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Project â€˜Top Secretâ€™ Announces Winner(s)
Los Angeles (June 27, 2008) â€“ Today Project â€œTop Secretâ€ officially reaches the most anticipated milestone yet as we announce the winnerâ€¦ No, scratch that â€“ the winners of the Top Secret Design Contest.
This project has claimed three major game industry milestones. Itâ€™s the biggest development team in history (60,000+ people) on a single game development project. Itâ€™s also the biggest user-generated game design team. And itâ€™s the biggest career hike ever given as a prize (from outside the industry to Game Director).
Before we announce todayâ€™s winner, we want to say that we have had winners all along:
â€¢ Within two weeks of Project â€œTop Secretâ€™sâ€ launch, David Perry (the projectâ€™s Director) hired Michael Liebwein, who designed a new game for Acclaim thatâ€™s now in development.
â€¢ Soon after hiring Michael, Perry hired Paul Lipscombe directly from the forums (based on the reputation system the site used). Paul who was #1 at that time, is now directing a new project with David Perry to celebrate Flash Game Development talent – http://www.thefanawards.org
â€¢ Matt Edwards was hired (again from this community) to be the programmer for http://www.thefanawards.org
â€¢ Michelle Montierth, co-director of the Top Secret Advisory Board, has just been hired as the head of Acclaimâ€™s new localization department.
All of these talented and dedicated individuals came from our Top Secret community.
â€œI think weâ€™ve proven that this is a great way to find super passionate people, by creating an incredibly difficult task, unleashing it on a massive amount of people who live for games, using the latest internet technologies, and hiring the ones that rose to the top. Itâ€™s a win-win and you can be sure we will be doing more of it in the future,â€ says David Perry.
In fact, Acclaim is already interviewing other members of the community so you can expect more of our Top Secret standouts to be working in the game industry, just as we hoped at the beginning of the project. Moreover, each finalist will receive a personal industry letter of recommendation from David Perry describing their contributions to the project.
And now the winner of the Directorship â€“ Michael â€œDoranâ€ Zummo.
Mike will be offered the biggest career bump in the industry as heâ€™s offered the directorship of an upcoming game from Acclaim Games, working with David Perry as Executive Producer.
â€œThis was a closer contest than some people might think,â€ says Assistant Director Rusel DeMaria, â€œbut Mike was always among our top choices. His dedication to the project has never wavered for almost a year and a half of consistent effort â€“ while holding down a full-time job! Mike has a steady, honest and humble demeanor, a great attention to detail and a phenomenal work ethic. He has all the makings of a great game director.â€
Congratulations Mike! You have joined a small, but growing group of Top Secret members who are getting a giant leap forward into the industry they love.
â€œWe offered to change one personâ€™s career path forever,â€ says Perry, â€œand we ended up doing it for five. I call that a success, and Iâ€™m excited to see what they all come up with!â€
About Mike Zummo
Mike Zummo (nicknamed Doran in the project), age 34, is a usability expert and avid gamer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has served as co-director of the Top Secret Advisory Board since its inception in November 2007. Mike presides over many meetings with team members from around the world and writes a weekly Whatâ€™s Going On section and has contributed steadily to the Top Secret design.
About Acclaim Games
Based in Beverly Hills California, Acclaim Games is a revolutionary new company with a familiar name. In 2005 the cofounder of Activision, Howard Marks, purchased the company confident that the Acclaim name would surpass its former glory as one of Americaâ€™s marquee brands. Today, Acclaim Games offers only the finest free to play multiplayer online games with a focus on community, playability and most importantly fun. To learn more please visit http://www.acclaim.com.
About David Perry
David Perry is a 27 year industry veteran whose games have sold over a billion dollars at retail. Heâ€™s the Chief Creative Officer of Acclaim Games, Inc. and prior to that was the founder of Shiny Entertainment, Inc. which was purchased by Atari. For more information, please visit: http://www.dperry.com.
Congratulations Mike Zummo!!!
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