John Smedley relinquishes his post at Daybreak

VentureBeat is reporting that John Smedley has stepped down as President of Daybreak Game Company, the studio behind multiple MMOs, including the entire EverQuest franchise. Chief Operating Officer Russell Shanks will take his place.

A Daybreak rep told VB, “I can confirm that John Smedley will be taking some time off from the company for the near-term and transitioning to a different role to be determined. Upon finalization of his plans, further communication will be provided.”

Smedley oversaw the company’s transition from Sony-owned Sony Online Entertainment to Columbus Nova-funded Daybreak Game Company earlier this year. He made headlines this summer after he spoke up — forcefully — about his harassment at the hands of Lizard Squad e-thugs responsible for the bomb threat that diverted his plane nearly a year ago, among other alleged crimes. In apparent retaliation, the hackers assaulted Daybreak’s game servers with multi-day DDoS attacks and offered a $5000 reward for the defacement of Smed’s father’s grave.

Last week, he deleted his Twitter and Reddit accounts, saying he would “miss the interaction with […] players” but wanted to avoid distractions that stopped him from doing what he liked doing: making games.

It’s the end of a very long era for the company formerly known as SOE and Verant. Good luck to you, Smed.

Source: VentureBeat. Thanks to all of you who sent this in.
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Union Jack
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IMO this man could talk the talk all day long but the actual lack of seeing shit get done is why I am glad to see the back of him. I’m suprised he lasted as long as he did. I am still concerned that the lack of capable people to continue to take EQN forward means that we may now never see the game as it was meant to be. The other issue is that Day breaking your games have shut up shop and are hiding behind a wall now with little or no information coming out may be due to constraints being put on them from within due to Smed’s antics on social media.

The people left running what’s left do not inspire me with confidence at all and the fluff they providing us with is pathetic to say the least. The funniest thing I have seen so far is that they getting players to design their game for them which has to be the Coup De Grace for any gaming company so what a stroke of genius. If Landmarks is even 10% what we can expect to see in EQN then bad news imo. Smed lack the accountability here than he had at $OE and had no clout here either, that is the reason I believe he was removed he was not able and brought to much bad press and the owners were not prepared to put up with it. 

Now I can  see both him and Dave Georgeson getting it on in the future whether that proves fruitful only time will tell but for the love of gaming I hope someone can combine all the good of the industry into a decent MMO as its still not happened since EQ1 days imo hence why I still play on project 1999

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rottenrotny 
People always say that until the devs start saying things they don’t like.

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Denice J Cook upup2211 that’s more about what information you saw than about how he felt; he definitely expressed regret and frustration that those folks had to be let go, and started helping them network to find new jobs. For instance:

http://puu.sh/fN3Vv/669a5775a9.png

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upup2211 
Well, he didn’t really seem to be care when Dave Georgeson got canned, and from my perspective as a long-time Everquest 2 player, I respected what Georgeson did for the EQ2 franchise more by far.

Smed only ever seemed to care about the Planetside franchise, and more recently H1Z1, both inferior copies of other games and nothing more.

FrancescoSpycher
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Im a bit in sorrow about this next thing it lasts too long now feeled  i know thats not rational but i fear it could cost the good name if that fails. All that holliwood like bogus toons were seeing now the clumsy movement and controles  wish me we could take one big step back to eq2 and just give it a new modern engine but keep things as it is and evolve from there on . I was one of the first everquest online customers followed that  over 12 years felt that some of the charm of old freeport was lost after the big change. The huge city the transitions and loading screens surely where stressing but as well gave the feeling of a huge important city. My first lvl one ogre that i did run from oggok to freeport through the forest along the coast to freeport noobzone to grow him there with my friends is unforgotten and has a warm spot in my hearth. I levelled that ogre to lvl 18 or so moved through the tunnel to fight sand giants giant crocs for the druidstaff that the bossmob dropped there. Well i hope the people at the helm dont forget that spirit that was deep in everquest one  and try to reproduce that and dont make a  holliwood boulevard game out of it please it would break my hearth in some way m8 frank switzerland one of your hardcore followers since day One.

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I wish you all Good Smed your Da Man that made that genre Big  ! I followed everquest and uo everquest 2  up till landmark where the line blurred a bit but your enthusiasm was atonishing and influenced my gaming interrests immensely! Thanks for that dont take that shithats comments serious thats barkin into the wind as you would say and such people dont deserve that attention at all  m8 Take care and dont get off the Grid . Frank.

Ravenesque
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Ravenesque

Equilibrium31 It’s not just you

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ohforfs

Equilibrium31 It’s not just you

upup2211
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upup2211

This is the only site on the internet who actually feel bad for him stepping down.
He’s a piece of shit and hasn’t done a thing. This isn’t much of a loss.

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Lightai 
If you think that freedom of speech is about the right to harrass and threaten other people then you’re mistaken. Freedom of speechis a guarantee that the state won’t stalk or prosecute you for your thoughts and voiced opinions. It has never been, and will never be, a right to say what you want to anyone at anytime. What you say has consequences under the law. Besides, we’re talking about private forums and discussions, where the owners have the right to permit or deny any access for any person.

And what you say about facism and my alleged insecurities is totally missing the target. It’s a personal attack on my personal integrity and values, and hence over the line for a discussion like this.