Ready At Dawn Hires Blizzard COO Paul Sams As CEO

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Ready At Dawn announced today the strategic hire of Blizzard Entertainment’s COO Paul Sams to fill the role of CEO at the company. Current CEO Ru Weerasuriya will be stepping into the role of Chief Creative Officer and President and will be in charge of game and IP development once Sams takes over.

Paul Sams has quite an impressive resume. During his time at Blizzard, he played a key role in the launches of basically every Blizzard property you can think of: StarCraft, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, and more recently, Heroes of the Storm and just revealed at Blizzcon 2014 Overwatch.

“It is never easy finding someone to take over the reins of a company after this many years, but I cannot think of anyone better suited to guide the team as we look to the future. He is one of the most accomplished, respected and experienced leaders in our industry” said Ru Weerasuriya.

The independent developer, most recently responsible for bringing us The Order: 1886, also announced an expansion in Austin, TX that will serve as the company’s business hub for their self-publishing efforts, where as the original studio in Irvine, CA will turn its focus solely on the task of developing games.

In an interview with Game Informer, Sams and Weerasuriya revealed that for the future, the company is interested in owning their own IP and going multiplatform, with, at least, the tools and technology to make that happen already in place. “What we did on the PS4 for The Order: 1886, we can also do today on Xbox One, PC, and on an additional unannounced platform,” said Sams when asked if self publishing would mean the end of Ready at Dawn‘s close relationship with Sony.

“It is our aspiration to own and publish our own titles and we have begun the process of exploring how we will achieve that goal.” – Paul Sams; New CEO, Ready at Dawn

Sams also revealed that Ready At Dawn currently has two unannounced IP that they are developing, and while they aren’t at liberty to disclose exact numbers, the two Ready At Dawn heads did say that The Order 1886 was well on its way to hitting the performance numbers they expected.

We liked The Order: 1886 and those God of War PSP games too. I wish Ready At Dawn the best of luck.

Source: Ready At Dawn, Game Informer

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