John Smedley, the top of Amazon Video games’ San Diego studio, is leaving the corporate.
The previous Sony On-line Leisure president has been working considered one of Amazon’s three sport improvement studios for six years and has labored on a number of initiatives, none of which have been launched.
“After loads of thought, I’ve determined it’s time for me to attempt my hand at one thing new,” he stated in an e mail to employees, in accordance with Bloomberg.
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Amazon Video games principal publishing producer Andrew Websites, who additionally labored with Smedley at Sony, will step in as San Diego studio head.
“John is a sport trade legend, and we’re grateful for his contributions to Amazon Video games over the previous six years,” an Amazon spokesperson stated.
The San Diego group “stays centered on bringing their unannounced venture to life” and “John is dedicated to staying on till the group is absolutely transitioned earlier than he strikes”, they added.
Smedley beforehand spent 13 years at Sony On-line Leisure (which later turned Dawn Recreation Firm), engaged on the likes of EverQuest, Star Wars Galaxies, Planetside and H1Z1.
The boss of Amazon Video games, Mike Frazzini, stepped down final 12 months. Throughout his tenure the event division he helped create struggled to create large hits regardless of main funding.
Amazon Video games just lately introduced that it would publish the following Tomb Raider. The multiplatform sport from Embracer-owned studio Crystal Dynamics shall be constructed alongside Amazon “from improvement during publishing”, it stated.