When Nolan Bushnell founded Atari in 1972 he created an industry. And with it - the first blockbuster video game: Pong. Today, his design credo - games should be easy to learn and hard to master - inspires a new generation of developers.
A prolific entrepreneur and considered the Godfather of the Video Game, Nolan has started more than 20 companies, including Catalyst Technologies, the first Silicon Valley incubator, Etak, the first in-car navigation system, Atari, and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre. In the process, he pioneered many of the workplace innovations that have made Silicon Valley a magnet for creative talent and world-changing phenomena.
In 2009, the British Academy of Film and Television awarded Nolan with the prestigious Academy Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding achievement as a founder of the video games industry. A true icon of the digital revolution, Nolan was named one of Newsweek’s “50 People Who Changed America”, and was one of the first inductees to the Video Game Hall of Fame.
Zai Ortiz is a Hollywood creative director, 3D visionary, and now the President and Chief Creative Officer of X2 Games. His partnership with Nolan Bushnell follows his success with DarkMatter, a design and visual communication studio. A few of DarkMatter’s recent projects and clients include Bethesda’s massively popular game The Elder Scrolls - Legends, Hasbro, Warner Bros and Radical Studios.
Perhaps Ortiz’s most famous and recognizable work is his creation of the J.A.R.V.I.S. system holograms in Marvel’s Iron Man. The stylized hologram and accompanying UI have since become a visual hallmark of Marvel movies, and heavily influenced the designers of the next generation of UI.
Ortiz apprenticed directly with the developers of Alias Wavefront, the makers of Maya - Hollywood’s most widely used 3D modeling and animation suite. Zai’s ability to bridge artistic storytelling with technical innovations has defined his career. He has supervised teams of 50+ artists to deliver stunning visuals for films such as TRON: Legacy, Mission: Impossible, Thor, The Twilight Saga, and Sherlock Holmes. His work has exhilarated billions of viewers and has inspired a new generation of artists.
Ortiz’s creative virtuosity coupled with Nolan’s game mastery promises to give gamers around the world a cinematic experience unlike anything they’ve seen before. “We’re not here to just make games,” Ortiz says of the new company. “We’re here to envision the future - from both a visual and technological standpoint - and pave the way for others to follow.”
Ozan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Global Gaming team as a former investment banker with in-depth capital markets knowledge. He specializes in helping companies define their corporate strategy, then develop and execute corporate transactions to achieve their goals.
His diverse expertise in the technology and gaming industries with a focus on finance, has allowed Ozan to build compelling financial strategies for corporations. Throughout his career, Ozan has advised numerous private and public company leadership teams on M&A initiatives and he was the lead banker on more than 40 financings, where he became an expert at working with complex structures and financial analysis.
Ozan Pamir is also the CFO of X2 Games and previously he was the Vice President of Investment Banking at Echelon Partners, where he was in charge of origination mandates, focusing on small and mid-cap issuers. Ozan has an Economics and Finance degree from McGill University and is a CFA Charterholder.
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