SOE president: “People that don’t play games have no business in this business”

Wednesday, 19th September 2012 19:43 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

SOE president John Smedley doesn’t think people should be in involved in the gaming industry if they don’t play games.

Speaking with Edge, Smedley knows of what he speaks, because apparently the man is a huge EVE Online player, although he admits Planetside 2 is taking up most of his gaming time of late.

“I really play. I’m in a Null-sec corp, the whole bit. The games I’m playing right now are Planetside 2, Dota 2 and Eve. Eve used to be the forefront game, but now it’s the background game because I don’t have a choice, I’m having too much fun in Planetside 2. And Dota 2 I’m playing a lot with my kids right now,” he said.

“In my opinion, people that don’t play games have no business in this business. It should be the gamers-only club, I think. I can’t stand people that don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to playing these things.”

Smedley is currently moving all SOE games into a free-to-play territory after the success of DC Universe Online and other F2P titles on PC and PS3.



  1. Lord Gremlin

    Well, this is true. Everyone involved in the industry should be familiar with games and play some themselves. Otherwise they wouldn’t be able to tell an obviously terrible game from possible ok one. And generally make mistakes that cost company money. Ubisoft DRM anyone? They wasted money on it and lost sales. Only a person who never played singleplayer games would think that such a game can require always-on online connection and it will be fine sales-wise.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. monkeygourmet

    I’d love to see a game made by people who had never played a game… Now that would be a game!

    What kind of genre would it be?

    Maybe I should go to an old people’s home and get some ideas (as long they had not played wii already)?

    I wonder what themes they would use… It would probably bring back a lot of childhood dreams, kinda how Miyamoto’s games work…

    How much detail ould ou piece together without pushing them down the FPS, platformer or whatever route…


    #2 2 years ago
  3. NeoSquall

    Well, it should be the norm that managers know the craft of their company and it was true until 20-30 years ago, when the already formed managers came out of colleges, with their important degrees and 0 resumes, who got hired just because they were efficient in making more money from already profitable businesses.

    It’s because of this that we have people like Bobby Kotick running companies like Activision and stuffing its portfolio with just more Call of Duty and Skylanders minifigs.

    #3 2 years ago

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