These are the brave (crazy) souls who have taken it upon themselves to bring modding to the masses.
Skylar Kreisher, CEO. Skylar is an industry insider with more than a decade in games. He got his start as a humble tester in 2002 working on Microsoft’s Xbox. Most recently, Skylar was VP of Games for Solid State Networks. He is also an advisor for DeVry’s Game Simulation Programming department. Skylar has a BA in Economics from the University of Washington.
Tirian Brown, CTO. Tirian is a highly talented systems programmer with deep insight into game engine architecture. Prior to Olympus Games, Tirian built 3D game engines and developed various applications as a freelance contractor. Tirian graduated top of his class at Devry University, where he earned a BS in Game and Simulation Programing.
Patrick Wyatt, Senior Technology Advisor. Patrick is one the industry’s most respected senior executives. As founder and VP of R&D at Blizzard Entertainment, he helped build the company from a startup to the widely successful company it is today. Blizzard (ATVI) currently has a market cap of $13 billion. Upon leaving Blizzard in 2000, Patrick founded ArenaNet, where he was founder and president. ArenaNet’s first game, Guild Wars, went on to sell 6.5 million copies. The company was acquired by NCsoft (NCSCF) in 2002 at which time Patrick became CTO. In 2009 he joined Enmasse as COO. Enmasse launched their first game, Tera, in the US in Spring of 2012. Patrick has a BS in Computer Science from UCLA.
James Jones, President of Creative Productions at Hasbro. James is a veteran games industry executive with over 15 years in digital media and online leadership. He has served integral roles on nine MMOs/Virtual Worlds since 1999 and has diverse experience across almost all gaming platforms having shipped product on 14 platforms.
Chris Taylor, Founder and owner of Gas Powered Games, the creator of multiple commercially successful PC game franchises such as Dungeon Siege, Supreme Commander and Demigod. Chris’ games are among the most heavily modded PC games to date. Gas Powered games is currently developing Microsoft’s Age of Empires Online.
J. Mark Hood, former Senior Vice President at Sierra® Online/Vivendi Universal. Mark was responsible for development and marketing with Sierra’s Core Game Business, a unit that generated $170 million in annual revenue. During his 15 years at Sierra, Hood published such renowned titles as King’s Quest®, Half-Life®, Counterstrike®, and Homeworld®. Counterstrike was originally a mod for Half-Life. Counterstrike went on to have huge commercial success at retail.
John Castle Sc.D., lecturer of Entrepreneurship at UW Foster School of Business. John is also the former CEO and co-founder of Cantametrix, a music software company acquired by Gracenote in 2002; former CEO of Hamilton-Thorn, a medical electronics company; former Executive VP and co-founder of Seragen, a Biotechnology company; and partner in Washington Biotechnology Funding, a seed venture capital fund.