Supplier Playson has announced that Oleksandr Honcharuk, who worked as a product owner for the content developer, died during a fight in Ukraine.
Honcharuk joined the company in May 2020 and was based at Playson’s development studio in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
Prior to his time at Playson, Honcharuk worked as a casino gaming consultant for over two years, before which he was Chief Game Officer and Product Owner at Techona, based in the Czech Republic.
Earlier in his career, Honcharuk was a Game Producer and Studio Manager at Playtech and also Art Director Supervisor at NetEnt.
“We are devastated to lose such a cheerful, witty, kind, honest and intelligent person who we considered an exceptional colleague, but also a great friend,” Playson said.
“While his creativity and enthusiasm have been crucial in developing Playson’s most successful recent games, his loss will also be felt across the industry, having worked at many companies over the years. an igaming career spanning over 14 years.
“Our deepest condolences go out to Oleksandr’s family and friends. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Oleksandr.
In March, Playson said many of its employees had volunteered to defend Ukraine in several ways.
Some personnel have taken on roles in countering misinformation and assisting with resettlement and providing food and logistics to Ukrainian refugees, while others have volunteered for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
With the country being home to a wide range of operators and providers, a number of companies in the gaming industry have been affected by the war in Ukraine.