Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Red 5 Studios
Two years ago a group of employees who had been working on World of Warcraft left Blizzard to form their own MMO company: Red 5 Studios. They haven't announced yet what game exactly they are working on, except that it will be a "next generation MMO", but they do have some interesting ideas.
To my surprise I just received an offer to "discuss opportunities here with our development team in Orange County" from Red 5 Studios. I declined, because I already have a job which is probably paying a lot more than a game developers job, and because I don't plan to move to the US (who wouldn't necessarily let me immigrate anyway). Maybe I am too conservative, but European companies wouldn't send out job offers based just on a blog. If somebody wants my game development ideas, he can "borrow" them from my blog. (If you do, it would be nice to put a magical item named after me in the game. The CEO of Red 5 Studios, Mark Kern, has the Mark of Kern ring in WoW, so he knows what I'm talking about.) If there is any subject I didn't cover, I'm even willing to write about it on request. But quitting my brick-and-mortar job to pursue a risky career in game development just isn't my thing. I wish them the best of luck, but the concept that everybody who worked on WoW would automatically be able to create a game as good is hard to believe, even if they had help from me. :)
Oh, and if you want to work for Red 5 Studios, they have a recruitment web page with open positions.