About Us

We are the Real Time Company

From the beginning, MZ set out to build something that had never been developed before – a massively multiplayer online game that the whole world can play at the same time.

Executing this bold idea was no easy technical endeavor. What resulted was not only the meteoric rise and continued success of Game of War – Fire Age and Mobile Strike, but a global, scalable platform capable of the simultaneous exchange of data between millions of endpoints worldwide with unparalleled speed and efficiency in real time.

The application of our technology reaches far beyond games and makes the internet of tomorrow possible today.

Leadership Team

Gabriel Leydon


Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Prior to founding MZ, Gabriel was the creator and game designer of America’s Army Arcade Edition at Global VR, a leading US coin-op manufacturer and the U.S. Army’s Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis. Before embarking on the America’s Army project, Gabriel was a game designer at Tsunami Visual Technologies, where he amassed deep game design and monetization experience. Earlier in his career, Gabriel also worked on various coin-op games for Atari/Midway Games. Gabriel was recently named as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2015 by Goldman Sachs at their fourth annual Builders + Innovators Summit

Halbert Nakagawa


Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder

Prior to founding MZ, Halbert was a Senior Software Engineer at Global VR, where he was the lead developer for tools and technology platform that shipped titles such as PGA World Tour Golf, NASCAR, Vortek II, and Need For Speed: Carbon. Prior to Global VR, he was a Software Engineer at Signature Devices, a company building military simulations and first person shooter games, where he was responsible for writing multiple tiers of their proprietary game engine including the Sound System, UI System, and tools integration. Halbert holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kristen Dumont


Chief Operating Officer

Kristen joined MZ in early 2015 after serving as a company advisor for two years. Prior to joining MZ, Kristen founded and led Goodwin Procter’s California employment law and trade secrets practice. Before founding Goodwin Procter's employment and trade secrets group, she was a Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where her practice focused on advising emerging technology companies, both private and public, in all stages and facets of growth, including company formation, retention and development of employees, strategic partnerships, M&A and IPOs. Kristen was repeatedly recognized as a Northern California "Super Lawyer" and was named multiple times as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in California.

Francois Orsini


Chief Technology Officer, Platform

Prior to joining MZ, Francois was the Database Architect and Evangelist at Sun Microsystems and prior to that, he spent more than 20 years as in senior staff engineering and architect roles at companies like Sybase, Cloudscape, Oracle, among many others. Francois has extensive experience working with databases and infrastructure development, honing his expertise in distributed data management systems, scalability, security, resource management, HA cluster solutions, and connectivity services. He also worked with VISA International and VISA USA to implement the first VISA Cash virtual ATM for the internet and founded a VC-backed startup called Unikala in 1999. Francois holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Computer Science from the Paris Institute of Technology.


Deepak Gupta


Chief Revenue Officer

Before joining MZ, Deepak was VP of Business Operations at Outspark, a leading publisher of free-to-play MMO games, where he was in charge of performance-driven user acquisition, retention, BD as well as BI analytics. Prior to Outspark, he led strategy, planning and business operations for EA Online as Director of Strategy & Planning. Prior to EA, Deepak founded a mobile social games company called Hovr, where he formed partnerships with over 60+ game developers to offer 700+ mobile games in a social community with millions of users in a freemium and ad-supported model. Earlier in his career, he was a technology venture investor at Technology Crossover Ventures, and a technology investment banker at CSFB, DLJ and Wasserstein Perella. Deepak holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Rochester.

Ed Lu


Chief Financial Officer

Before joining MZ, Ed was the CFO at A Bit Lucky, a social gaming startup company backed by free-to-play gaming investor, Nexon Co. Prior to Bit Lucky, he was the Director of Finance at Gazillion Entertainment, a MMO developer and publisher created by gaming legend John Romero and funded by Oak Investment, Hearst Interactive and Allen & Co. Prior to his time in gaming, Ed spent 8 years in the finance role for semiconductor and systems manufacturing companies such as Altera, AFOP and Omneon (acquired by Harmonics). Ed holds a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley in Economics and a M.S. from Stanford University in Management Science & Engineering with an emphasis in entrepreneurial finance and strategy.

Victoria Valenzuela


General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Before joining Machine Zone, Tory was General Counsel of Cypress Semiconductor (CY), where she also advised Cypress's three privately-funded subsidiaries, including SunPower. Tory brings more than 15 years of experience advising public and private companies on a broad range of issues, including M&A, venture investments and IPOs, as well as, litigation, corporate law and the prosecution and monetization of IP portfolios. Prior to Cypress, Tory practiced at Clifford Chance US and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. In 2012, she was named a “Woman of Influence” by Silicon Valley Business Journal. Tory earned her law degree from Stanford Law School.

Christian Gladwell


President, Client Services

Prior to joining MZ, Christian was Global President, North America for Dentsu Aegis’ Carat. Specializing in digital transformation, he has led creative and media agencies and consulting teams with a track record of digital consulting, performance marketing, loyalty marketing, content creation, media investment, social media, and digital ethnographic research. Before Carat, Christian was the CEO of Naked across both Europe and N. America. Responsible for setting the vision, he presided over a fundamental shift in positioning of this famous media brand. Prior to Naked, Christian co-founded Human Digital and led the agency through its acquisition by the M&C Saatchi group. Christian comes to marketing from a military career spanning eight years and six conflict zones, three years structuring derivatives at Morgan Stanley, and two seasons in Formula 1. Christian holds a BA (with honors) from Kings College London, University of London and is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

From the Press

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