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Amazon Game Studios hires Kim Swift, Clint Hocking
Swift and Hocking revealed their new employer on their respective Twitter accounts. Both of the developers are well-known in the gaming industry for their design contributions at multiple studios.
Swift was hired out of college along with several of her colleagues by Valve to work on Portal, which built on ideas from their student project called Narbacular Drop. Swift also worked on the Left 4 Dead games but departed Valve for Airtight Games in 2009, before Portal 2 released in 2011.
Swift led work on the Square Enix-published downloadable first-person puzzler Quantum Conundrum. She also took top billing on the studio's rhythm-action game Soul Fjord, which was released as an Ouya exclusive.
Hocking worked at Ubisoft Montreal for around nine years, where he led design work on Far Cry 2 and the Splinter Cell series. Hocking left Ubisoft in May 2010 and then joined LucasArts, where his work would not see the light of day before the firm's development operations folded in April 2013.