john smedley

The former head of SOE and Daybreak. Affectionately known to gamers as “Smed.”

The Game Archaeologist: Tanarus, Sony Online Entertainment’s first online game

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While EverQuest is perhaps thought of as Sony Online Entertainment's first online game, the truth of history tells us differently. Just as how Mythic...

Amazon is publishing Glowmade’s new ‘creative online co-op experience’

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What else does Amazon Games have cooking besides New World, Lost Ark, and that unnamed game from Smed? Apparently, it's also publishing a game...

Amazon Games hired a former Ubisoft Toronto boss to lead its new Montreal studio

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Amazon Games announced today that it's picked a new leader for its new Montreal-based studio: Alexandre Parizeau. If that name sounds familiar, it's because...

The Game Archaeologist: SOE’s many MMO spin-off digital card games

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One thing that I deeply admired about old Sony Online Entertainment was that it strove to experiment, innovate, and take risks. Sometimes those special...

Q2 2021: What the heck is going on at EG7 and Daybreak and who the heck owns Cold Iron

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Last week, we covered the puzzling news that EG7's CEO Robin Flodin has been (at least temporarily?) replaced by Daybreak's Ji Ham, a move...

Global Chat: Revisiting all of SOE’s game history

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I'm always a sucker for a good timeline, which is why I perked up at seeing Wilhelm at Ancient Gaming Noob trace out the...

The Game Archaeologist: Free Realms

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Its very name was a declaration of rebellion against the status quo. In an era that had yet to shift from a subscription-only model...

Daybreak has been sold – again – this time to EG7 Global for $300M

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Who had this on the end-of-the-year bingo card? Apparently, Daybreak has been bought out - again. The company holding the hot potato this round is...

EverQuesting: A sweet sixteen EverQuest II anniversary retrospective

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Happy birthday, sweet sixteen! If you think I've waited 16 years to be able to sing that to EverQuest II, well, you aren't wrong....

Massively Uplifting: Shattering mental health and disability stereotypes while increasing gaming inclusivity

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Back to school? That quintessential September mantra may not be a given for everyone this year. However, what is still a given is the...

PAX Online 2020: Pantheon, Ashes of Creation, Amazon, and Crowfall devs on the future of online games

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What could online gaming look like going forward? That was the overall topic discussed by a number of devs as part of in a...

Amazon is apparently working on a new unnamed sci-fi MMO

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Former SOE and Daybreak boss John Smedley has been a fixture at Amazon Game Studios for the last few years, working on at least...

The Soapbox: Feeling the loss of an MMO community

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Back in 2012, I was almost a year deep into Lord of the Rings Online and enjoying my time both in the game and...

Amazon is hosting a game tech event for game devs tomorrow

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Amazon Games' John Smedley appears to be pretty fired up about an event that Amazon Web Services is hosting. It's called The Digital Download,...

The Game Archaeologist: The rise and fall of Landmark and EverQuest Next

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The year was 2013. Sony Online Entertainment was still a functioning and seemingly robust MMORPG studio, and its yearly SOE Live convention was a...

Obituary: EverQuest and Vanguard developer Mike Hutchins passes away

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It is always a somber occasion to bring to you word of the passing of another MMORPG developer, but it is also the opportunity...

The Daily Grind: Have you ever paid for MMO-related services like coaching?

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A few weeks back, MMO veteran dev John Smedley posted a tweet about paying for, of all things, coaching in a video game, and...

John Smedley and Scott Hartsman put out a call to help a former EverQuest II dev

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This story crossed our desk with some signal boosting from John Smedley and Scott Hartsman this weekend: A little less than a year ago, former...

The celebration of life event for Brad McQuaid will be rebroadcast tonight for those who couldn’t attend

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If you aren't in California, you probably missed the real-world memorial for Brad McQuaid, which was held in San Diego earlier this week. Fortunately,...

Ask Mo: The hits and misses of MassivelyOP’s 2019 predictions

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The day has come: the day when we look back at last year's predictions for this year and see how we did. Yep, this...

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