NaturalMotion is a leading game technology and development company based in Oxford (England) and San Francisco (California).
The technology side of the business provides leading animation software engines such as the award-winning euphoria engine, which is a break-through in real-time character animation and is used in AAA titles such as Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption, and LucasArts’ Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
NaturalMotion’s other run-time animation product, morpheme, is the industry’s first graphically authorable animation engine. Customers include Ubisoft, Activision, Bioware, Eidos, THQ, Codemasters, Ninja Theory, Disney and many others.
In addition to its technology business, NaturalMotion’s games studio (NaturalMotion Games) is developing highly differentiated next-gen console and smartphone games. View our portfolio of games at www.naturalmotiongames.com
Torsten Reil (CEO and co-founder) holds a BA in Biology from Oxford University and an MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from Sussex University. Prior to founding NaturalMotion, Torsten was researching for a PhD in Complex Systems at Oxford University’s Zoology department, from which he spun off NaturalMotion. Torsten has been named amongst MIT’s TR100 global top innovators, Next-Gen’s 25 People in the Games Industry, and Develop magazine’s 25 Game Changers.
Adam Whittaker (COO) graduated with an MEng in Engineering & Materials Science from Oxford University. Prior to joining NaturalMotion, Adam worked for Detica as a business consultant specialising in the management and implementation of large business & technical change programmes. Particular achievements include redesigning finance and strategy management processes, benefits measurement, organisational change and architecting the supporting IT infrastructure for blue-chip clients.
Simon Mack (CTO) completed his Masters in Engineering at Oxford University, before working at MathEngine Plc developing the Karma physics engine. He joined NaturalMotion in 2003 as a developer.
Christian Staack (VP Worldwide Sales) joined NaturalMotion from REALVIZ, the visual effects software company, where he was the Director of Sales for the Americas. During his five year tenure at REALVIZ, Christian oversaw a move from indirect to direct sales, resulting in a substantial increase in revenue while working closely together with VFX and games companies. Christian has a BS in hospitality management and economics from Heidelberg.
Kevin Allington (VP Production) is a PMP and CSM certified project manager and joined NaturalMotion with extensive experience managing large scale global IT projects for companies including The World Bank, The British Standards Institute (BSI), Operation for Economic Co Development (OECD) and Sony. Originally from an artistic background, graduating from Film School specialising as a Cinematographer and Producer, Kevin has a strong passion for the VFX, Animation and Games industry. In addition to being responsible for establishing and running the Production team at NaturalMotion Kevin is also the active Senior Producer across the company's wide portfolio of projects.
Barclay Deeming (VP Games) holds a BA (First-class honours) in Digital Art with Animation from the London College of Music and Media. Prior to joining NaturalMotion, Barclay was Head of Product Development for the BAFTA award winning Ideaworks Game Studio, working on notable game franchises such as Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy, Biohazard, Need For Speed, Project Gotham Racer, Lara Croft, Fable and Call of Duty. Barclay has a great passion for games and is dedicated to bringing the best possible products to market.
Michael Penington (Chairman) is a director of a number of technology companies. He spent 16 years as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in London, where he worked in Capital Markets and Corporate Finance, and was responsible for the bank's relationships with the European private equity houses. He is also a non-executive director of Future plc. He has a BSc from the University of Melbourne, and a D.Phil from Oxford University.