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Globex Studios Recruits Turbine Entertainment Exec For Upcoming MMORPG

by Rainier on May 17, 2011 @ 5:15 p.m. PDT

Online game developer and publisher Globex Studios announced that video game veteran Jason Bell has joined the company as Executive Vice President of Products, and will head production, development and pipeline planning and oversee publishing and licensing initiatives.

His appointment comes as the company readies its first portfolio of titles, including Secret Kingdoms Online, a new massively multiplayer online (MMO) game for the Greater China market.

Bell brings significant creative, strategic and international experience to Globex Studios, with a succession of pivotal industry positions and a successful track record in the expanding field of online games.  Most recently, he managed the Asheron’s Call Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) series as Executive Vice President at Turbine Entertainment while also spearheading Asia-Pacific business development.  Prior to that, he held top-level offices with Atari, where he was Senior Vice President of Creative Development on many triple-A titles; Infogrames, where he managed North American publishing operations and the French company's three West Coast studios; and Origin Systems, where he was responsible for product design, live-service quality and development for a variety of Electronic Arts' multi-player and online games.

With credits spanning franchises such as Dungeons and Dragons, The Lord of The Rings, UltimaOnline, Privateer, Air Warrior, Realms of Kesmai and Aliens, Bell is one of only a few executives in the business today whose careers have included contributing to the development and launch of more than ten MMO games.  He got his start at Virginia-based Kesmai Studios, then a NewsCorp company, where he jointly served as Creative Director and Executive Producer, among other roles. 

Globex Studios' forthcoming inaugural title, Secret Kingdoms Online, is a 3D client-based MMORPG for the PC that focuses on mount collection and mount combat.  Set in an imaginary fantasy world, the game provides unique exploration and battle experiences with five different mount classes and a multitude of equipment upgrade options.  Secret Kingdoms Online is being developed in-house and is one of many future Globex products that will offer new standard-setting free-to-play, micro-transaction-based game models.

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