Bhaskar Roy Joins PlayPhone

Mobile social gaming company PlayPhone has added Bhaskar Roy as chief product officer. Roy joins from Skype, which he joined after his mobile video software and services company Qik was acquired. Based in San Francisco, Calif., PlayPhone is funded by Menlo Ventures, Cardinal Venture Capital, Coral Group, and Scale Venture Partners.


PlayPhone, Inc., a global leader in mobile social gaming, today announced that mobile product veteran Bhaskar Roy has joined the company as chief product officer. Roy will take primary responsibility for innovation and evolution on the platform underlying the renowned PlayPhone Social Gaming Network. His appointment is effective immediately.

“Bhaskar has a very distinguished track record with some of the tech industry’s most iconic and disruptive brands,” said Ron Czerny, founder and CEO of PlayPhone, Inc. “With proven leadership at companies like HP, Skype, Oracle and Microsoft – along with experience at successful startups like Qik and PlaceWare – we are confident Bhaskar will continue to extend PlayPhone’s leadership position in the mobile social gaming ecosystem.”

Prior to PlayPhone, Roy was co-founder and senior vice president of products at Qik, a provider of mobile video software and services. Following Qik’s acquisition by Skype (and Skype’s acquisition by Microsoft), Roy continued at the helm of Qik products and led the charge in bringing asynchronous communications and new mobile experiences to Skype’s core offering. Prior to Qik, Roy was senior product director for SMB products and director of product management for real-time communication at Oracle. And before Oracle, Roy led product management and channel marketing at PlaceWare, which is now a division of Microsoft Lync following an acquisition.

“PlayPhone’s social gaming network has already demonstrated outstanding traction in the marketplace as is evidenced by the recent Games Portal on Verizon announcement, and is on track to become the favored platform among global operators, developers and consumers alike,” said Roy. “I am very excited to help PlayPhone leverage its technology to open new strategic doors – and to helping the management team both fulfill its commitment to investors and deliver healthy new revenue streams to our collaborators.”

About PlayPhone, Inc.
PlayPhone(R) is a global leader in delivering mobile social gaming via smartphones and tablets through its cross-platform PlayPhone Social Gaming Network. With a presence in more than 25 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, PlayPhone’s mobile gaming platform provides developers with the ability to launch and monetize social games around the globe. The PlayPhone developers program includes support for all leading platforms: Android, iOS, Adobe AIR, HTML5, WP7, with full support for Unity. Based in San Francisco, Calif., PlayPhone is funded by top venture firms Menlo Ventures, Cardinal Venture Capital, Coral Group, and Scale Venture Partners.