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Building blocks: Worms publisher Team17 hires Minecraft man Chris van der Kuyl


What do you get if you cross a worm with a creeper? Chris van der Kuyl. He’s the new man Team 17 – the British publisher behind the Worms series – has just hired, having previously spent much of his time working on bringing Minecraft to consoles. Confusingly, he’s neither part worm, nor part creeper.

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He is now on the board of Team17, however, serving as non-executive Chairman. In non-business speak, that basically means van der Kuyl is likely to be in charge of Team17‘s board of directors and will act as the gel between them and the company’s co-founder Debbie Bestwick MBE.

In short, Team17 has hired the man who helped bring Minecraft to consoles to bolster their set up, and this can only be a good thing. Plus, he has a really cool name.

“It’s an honour to be able to invest in and play a part in the Team17 story,” offered van der Kuyl, who co-owns Scottish studio 4J Games. “Debbie and her team represent a pillar of the British games industry and I can’t wait to see where this new and exciting chapter takes the company.”

To cement his new role, 4J Studios has also invested a minority stake in Team17, further tying the two companies together. It’ll be interesting to see what the fruits of van der Kuyl’s appointment are in 2017.