The former Atari video game industry veteran has joined medical video game company Level Ex.
Former Atari chief operating officer (COO) Todd Shallbetter has joined medical video game company Level Ex. The company creates video games for doctors and other medical professionals. They specialize in the mobile, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) games. Level Ex helps physicians keep up-to-date on the ever-changing healthcare field. As of this writing, their games are available on the iPad, iPhone, and Android.
Shallbetter will assume the position of Senior Vice President of Technology Partnerships. Previously, Shallbetter worked at Atari for 14 years as Head of Digital Strategy and Distribution and then as Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Atari, Shallbetter started his career in live entertainment. He had managed touring businesses for Tina Turner and the Harlem Globetrotters.
“With his broad relationships across the video games industry, Todd is exceedingly qualified to identify best-in-class game technologies and help Level Ex unleash them onto the field of medicine,” said Sam Glassenberg, founder and CEO of Level Ex. Glassenberg himself has previously worked on projects such as DirectX and has also helped create games based on popular movies, such as The Hunger Games and Mission: Impossible.
Glassenberg highlighted the company’s acquisition of talent in various fields. “Level Ex has consistently attracted top talent from the games industry across a range of disciplines: art, production, game design, and development. With Todd joining, that roster expands to include business and operations leadership,” he said. Level Ex has attracted talent from companies such as Electronic Arts, Activision, and Telltale Games.
Shallbetter joins Level Ex at a time of growth for the company.
As of this year, Level Ex has attracted $15 million in seed and Series A financing. Additionally, the company also plans to double its employees in 2019. The company has released three games: Airway Ex, Gastro Ex, and Pulm Ex. They also plan to release their fourth game, Cardio Ex, later in March 2019.
Shallbetter is excited about this new challenge. “I had been following Level Ex closely, so when the opportunity came up to work for them, it was a resounding yes,” he said. Additionally, he also noted the amount of talent the company has acquired over the past year. “The caliber of the team is incredible, with standout executives and game developers. They make fun video games to improve physician performance, turning entertainment into a credible tool for learning in ways nobody else has done before. I’m thrilled to push this important mission into new markets.”