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John Smedley steps down as CEO of Daybreak

John Smedley, head of Daybreak (formerly Sony Online Entertainment), has stepped down as president and CEO of the company.

SOE was hacked by the Lizard Squad at the same time it took down the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live over Christmas 2014.

Unfortunately for Smedley, he was subject to a year of online harassment, with the latest incident happening after Daybreak's games were targeted once again Lizard Squad after Smedley publicly condemned the fact 17-year-old hacker Julius "zeekill" Kivimaki was convicted of more than 50,700 computer crimes but had avoided jail.

"He was the guy that brought down my flight with a bomb threat," Smedley explained on Reddit. "I've heard the entire recording where he convinced an airline customer service agent there was a bomb on the plane. He also in conjunction with others has sent me pictures of my father's grave with nasty stuff on it. I've had my entire credit history put out on the internet including my SSN and my family's info. We've had multiple social networks and other things hacked and had my family members called.

"I've also been swatted (multiple times) and had over 50 false credit applications submitted in my name and had to deal with the ramifications of what happens to your credit when this kind of thing happens. It's not good. And to top it all off they decided to submit false tax returns.

"So to put this bluntly - I want this kid in jail for a long time," he said. "You shouldn't be able to do crap like this without any hint of a consequence. I plan on doing everything in my power to see him get what's coming to him in court one way or another."

Daybreak will now be headed up by current chief operating officer Russell Shanks, with Smedley stepping down for now, but returning to the company, perhaps in a less high profile role in the future.

"I can confirm that John Smedley will be taking some time off from the company for the near-term and transitioning to a different role to be determined," a Daybreak spokesperson said in a statement. "Upon finalisation of his plans, further communication will be provided."

Smedley's been in the industry for 20 years, having worked on titles such as EverQuest, Everquest 2, Star Wars: Galaxies and The Matrix Online as well as overseeing DC Universe Online, PlanetSide 2 and H1Z1.

It's a shame to see someone so dedicated to the industry have to step down because of kids with nothing better to do with their time, but that's the world we live in.

Edited On 23 Jul, 2015

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JoeToots 1 year ago
Shame really, I loved the controversy that use to surround him.

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