Bill Stealey

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John Wilbur Stealey Sr. is an American game developer and publisher who founded MicroProse with Sid Meier. He also founded (in 1995) and is the current CEO of iEntertainment Network.[1]

Business career[edit]

Stealey took a job with General Instrument as their Director of Strategic Planning for their Systems and Service Division in Hunt Valley, Maryland.[citation needed] There he met Sid Meier and co-founded his first game company, MicroProse Software. As CEO he grew the company to over $43 million in annual sales, taking MicroProse Software public in 1991, and selling in 1993 to a Kleiner Perkins company, Spectrum HoloByte. He resigned from the company following the merger.[2]

Stealey started the game software company Interactive Magic in 1995, took it public in 1998, and sold to a private equity firm in 1999. While running iEntertainment Network, Stealey mentioned in a 1996 interview that he owned his own military training aircraft and flew it for recreation on a regular basis.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Stealey graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1970 and was, at the time he co-founded Microprose, a Major in the USAF Reserve and instructor for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, flying A-37 attack aircraft.[4] He retired from the military with the rank of Lt Col.[5]

Stealey owned the Baltimore Spirit of the National Professional Soccer League from the franchise's inception in 1992 until he sold it to Edwin F. Hale, Sr. in 1998.[6][7]

Next Generation listed Stealey in their "75 Most Important People in the Games Industry of 1995" for his roles as former head of MicroProse and then-current head of Interactive Magic.[8] Stealey left the company in 1999, but later returned as CEO in 2002.


  1. ^ About iEntertainment Network
  2. ^ "Interactive Magic". Next Generation. No. 21. Imagine Media. September 1996. pp. 109–110.
  3. ^ "An Interview with "Wild Bill" Stealey". Next Generation. No. 21. Imagine Media. September 1996. p. 112.
  4. ^ Gamers At Work: Stories Behind the Games People Play, by Morgan Ramsay, ISBN 1430233516
  5. ^ MicroProse and iEntertainment Network Inc. Announce Co-Publishing of WarBirds 2020, Online Combat Flight Simulation:
  6. ^ Ey, Craig S. "Can soccer succeed in Baltimore?" Baltimore Business Journal, Friday, August 8, 1997.
  7. ^ Sidekicks Opponents: Baltimore Blast (new-MISL) –
  8. ^ "75 Power Players". Next Generation. Imagine Media (11): 53. November 1995.

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