Kesmai was a pioneering game developer and online game publisher, founded in 1981 by [1 ] Kelton Flinn and John Taylor. The company was best known for the combat flight sim on the Air Warrior GEnie online service, one of the first graphical MMOGs, launched in 1987. They also developed an ASCII-based MUD, , which ran on Island of Kesmai CompuServe.
The company was acquired by
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in 1994. [2 ] The company continued to develop massively multiplayer games such as [3 ] Air Warrior 2 and . They distributed their games through Legends of Kesmai AOL and eventually a new gaming service formed with three other publishers, GameStorm. [4 ]
CompuServe in 1997 and retooled its AOL Games Channel in a way that placed Kesmai unfavorably compared to its own games division, WordPlay. Kesmai sued AOL for monopolistic practices. The suit was settled out of court with undisclosed terms. [5 ] [6 ]
In 1999, the company was
sold to Electronic Arts, and the company's studios were subsequently closed in 2001. Upon closure a number of the Kesmai staff went to work for Lodestone Games, also located in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Flinn selected the name
Kesmai from a set of names that were output by a random name generator that he wrote for in-game use.
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