Amazon Game Studios picks up former Daybreak CM Greg Henninger

Daybreak’s loss is Amazon’s gain — again.

Former H1Z1 Community Manager Greg Henninger revealed that he has jumped ship from Daybreak over to Amazon Games Studio. “I am moving on to another adventure. I’m sticking with the games industry, I’m still going to be around,” Henninger said to H1Z1 fans last month.

Yesterday, he tweeted that he was starting his first day at Amazon Game Studios this week. It looks probable that Henninger has joined John Smedley’s studio team, as he is staying in San Diego and Smedley retweeted Henninger’s job announcement. Strange things are afoot at the Circle K, Bill!

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ultorius

good now make a new planetside game since you are all there.Planetside 2 was awsome.Just change the name daybreak guys must have more lawyers than people working on the games.

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Jeremy Barnes

Companies just like to give smed a bunch of money to throw around despite rather mundane results.

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David Harrison

I know that Smed had some bad moments in the history of SoE, but ultimately, we owe a lot of the MMORPG industry’s existence (good or bad) on him pitching the idea of Everquest to Sony a decade and half ago.

I don’t think people realize how important the success of Everquest was to the explosion of the MMORPG industry. People like to credit WoW for the mass development of the genre, but they fail to remember that a good portion of the devs that made WoW were developers that were taken from Everquest. A lot of the early design of WoW is just an evolution of Everquest. It wasn’t until the first expansion that WoW started greatly seperating it’s design from that of Everquest.

Like it or not, Smedley is a big reason the MMORPG genre took off, and if he can bring it back in any form at Amazon, then I am in support of that whole heatedly.

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Sally Bowls

I have considerable agreement with that but there is another narrative.

Smedley is a big reason the MMORPG genre took off

Smedley is definitely a big participant when the MMORPG genre took off. I am not sure about the extent of reason. There is always the question of how much is skill and how much is luck (right place, right time.) Steve Jobs was not luck; A2E was followed up by Mac and iPod and iPhone … But from the peak of EQ (which you rightly point out should not be underestimated) if you look at EQ 1,2,Next and SWG, then I think Smed is 0 for 4 in that stretch. 0 for 5 if you include HC.

If you were launching a game company, IMO, one would definitely want to interview Smed. OTOH, IMO, hiring him is not a non-brainer decision. When “what have you done lately” becomes “what have you done in the last decade” one has to pause.

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Jeremy Barnes

I understand you wanted to make this statement about his importance to the industry, but my comment had no relation to that. His results for the companies that employed him…have not been great.

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Bruno Brito

Why am i having the feeling that this will be a Daybreak-like company? And not just because of this specific news.

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Sally Bowls

Perhaps because I am pre-coffee, but I was expecting the animation to go longer and the AGS ship to then start sinking.