Maria Sayans, CEO at ustwo games, has been helping games companies succeed in the digital space, build great brands, launch games and engage players for nearly two decades. She spent 14 years at EA building the online functions and on marketing leadership roles for franchises like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Dead Space, Star Wars, Mirror’s Edge and Battlefield. In 2015 she joined CCP Games, the Icelandic developer of EVE Online, as their Chief Customer Officer. At ustwo games she has been helping the company evolve beyond their Monument Valley heritage. They recently launched Assemble with Care on Apple Arcade to fantastic reception (4.8 stars on the App Store) and are working on unannounced projects.
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