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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.

Chris Kerr

August 24, 2015

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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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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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