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Game firm exec fuses art and technology

Game firm exec fuses art and technology

The gig: Mike Verdu was chief executive of TapZen, a start-up making games for smartphones and tablets, when Kabam Inc., a much larger gaming company, bought it in January. Now he's Kabam's chief creative officer and senior vice president for studios.

From his office near Culver City, Verdu, 50, drives ideas for games and assists with the San Francisco company's outreach to Hollywood and game developers. As gaming has evolved from computers to consoles to the Web to mobile, Verdu has been through it all. But it wasn't the career he'd expected.

Most people his age were taught to find a good job and stick with their employer. Verdu took a less traveled...

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