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Special thanks to Sevenstar61 in thread
for revealing the award link.
Among the most puzzling:
The advisory board:
A significant number of people on the board are either affiliated with EA or once were. Rich Vogel was recently laid off from EA and dusting off his resume after working on SWTOR (http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/174300/SWTORs_executive_producer_leaves_BioWare_amid_layoff_reports.php), and Gordon Walton is responsible for the alpha version of SWTOR's Hero Engine, which he said EA would finish it themselves (http://www.heroengine.com/2011/11/heroengine-meets-starwars/). Mr. Walton left EA's subdivision BioWare in early 2011 (http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/33051/BioWare_Austins_Walton_Leaves_To_Join_Playdom_Austin.php).
Among the other questionable "voting" board members:
Joe McDonagh, studio director at PoPCap Games (owned by EA) http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/12/confirmed-ea-buys-popcap-games-for-750-million-plus-earn-out/
Euguene Evans, VP & Studio GM of Mythic (owned by EA) http://www.developconference.com/page.cfm/Action=Visitor/VisitorID=482)
Chris Mayar, former Technical Director at EA http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,217471/
Min Kim, former Localization Direction at EA http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Kyung+min/Kim
Robert Zubek, former EA employee (http://arnetminer.org/person/robert-zubek-319979.html)
[I'll check others if I have time, gave up because 85% of them had an EA affiliation that was publicized]
Others are still affiliated with EA, or were at one time. It hardly seems fair, even though SWTOR wasn't up to par with expectations, that developers get to vote for themselves to advance their carrers, on a panel that has a significant proportion of EA influence. Just to give themselves awards. Journalists ran with this story, but none of which actually looked at the makeup of who was capable of the votes.
What s sham to gamers.
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