoys music, sports, reading and history. He was born in New York, NY and raised in Ridgewood, NJ.
Matt Pillar is an accomplished executive with 25 years of experience building, funding, and advising businesses in the United States and across Asia. As SVP of Corporate Development, he oversees SGN’s strategic planning, fundraising, and new M&A initiatives, among other activities.
Pillar has served as Founder and Managing Director at Fire Dragon Enterprises, a global advisory firm, and Founder and Managing Partner at Catalytic Capital, a boutique private equity firm. He has held senior operating and advisory roles at STAR TV, Pacific Century Group, and Johnson & Johnson’s BabyCenter and led more than US$1 billion in a range of investments on behalf of Vulcan Ventures, Catalytic Capital, and The Walt Disney Company.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Pillar serves as Senior Fellow with The Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University where he teaches a graduate course on “Doing Business in China.” He received a BA with Honors in East Asian Studies from Brown University and MBA with Honors from Harvard University.