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New Zealand-based “Mini Motorways” Developer Dinosaur Polo Club Appoints Wētā Workshop Ltd’s Amie Wolken as CEO

Former “Tales of the Shire” Lead Programmer brings more than eight years of games experience to Dinosaur Polo Club

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – April 10, 2024 – Dinosaur Polo Club, the award-winning team behind Mini Motorways and Mini Metro, the best-selling minimalist strategy traffic management sims with nearly 12 million combined players, welcomes Amie Wolken as CEO following the handover from former CEO Chantelle Cole, who now serves as Programme Director for the NZ Game Development Sector Rebate (GDSR) at NZ On Air.

Amie Wolken steps into Dinosaur Polo Club’s CEO role after more than four years at Wētā Workshop’s Game Studio, where she most recently served as Studio Director. Prior to her work as Studio Director, Amie was the lead game programmer for Tales of the Shire and developed augmented reality experiences, including The Makeup Mirror at Wētā Workshop Unleashed and Dr. Grordbort’s Boosters for the Magic Leap 1 AR device.

In 2015, Amie co-founded GEO AR Games, best known for Magical Park – an augmented reality product created to encourage children to actively engage with the outdoors using mobile devices. Now as CEO of Dinosaur Polo Club, Amie joins the studio helming Mini Motorways and Mini Metro, where she will fit right in with the team’s distinctive game style and people-first culture. Be on the lookout for upcoming updates and news from these titles and more as the Mini series expands!

“I’m incredibly excited to be welcomed as the newest Dino,” said Wolken. “Expanding on the success that this talented team has had with their Mini games is a huge opportunity! Dinosaur Polo Club is the coolest little studio in the coolest little capital in the world, and I can’t wait to discover what we do next.”

“We’re so thrilled to have Amie join our evolving team as we look ahead to what the next few years hold for our studio and our games,” said Robert Curry,  Co-Founder of Dinosaur Polo Club. “She’s worked on incredible projects with talented people from all over the country, and we know she’s going to lead Dinosaur Polo Club to bright places.”

For more information on Amie and the titles Dinosaur Polo Club has created, please visit the Dinosaur Polo Club website, follow @MiniMetroGame on X as well as the studio on XFacebook, and Instagram, or search for #MiniMotorways and #MiniMetro on social media.

About Dinosaur Polo Club

Dinosaur Polo Club is an independent game development studio based in beautiful Wellington, New Zealand. Founded in 2013 by brothers Peter and Robert Curry, the studio first made waves with their award-winning and BAFTA-nominated debut Mini Metro. Created in collaboration with Disasterpeace and Jamie Churchman, Mini Metro explores relaxed and minimalist subway design. The second game developed by Dinosaur Polo Club introduces a brand new type of city management with colorful road-building and resource management found in Mini Motorways. Combined, Mini Metro and Mini Motorways make up two parts of an expanding Mini-series with more to come. 

With an inclusive and supportive culture that believes in giving back to its creative community, the studio has grown and is now home to nearly 30 dinos as it works on new titles with relatable simplicity.