Murray Pannell Leaves 2K Games After Five Years

2K Games VP of Publishing Murray Pannell has left the company after five years. The former marketing director for PlayStation UK, helped lead 2K’s international expansion in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Pannell, who got his start in the gaming industry at Virgin Interactive in 1999, has worked at Electronic Arts, Microsoft Xbox, Ubisoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, where he has held product manager and executive marketing positions.

“I’ve departed 2K in January this year,” Pannell told GamesIndustry.biz. “I’d like to thank everyone at 2K and Take-Two for the support and commitment to make my time at the company so rewarding. I was proud to have been able to lead the 2K European Publishing team for the last 5 years and look forward to my next step in this exciting industry.”

When he joined 2K, Pannell took over the role of 2K International General Manager Neil Ralley, who had led the 2K team since it was founded as a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive in New York City in 2005. Ralley, who had previously worked as a sales director for Codemasters, oversaw the launch of BioShock and Borderlands. As of now, it is unclear where Pannell is headed to next.

2K Games, which moved its headquarters to Novato, California in 2007, has also published Carnival Games, Mafia, NBA 2K, Sid Meier’s Civilization, WWE 2K and XCOM. In 2020, the publisher launched XCOM: Chimera Squad, Mafia II: Definitive Edition, Hangar 13, BioShock: The Collection, Borderlands: Legendary Collection, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, PGA Tour 2K21, NBA 2K21, WWE 2K, BioShock 2 Remastered and Borderlands 3, among others.

Recently, 2K announced that NBA 2K is releasing the next season of MyTEAM for NBA 2K21 on PS4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and PC. The company also revealed that WWE Hall of Famers Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Roddy Piper, Diesel and Razor Ramon would be joining the WWE 2K Battlegrounds roster alongside several current WWE Superstars.

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