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Wizards of the Coast hires gaming industry veteran James Ohlen to lead new studio

April 24, 2019

Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age lead designer to helm team in Austin

RENTON, WA – April 24, 2019 – Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc., today announced James Ohlen will open a new studio based in Austin, Texas. Ohlen, a 23-year games industry veteran whose credits include Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate 2 and Neverwinter Nights, all based on the Dungeons & Dragons universe, will lead the studio’s creative development of new IP.

“I didn’t think that I would be coming back to the game industry so soon but working with Wizards is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said James Ohlen. “Our mutual love of RPGs, world-building, and interactive storytelling is a perfect match.”

“We’re extremely excited to have someone like James join the team at such a critical time in Wizards’ evolution” said Chris Cocks, President of Wizards of the Coast. “James brings experience in creative direction and studio leadership that will prove important as we look to develop compelling new experiences that engage gamers all over the world.” 

Wizards of the Coast’s newest subsidiary will focus on the creation of original IP outside of the Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons’ brand.


About Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast brings people together through their shared love of games. Magic: The GatheringDungeons & Dragons, and other Wizards games are enjoyed by friends around the world, both at gaming tables and on digital platforms. We bring together world-class creators in game design, worldbuilding, fantasy art, and interactive events to create unforgettable moments.


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