Matt Casamassina, who’s been an editor at IGN for the last 13 years, announced on his blog last week that he has been hired as Apple’s global editorial games manager. He starts in the new position in three weeks.
What this means isn’t completely clear yet. “In a nutshell,” he writes, “I will be leading the charge for games on the App Store, so whether you browse through iTunes, iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, the games content you see will be handpicked and organized by me and my team.”
It seems that his team will be in charge of selecting games in the App Store where the “New and Noteworthy,” “What’s Hot,” and “What We’re Playing” categories are currently in place. Whether these categories will remain or will be replaced by something of Casamassina’s team’s choosing remains to be seen.
Casamassina worked on IGN’s Nintendo team for most of his career, starting at the company in 1997, during the days of the Nintendo 64. His last day at IGN was Friday.