Eugene is currently the CEO and co-founder of gopop.tv, a start-up creating a new social experience around the passionate audience globally for TV, movies and online video. Eugene is a pioneer of the interactive entertainment industry and is best known as an entrepreneur in several start-ups and leadership roles in large gaming and media companies including EA and Viacom. Eugene has extensive global experience having held roles in strategy, business, marketing and product development on almost every entertainment platform throughout his career. He is frequently asked to speak on the future of interactive entertainment.
Eugene was previously VP and GM at Electronic Arts, with full operational responsibility for Mythic, an EA studio in Fairfax, VA. In this capacity he successfully pivoted the studio from developing PC subscription MMOs to free-to-play mobile, resulting in the recently announced Ultima Forever, a multiplayer RPG for the tablets. He was also responsible for the operation of three pioneering live MMOs: Ultima Online, Dark Age of Camelot and Warhammer Online.
Mythic was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2006. At Mythic Eugene was part of the senior exec team as the VP of Marketing and Business Development, and was responsible for all aspects of the company's marketing, PR and communications. Eugene also executed a number of international strategic partnerships including relationships with Vivendi Universal and France Telecom.
Prior to Mythic, Eugene operated his own consulting and independent production company, Infinite Ventures. The company consulted with several gaming start-ups including Zipper Interactive (acquired by Sony in 2006) and Mythic Entertainment. He advised the senior management of these companies on strategy, established key business relationships on their behalf, and executed marketing and PR. The company also acquired the rights to a number of pioneering properties including the award winning Shadowgate and Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, leveraging those properties to define new gaming markets including creating one of the first interactive DVD games.
Over the course of the remainder of his career, Eugene has filled both business development and technical roles for a number of companies recognized as pioneers in the evolving market for games both in the USA and UK.