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Derek Smart

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For the rugby league footballer of the 1950s, and 1960s, see Derek Smart (rugby league).

Derek K. Smart is an American video game designer. He is the president and lead developer of 3000AD, Inc., an indie game development company based in Aventura, FL. In addition he is the president of and investor in the development company Quest Online.[1] Smart is an independent video game designer and software developer, and the creator of several video game series.


Through his 3000AD company, Smart has developed a total of nineteen games to date,[2] across his various franchise properties; most of which are derivative works. Through his Quest Online company, he also worked on the completion of the MMO Alganon as well as that game's expansion pack, Rise of the Ourobani.[3] In 2008, Smart's 3000AD company has entered a partnership with GamersGate, covering the digital distribution of the Universal Combat series as well as upcoming releases planned by 3000AD, Inc.[4][5]

Derek Smart is a board member of the Miami chapter of the International Game Developers Association.[6] In 1996, Take 2 Interactive released his first game, Battlecruiser 3000AD. Prior to the release Smart and Take 2 were involved in a dispute over the premature release of the game. The matter was later settled out of court.[7] Smart also signed a deal with DC Comics in which several comics have been created for his Line of Defense games.[8][9][10] A comic for Alganon was also released.[11]

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Online activities

Computer Games Magazine wrote that "over time, his reputation as an online defender of his games and unabashed pistol-whipper of his enemies overshadows the games themselves."[12] A 2012 in-depth article regarding the disconnect between his real-life and online alter-ego was authored by media veteran Russ Pitts and published by Polygon.[13]


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