The former CEO of Codemasters has been appointed chair of virtual reality games developer nDreams. 

Frank Sagnier retired from Codies following the $1.2 billion takeover by US giant Electronic Arts in February. 

His career in the videogames industry spans more than 25 years, including leading the IPO of Codemasters after joining as CEO in 2014. 

Sagnier has now taken the non-executive role at nDreams, behind games including Phantom: Covert Ops for Oculus headsets and the highly anticipated Fracked for PlayStation VR, set to launch globally on 20th August 2021.  

nDreams has also collaborated with Ubisoft and Zero Latency VR on development of the free-roam arcade experience Far Cry VR: Dive into Insanity, that can be experienced worldwide at Zero Latency venues.  

Further developments include nDreams’ move into third-party publishing and the recent announcement of a second fully remote studio, nDreams Studio Orbital, which will focus on developing live service games for VR.

“I’m delighted to welcome Frank to nDreams’ board. I’ve known Frank since he was building up EA Partners and I am certain that his experience, passion and drive will push us forward as we head towards some very ambitious goals,” said Patrick O’Luanaigh, CEO and founder of nDreams.  

“Frank’s energy and wisdom will be significant assets, and the management team and I are excited to work with him.” 

Sagnier added: “I am delighted to join nDreams’ board to help the company achieve its mission to become a world-leading developer and publisher of VR games. 

“Over the past few years, Patrick has built a reputable studio with highly-talented teams delivering high-quality games.  

“The fast-improving hardware together with immersive and innovative player experiences, means that the VR market is bound to see significant growth and exciting times ahead.”