Mark Kern

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Mark E. Kern is an American video game designer best known for being a team lead on the video game World of Warcraft and a founder of Red 5 Studios.[1]

Creation of Red 5 Studios[edit]

Kern left Blizzard in 2006 to co-found the development company Red 5 Studios. There he worked on the title Firefall before eventually leaving the company[2] after being voted out as CEO by the Red 5's Board of Directors.[3]

League For Gamers[edit]

In 2012, Kern started the League For Gamers in response to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act.[4][5] Kern said that the League For Gamers would stand as an advocacy group for the gaming community. He intended it to rival the Entertainment Software Association which focused more on publisher rights, in light of its support of SOPA. Red 5 Studios' website went offline on the 18th of January to draw attention to the legislation.[6]

Controversies[edit]

In the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub, Kern's Twitter account was suspended after he made comments critical of the US Department of Justice and the US State Department.[7] His account was reinstated after articles appeared at Breitbart News, Drudge Report and Notch, with the explanation that the header for his Twitter account had been judged pornographic. However, Kern had made no change in the header.[8]

Career history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edery, David (March 1, 2015). Interview with Mark Kern (Red 5 Studios). (Interview). Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ Olivetti, Justin (March 1, 2015). ""Mark Kern Addresses His Departure from Red 5 Studios"". Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Hornshaw, Phil (December 20, 2013). ""Red 5 Board Votes Out Co-Founder Mark Kern As CEO"". Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ Parrish, Kevin (January 18, 2012). ""SOPA Drama Creates ESA Rival, the League For Gamers"". Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ Usher, William. ""League For Gamers Fights Against Video Game Warning Label Bill H.R. 4204"". Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ Lenhardt, Heinrich (January 17, 2012). ""SOPA controversy creates rival to game industry group ESA; LFG aims to be "the NRA for gamers""". Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ Bokhari, Allum (13 June 2016), Game Developer Mark Kern Banned On Twitter For Saying Radical Mosques Should Be Surveilled, Breitbart, retrieved 14 June 2016 
  8. ^ Bokhari, Allum (14 June 2016), Game Developer Who Called For Mosque Surveillance Reinstated On Twitter Following Breitbart Article, Breitbart, retrieved 14 June 2016 

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