Top 20 Most Influential People in MMOs

KingsIsle Entertainment’s Coleman tops list; reps from Blizzard, Turbine, SOE, and others make their marks

DALLAS, TX (March 4, 2011) – The newest issue of Beckett Massive Online Gamer (#30 May/June 2011) contains the magazine’s annual list of the top 20 most influential people in massively multiplayer online games, as selected by the magazine’s editors, highlighting the industry’s movers and shakers over the previous year.

Leading the charge this year is Vice President and Creative Director of KingsIsle Entertainment, J. Todd Coleman, whose company reached new heights in 2010, including the release of a new expansion for its award-winning family-friendly online role-playing game, Wizard101. KingsIsle claims to have more than 15 million registered players for Wizard101, topping the 12-13 million players claimed by Blizzard’s World of Warcraft.

In addition to notables from several well-known MMORPG companies, the top 20 list also contains executives and decision-makers from other fields, whose business practices are having an impact on the MMO industry. These include Valve Corporation Founder Gabe Newell, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, all of whom produce products or services that will shape the MMO industry for 2011 and beyond.

The complete list is:

1.        J. Todd Coleman (KingsIsle Entertainment))

2.        Alex Afrasiabi (Blizzard)

3.        Kate Paiz (Turbine)

4.        Chris Cao (Sony Online Entertainment)

5.        Ryan Seabury (NetDevil Ltd. (former))

6.        Jimmy Pitaro and John Pleasants (Disney Interactive Media Group)

7.        Min Kim (Nexon America)

8.        Lars Buttler (Trion Worlds, Inc.)

9.        Gabe Newell (Valve Corporation)

10.     Mark Gerhard (Jagex Ltd.)

11.     James Ohlen (BioWare)

12.     Andreas Weidenhaupt (Frogster)

13.     Karl Mehta (PlaySpan)

14.     Mike O’Brien (ArenaNet)

15.     Alexander Rösner and Christoph Jennen (Gameforge AG)

16.     Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)

17.     Steve Jobs and Eric Chu (Apple)

18.     Sangwon Chung (Thingsoft)

19.     Mark Pincus (Zynga)

20.     Yufeng Chi (Perfect World Co. Ltd.)

You can learn more about these top decision-makers, as well as check out our choices for honorable mentions and people to watch in 2011, in the newest issue of Beckett Massive Online Gamer #30, in stores March 15.

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