Ex-Daybreak President John Smedley starts his own company
The MMO industry trembled last month as John Smedley left his long-held post as president of Daybreak Game Company (and before that, SOE), but now it might have a reason to rejoice as the former EverQuest creator announced that he’s started up a new company.
On his Facebook page, Smedley released a brief post stating that he’s the CEO of an unnamed company with “Info coming soon :).”
While it was previously understood that Smedley was going to return to Daybreak in a new position, now it looks as though ties between the two have been severed. Daybreak issued a statement regarding Smedley’s new post saying, “On behalf of Daybreak, we wish Smed well in his new endeavors. Any questions regarding his new business should be directed to him.”
GameInformer reached out to Smedley for a comment and wrote, “[Smedley] indicated that he’s not ready to announce anything right now, but news should be coming in the next few weeks.”
John Smedley resigned from Daybreak following a particularly rough series of events involving hackers who harassed him and performed DDoS attacks on Daybreak’s titles. After publicly posting strong words against the hackers and disappointment in a legal ruling against one in particular, Smedley took his Twitter account offline and left Daybreak shortly thereafter.