• Ryan Wyatt, YouTube’s head of gaming, will depart and become CEO of Polygon Studios

  • “I am captivated by blockchain app development and am overjoyed to be entering the Web3 field,” Wyatt explains.

    Ryan Wyatt, YouTube’s head of gaming, announced his departure from the video-sharing platform in February on Tuesday. YouTube Gaming has over 250 million daily active users and hundreds of billions of watch time each year, thanks in part to his leadership. Wyatt explained his resignation by citing his interest in blockchain and Web3 development. He will shortly become the CEO of Polygon Studios.

    Polygon Studios is the gaming and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) arm of the layer-two Ethereum scaling network of the same name. Polygon (MATIC) is to invest $100 million in projects directed by its subsidiary studio, which launched in July of last year. The company’s goals are to promote decentralized gaming, attract blockchain aficionados to its NFT token ecosystem, and establish Polygon as a capable blockchain for the Web3 transition. Wyatt stated about his new role:

    “I’ll be working on expanding the developer ecosystem through investment, marketing, and developer support, as well as bridging the Web 2.0-to-Web 3.0 divide. I’ll be in charge of Polygon Studios’ operations in gaming, entertainment, fashion, news, sports, and other areas.”

    Wyatt described his first day at Google’s Mountain View, California headquarters in 2014 in his farewell statement. He also thanked CEO Susan Wojcicki and Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl for employing him eight years ago. Meanwhile, Wyatt was greeted warmly by Polygon Studios in his new post.

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