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.

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MewmewGirl
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Elven_Seraph

I don’t think you ever really find that same magic feeling again that you got when playing your first MMOs, no matter what they were.

Elven_Seraph
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Elven_Seraph

I hope he doesn’t do anything that hurts Everquest Next.  I have never wanted a game to launch more than that one!  I want to find the magic that was Everquest 1 when it launched, though not sure it’s possible.  Dare to dream I guess.  But Smed, I wish you the best, you didn’t deserve the negative campaign against you.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

groo the wanderer We should all be so lucky!

melissaheather
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melissaheather

Honest question:  D’you think any publishers have approached Daybreak about purchasing the EQ franchise/IP and project?   You’d have to think someone smells opportunity (like Sony or Microsoft or EA)… 

I mean, there’s either a whole-lotta-trouble, or Daybreak is the worst at public relations and maintaining positive “buzz” about a game that we have ever seen.

Jalek
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Jalek

Craywulf Jalek  The only threats I ever saw were the ones around the plane and his more recent activities, unless you consider the thousands of people spouting off about cancelling accounts to be threats.  I had a paid account with the company the entire time though, so my dislike of him must have been mild.  I just assumed anything he said was worthless.

Craywulf
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Craywulf

Jalek  Definitive statements does not warrant personal attacks or threats of any kind. That’s advertising no matter how a developer spins it.

Jalek
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Jalek

Craywulf Zer0K  Some of the vitriol he did earn, the few times he ventured into game forums he would spout of definitive statements, then a few months later go against them with actions.
He’s also the only CEO I can think of who, while his new, shiny product was released the same month as a market maker (World of Warcraft), would give an interview talking about how he and his family enjoyed the competitor’s product and didn’t mention his own.  I though he should’ve been gone then, ten years ago.

Margrave
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Margrave

Zer0K If that were so … RIP Daybreak. We hardly knew ye.

Zer0K
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Zer0K

Just announced!  Brad McQuaid the new CEO of Daybreak Games!  :P

MesaSage
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MesaSage

I’m guessing it’s a card game.