Esports Entertainment names Brackens as new CIO

17 May 2019

Esports Entertainment Group has appointed John Brackens, previously of Activision Blizzard, as its new chief information officer.

Brackens joins the online gambling operator having most recently served as operations director and treasurer of multi-media and technology company Rebus Technologies.

Prior to this, he had a spell with game development studio Sparkjumpers, where he was chief marketing officer and later chief operating officer.

Brackens also spent just over two years as network operations manager at video games developers Activision Blizzard, where he directed IT service management and hardware support for more than 4,500 servers and over 50 million monthly active players.

Prior to this he workedin the gambling sector as network operations manager for AsianLogic, and as IT operations manager at computer software provider QuestPoint. 

“Esports is going to be the leading source of entertainment in the next few years eclipsing many major traditional sports; I want to be a part of this movement,” Brackens said.

“I look forward to helping drive the growth of VIE.gg through cost-effective technologies that deliver value and innovation to players and fans alike, so that everyone can enjoy all of our services as intended.”

Esports Entertainment CEO Grant Johnson added: “John’s experience at the highest levels of information technology and network operations, especially within different licensing regimes, will be invaluable as the company embarks on its aggressive growth plans within the global esports industry.”

The appointment comes after Esports Entertainment in November also named Christopher Malone as its new chief financial officer.

Malone is the founding director of PrOasis, a professional consulting firm, where he has spent the past 26 years working in executive management, corporate finance, strategic planning and governance for Canadian small- to medium enterprises.

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