ABOUT FIFTH COLUMN GAMES

 

Fifth Column was founded by Andrew Marsh, Adam Lipski, and Mike Fahmie. Together they represent over 30 years in the industry and a wealth of expertise in nearly all aspects of game development.


 

Founders

 
Andrew Marsh

Andrew Marsh
Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Education:
BS Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA

Shipped Titles:
Pawn Stars: The Game (Facebook), Mighty Pirates (Facebook), Happy Pets (Facebook), Restaurant Life (Facebook), Spin-It-Up Slots (Facebook), Know-It-All Trivia (Facebook), World War II (Facebook), MLB 2K9 (360/PS3), Iron Man (360/PS3), Gretzky NHL 2006 (PS2/PSP), Gretzky NHL 2005 (PS2/PSP)

Hometown:
Albany, CA

Favorite Games:
Star Control 2, Civilization, X-COM: UFO Defense, Dominion, Portal, Rock Band, Halo, and StarCraft

Andy has been in video games a really long time. He contributes heavily to design, but also to engineering, creative direction, and all the other, not-so-fun parts of running the studio. When not at work Andy is an accomplished trombonist, a competitive Dominion player, and he also has two cats who can defy gravity.




 
Adam Lipski

Adam Lipski
Founder, Chief Technical Officer

Education:
BS Computer Science from Princeton University, Princeton NJ

Shipped Titles:
Happy Pets (Facebook), Happy Aquarium (Facebook), Restaurant Life (Facebook), Know-It-All-Trivia (Facebook), World War II (Facebook), High School Musical 3: Senior Year Dance! (Wii/360/PC/PS2), Tony Hawk Proving Ground (Wii/PS2), Godfather The Game (Mob Wars) (PSP), Gretzky NHL 2006 (PS2/PSP), Gretzky NHL 2005 (PS2/PSP)

Hometown:
San Francisco, CA

Favorite Games:
Halo, Rock Band, and Dance Central

As Fifth Column's CTO, Adam is in charge of the technical direction of game development. He oversees the integration of new or emergent technology into our games, guides our engineering, and makes sure that nothing explodes. Adam is also an expert-level everything in Rock Band, has a beautiful daughter named Maya, and is someone you don't want to get into a dance-off with. Seriously.




 
Mike Fahmie

Mike Fahmie
Founder, Chief Operating Officer

Education:
BS Computer Engineering at University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA

Shipped Titles:
Happy Island (Facebook/Mobile), High School Musical 3: Senior Year DANCE! (360/PS2/Wii/PC), Tony Hawk: Proving Ground (PS2/Wii), Superman Returns (DS/GBA)

Hometown:
Albany, CA

Favorite Games:
Star Control 2, Destiny, FTL, Space Chem, and Skyrim.

Mike is an optimistic cynic and a firm believer in the practice of do-more-with-less. He runs the studio with an eye for efficiency and quality, minimizing wasted cycles while preserving the integrity of the product. Mike also writes a webcomic called Virtual Shackles, fixes anything mechancial or electrical, bartends, beats everyone in the office at ping pong, and is never seen without a cup of coffee.