The Solana-based NFT platform Magic Eden has hired its first Chief Gaming Officer.
Chris Akhavan joins Magic Eden from Forte, a blockchain-based gaming firm that raised $725 million in Series B funding in 2021. Akhavan served as the firm's Chief Business Officer, in addition to working as the Chief Revenue Officer at the mobile gaming firm Glu Mobile — which was acquired by the video game development firm Electronic Arts in 2021 for $2.1 billion.
At Magic Eden, Akhavan will drive growth of the platform's gaming partnerships and support game development, creator and collector experiences.
"I think you're gonna see a lot coming soon from us that that really hits on that core concept of adding value to the collector's experience and gamer's experience, and giving people a reason to eventually come to Magic Eden every single day — not just thinking of it as a transactional place, but as a hub for discovering great web3 content," Akhavan said in an interview with The Block.
Magic Eden added support for the Polygon Network on Nov. 22, 2022, a move that allows the platform to get in on the burgeoning gaming niche emerging on the blockchain, The Block previously reported.
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