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John Smedley (video games)

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EverQuest co-creator John Smedley is leading the new San Diego-base Studio for Amazon Game Studios, company announced today. Smedley, previously president of Sony Online Entertainment and Daybreak Game Company, will lead an all-New team in San Diego on unannounced title. In a release, Amazon said Smedleys ' ambitious new project will tap into the power of AWS Cloud and Twitch to connect players around the globe in a thrilling New Game World. John's pioneering work helped define modern MMO, and his influence can be felt in thousands of Games that follow, Amazon said in a statement. He helped create the blueprint for fusing massive game worlds with vibrant player communities, vision that we share at Amazon Game Studios. Amazon says Amazon Game Studios San Diegos project is still in early days. Smedley step down as CEO and president of Daybreak Game Company in 2015. Later that year, he founded Pixelmage Games, which developed action role-playing Games Heros Song. In 2016, both Pixelmage Games and Heros Song shut down. Amazon Game Studios has other locations in Orange County, California and Seattle, Washington. The company is working on a handful of announced games for PC, including mythological sports brawler Breakaway, massively multiplayer sandbox Game New World and sci-fi survival Game Crucible.

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Longtime San Diego video game executive John Smedley, who developed the EverQuest multiplayer franchise for Sony, has been hired by Amazon to head New Game studio in San Diego. An Amazon spokesman confirmed this week that Smedley is working to get the San Diego location open and hire a team. John is working on an all-New Game at Amazon, but we dont have any details to share yet, hes just getting start, said Bryce Baer, head of public relations at Amazon Game Studios, in an email response to questions. Team is growing fast down there, and he has hired some of his former co-workers from Smedleys ' most recent video game venture, called Pixelmage Games, to join the new studio. Amazon Game Studios has two primary locations, Seattle and Irvine. But it also operates smaller outposts worldwide for its game business. It is unclear how big San Diego studio will be. Smedleys Pixelmage employed 13 people before shutting down in December. He could not be reached for comment. Smedley run Sony Online Entertainment in San Diego for years, and has been on the local video game scene since 1993. Sony studio is known for its massively multiplayer online games, including EverQuest, PlanetSide, DC Universe and others. Sony Online Entertainment was sold to a private equity firm in 2014 and renamed Daybreak Games, which produces multiplayer zombie survival action Game H1Z1. Smedley left Daybreak in 2015 to start Pixelmage indie studio that was working on an online role playing game called Heros Song. It simulates 3 000 years of history with character lineage reaching back generations. Originally, Pixelmage attempted to fund development of Heros Song on Kickstarter, but it pulled the campaign after falling short of its 800 000 goal. The companies rely on private investors to make the early version of Heros Song available to gamers through online video game Web sites. But uptake wasnt enough to keep Pixelmage alive. It offers refunds to purchasers. Unfortunately, sales fell short of what we need to continue development, say Pixelmage on its Web site. We knew going in that most startups do make it, and as indie game studio we hopped we would be an exception to that rule, but as it turns out we werent. Amazon has been broadening its footprint in San Diego County of late. It open Amazon Books, e-commerce giant bricks-and-mortar bookstore, at Westfield UTC shopping mall in September. It also has been advertising to hire software developers in the region. In a blog post, Amazon Game Studios write that Smedley helped define the modern multi-player online gaming genre. He helped create the blueprint for fusing massive game worlds with vibrant player communities, vision that we share at Amazon Game Studios. That why we were excited John has joined Amazon Games Studios to lead this new team.

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