Mark Kern

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Kern speaking at GDC 2011

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]

Career history[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.

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