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Greg Canessa

Game Credits

Business

Activision Anthology (2012)   (VP, Mobile)
Eets: Chowdown (2007)   (Group Manager)
Jetpac Refuelled (2007)   (Group Manager)
Worms (2007)   (Group Manager)
Assault Heroes (2006)   (Group Manager)
Cloning Clyde (2006)   (Group Manager)
Lumines Live! (2006)   (Group Manager)
Sneak King (2006)   (Group Manager)
Texas Hold 'em (2006)   (Group Manager)
TotemBall (2006)   (Group Manager)
Uno (2006)   (Group Manager)
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved (2005)   (Group Manager)
Hardwood Backgammon (2005)   (Group Manager)
Hardwood Hearts (2005)   (Group Manager)
Hardwood Spades (2005)   (Group Manager)
Heavy Weapon Deluxe (2005)   (Group Manager)
AstroPop Deluxe (2004)   (Group Manager)
Jewel Quest (2004)   (Group Manager)
Alien Hominid (2004)   (Group Manager)
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)   (Group Manager)
Contra (1987)   (Group Manager)
Gyruss (1983)   (Group Manager)
Dig Dug (1982)   (Group Manager)
Time Pilot (1982)   (Group Manager)
Galaga (1981)   (Group Manager)
Ms. Pac-Man (1981)   (Group Manager)
New Rally-X (1981)   (Group Manager)
Pac-Man (1980)   (Group Manager)
 

Production

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010)   (Project Director)
Peggle: Dual Shot (2009)   (Vice President of Video Game Platforms)
Aegis Wing (2007)   (Group Manager)
Marble Blast Ultra (2006)   (Group Manager)
Feeding Frenzy (2004)   (Group Manager)
The Ultimate DOOM (1995)   (Group Manager)
 

Programming/Engineering

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (2010)   (Project Director)
 

Quality Assurance

PopCap Arcade Vol 1 (2007)   (Xbox Live Arcade Team)
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995)   (Group Manager)
 

Localization

Wik & the Fable of Souls (2004)   (Group Manager)
 

Marketing

JumpStart Adventures: 6th Grade - Mission: Earthquest (1998)   (Brand Marketing Manager)
JumpStart Music (1998)   (Brand Marketing Manager)
JumpStart Spelling (1998)   (Brand Marketing Manager)
JumpStart Typing (1997)   (Product Marketing Manager)
 

Creative Services

Catan (2007)   (Group Manager)
 

Thanks

Diablo III (2012)   (Special Thanks)
Uno (2006)   (Special Thanks)
Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved (2005)   (With special thanks to)
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (2001)   (Special Thanks To)
 

Other

Lost Treasures of Infocom (2012)   (VP, Mobile)
PopCap Arcade Vol 1 (2007)   (VP, Video Game Platforms)
PopCap Hits! Vol 1 (2007)   (VP, Video Game Platforms)
Rush'n Attack (1985)   (Group Manager)
 


Developer Biography

In May 2009 Blizzard confirmed that Greg Canessa had joined the company to work on the new version of its gaming service Battle.net. Prior to that, Greg Canessa was Vice President, video game platforms, at PopCap Games, since February 2007. Previously, he was General Manager of Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade service, where he worked for 7 years. Prior to his tenure at Microsoft, Mr. Canessa was VP of Online Marketing at Idealab, an incubator of early-stage technology firms. Previously, he served as a senior marketing executive at Vivendi Games for most of the 1990s, after beginning his professional career at Apple Computer as a games marketer and evangelist.

Last updated: May 30, 2009