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6-29-2007 @ 1:19PM
To answer your questions--Firstly, Brock Pierce is still on the Board of Directors. He's stepped down as CEO of the company, but remains on the board, as dictated in the announcement at www.affinitymedia.com. No doubletalk there.Second of all--regarding IGE. Firstly: I am WHOLLY out of my depth here. As stated in the interview, there isn't any crossover between the two businesses, and as such I know basically nothing about the inner workings of IGE, except what I have managed to gather through personal conversations with Brock. So if you want details, I recommend you contact a representative of IGE directly. But I can give you my own personal impressions.Brock is two things--he is a businessman, and he's a geek (and I use that term with fondness as one I identify with myself). He loves technology, he loves the internet, he loves games, and he loves being an entrepreneur. He started IGE in the very early days of online games, before RMT had any sort of moral connotations to go with it. He saw a point where his two loves, technology and business, came together--and he jumped on it. I think he envisioned a world where RMT would be embraced.For better or for worse, that's not the world that developed. I think Brock had the choice of either abandoning this business model which excited him so much, or fighting to make it both viable and accepted--and to me, the choice is obvious. I imagine that the scum of the earth that now fills the RMT business saddens him, because every stolen account makes it harder for the company to become an acceptable, legitimate form of doing business, which I firmly believe has been his goal all along. But again, this is just the feeling I get from having met him.I think it's worth noting that EVERY major player in the MMO industry that has actually met the ZAM Network Staff has walked away from the meeting by saying "That's a pretty cool bunch of guys." Allakhazam, Thott, and now Evilseed have all heard the stories about ZAM. But sit down and have dinner with the team, and it becomes clear who we are and what we do. It's only the hordes of people who want to cast judgement upon us from afar who can maintain such a negative opinion of us.
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