Mario Rizzo – Founder & CEO, Artisan Studios
Mario is a 17-year veteran of the video game industry working as a game designer and executive producer on some of the top franchises in the industry (such as Star Wars, FIFA, Battlefield, and Warhammer). He has held senior management roles at Sony Interactive Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Inc., and Ubisoft Entertainment. He has also served as a volunteer instructor at the HEC Paris MBA school for entrepreneurship.
To date, Mario has managed 3 video game start-ups (in France, Germany, & Canada) that have raised over $30M USD from NA and EU investors to create independent video games and bring new IPs to the global market. In 2016, he co-founded the award-winning Artisan Studios, Inc. in Canada. A developer specializing in the creation of console / PC video games for the Japanese market. Their new title Super Neptunia RPG released this past June worldwide, winning a silver award from Famitsu, the largest media outlet in Japan.