Stewart Chisam will replace Erez Goren as CEO of SMITE company Hi-Rez Studios


Multiplayer online game company Hi-Rez Studios is seeing a leadership shuffle this week, as the man who’s been CEO for 14 years is stepping down – aside, rather.

“Heading into 2019, we have a couple other organizational shifts coming. Erez Goren, who has been our CEO since the company was founded in 2005, is stepping aside from that role, while I will take the title of CEO,” new top bossĀ Stewart Chisam explains. “Erez will remain the Chairman of the Board and majority owner, and will continue to have input on the company strategy and the fantastic gaming experiences and communities we create. But this change gives him more time to pursue his other interests (which include multiple startup companies outside of the gaming industry).”

As GIbiz notes, Chisam himself is well-known to Hi-Rez fans, having been a key VP and then President for the last decade. Here’s how he put it for that publication:

“With the company in good shape and entering its next stage of growth, we thought now was a good time to make the change. Many people may not realize it, but Erez is a very successful entrepreneur [who] has started multiple successful companies in several industries. Over the past year or two, he has taken more and more interest in solving some healthcare industry problems using machine learning technology, as well as one or two other outside interests. The CEO change at Hi-Rez gives him the opportunity to spend the time he needs to with his other companies to help ensure their success, while still being engaged in the high level strategy.”

In hisĀ blog post today, Chisam further recaps 2018 for SMITE, Paladins, and Realm Royale. SMITE, he reminds us, is still planned to hit open beta on the Switch this month, with season 6 to follow in February, while Paladins will increase its content cadence in 2019 and Realm Royale will hit early access this spring.

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