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According to a leaked email from Red 5 Studios Vice President of Development James Macauley, current CEO Mark Kern could be on the way out following a vote from the board of directors. The email was obtained by GameFront from a source apparently very close to the company, although this has yet to be verified.

Mark Kern is the last remaining founder still on board with Red 5 Studios, a development company originally created by employees formerly of Blizzard and World of Warcraft. In 2010 Chinese company The9 acquired a majority stake in Red 5 Studios, with over 50% of its staff cut shortly after. Earlier this year the developers suffered yet more layoffs with 10% of its staff being let go.

Quote from the email:

Today, the Red 5 Studios Board of Directors met and after deliberation have decided that Mark Kern will no longer be the Chief Executive Officer or on the Board of Red 5 Studios. Effective immediately Mark will no longer have any authority to act for or on behalf of Red 5 Studios.


Firefall has already suffered from a vast amount of problems following its open beta period, including the removal of PvP, but this could be a major set back for the struggling MMO.

Source: GameFront



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