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Former Daybreak CEO John Smedley starts new company

After stepping down as President and CEO of Daybreak in July, John Smedley has now seemingly left the studio altogether to head up a new company.

After stepping down as President and CEO of Daybreak in July, John Smedley has now seemingly left the studio altogether to head up a new company. 

It was initially thought Smedley would take on a new role at the H1Z1, PlanetSide 2, and Everquest developer, with a Daybreak spokesperson confirming that its former CEO would be "taking some time off from the company for the near-term and transitioning to a different role" earlier in the year. 

A change to Smedley's Facebook profile, however, has revealed that the veteran game developer has taken up the mantle of CEO at an unnamed California-based startup. While Smedley's profile still lists him as Daybreak's President, a recent company statement has all but confirmed his departure.

"On behalf of Daybreak, we wish Smed well in his new endeavors," said a Daybreak spokesperson, speaking to Game Informer. "Any questions regarding his new business should be directed to him."

Though he's keeping tight-lipped for the time being, Smedley has promised that more information on his new venture is "coming soon." 

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