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    Trion Background, People, and Challenges

    Being addicted to this game and looking for a distraction to my stress related to the latest issues, I decided to do a little research on the company and the people who make this game possible for us to play. I have over 25 yrs of finance background, and researching companies is a part of what I do. It is amazing what is public record, if you know where to look. Keep in mind, I am not posting this as a source to use to negatively attack or spam anyone at Trion. Rather, it has given me a greater understanding of the the company, the people, the game and their challenges, as they work to provide us with an entertaining source gaming. I have found that the people behind the company and the game are no noobies to the industry, rather, they have some impressive backgrounds. The investors are no slouches, either. I come away gaining more patience for their efforts and the challenges they face. I am hoping it will do the same for you. We can either be a part of the problem, or a part of the solution. I intend to stick around.

    Trion Worlds, Inc. (Founded 2006)
    1200 Bridge Parkway
    Redwood City, CA 94065
    (650) 631-9800

    Lars Butler, Founder & CEO
    - former VP at Electronic Arts
    - former VP at Carlyle Group (private equity)
    - PhD in Engineering from Dortmund Univ and MIT
    - MBA from Harvard Business School

    Keith Winter, COO
    - former studio head at Electronic Arts
    - BS from Pepperdine
    - MBA with Honors from University of Texas

    Nicholas Beliaeff, Sr VP Development
    - former studio head at Sony Online Entertainment (SOE)

    Chris Yates, Sr VP Technology & Platform
    - formerly with SOE
    - formerly with EA
    - former VP of Research & Development at Virgin Interactive

    John Burns, Sr VP & GM Europe
    - former VP & GM at Atari
    - formerly with EA
    - formerly with Activision

    Mark Rizzo, Sr VP Opperations
    - former Exec VP at NCSoft
    - former VP at Sony & SOE

    Chauncey Gammage, Sr VP HR

    Noah Maffitt, Sr VP Global Marketing
    - former Exec VP & GM at LiveNation

    Kelly Conway, VP Legal & Bus Affairs
    - formerly with SOE

    Investors/Business Partners:
    Time Warner, Comcast Ventures, Bertelsmann, Rustic Canyon Partners, Trinity Ventures, DCM, Ontario Teachers Pension Fund, HP

    Programming Outsourcing Partners:
    Fire Forge

    The employees, whose names I will not list here but many of which are easily available along with their positions, background, and team members, come from many of today's successful gaming companies and their experience is extensive. Companies like Sony, SOE, Electronic Arts, NCSoft and BioWare, are just a few that compose their staff.

    Also, here is a very interesting article on what Trion Worlds is most likely battling behind the scenes. Many of our issues could be attributed to these attacks, if malware or other things have been imbedded by this or other squads. http://www.cnbc.com/id/100635037


    So, before you go off on another rant against Sledgehammer70 or Myll_Erik, keep in mind that they are just people, too, trying very hard to feed our insatiable, ADD driven, immediate-returns appetite for a cutting edge gaming experience.

    See you at the next Arkfall or Siege.

    Mike Peifer (h00tz69) a.k.a. Draven Fireblood

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radon View Post
    Being addicted to this game and looking for a distraction to my stress related to the latest issues, I decided to do a little research on the company and the people who make this game possible for us to play. I have over 25 yrs of finance background, and researching companies is a part of what I do. It is amazing what is public record, if you know where to look. Keep in mind, I am not posting this as a source to use to negatively attack or spam anyone at Trion. Rather, it has given me a greater understanding of the the company, the people, the game and their challenges, as they work to provide us with an entertaining source gaming. I have found that the people behind the company and the game are no noobies to the industry, rather, they have some impressive backgrounds. The investors are no slouches, either. I come away gaining more patience for their efforts and the challenges they face. I am hoping it will do the same for you. We can either be a part of the problem, or a part of the solution. I intend to stick around.

    Trion Worlds, Inc. (Founded 2006)
    1200 Bridge Parkway
    Redwood City, CA 94065
    (650) 631-9800

    Lars Butler, Founder & CEO
    - former VP at Electronic Arts
    - former VP at Carlyle Group (private equity)
    - PhD in Engineering from Dortmund Univ and MIT
    - MBA from Harvard Business School

    Keith Winter, COO
    - former studio head at Electronic Arts
    - BS from Pepperdine
    - MBA with Honors from University of Texas

    Nicholas Beliaeff, Sr VP Development
    - former studio head at Sony Online Entertainment (SOE)

    Chris Yates, Sr VP Technology & Platform
    - formerly with SOE
    - formerly with EA
    - former VP of Research & Development at Virgin Interactive

    John Burns, Sr VP & GM Europe
    - former VP & GM at Atari
    - formerly with EA
    - formerly with Activision

    Mark Rizzo, Sr VP Opperations
    - former Exec VP at NCSoft
    - former VP at Sony & SOE

    Chauncey Gammage, Sr VP HR

    Noah Maffitt, Sr VP Global Marketing
    - former Exec VP & GM at LiveNation

    Kelly Conway, VP Legal & Bus Affairs
    - formerly with SOE

    Investors/Business Partners:
    Time Warner, Comcast Ventures, Bertelsmann, Rustic Canyon Partners, Trinity Ventures, DCM, Ontario Teachers Pension Fund, HP

    Programming Outsourcing Partners:
    Fire Forge

    The employees, whose names I will not list here but many of which are easily available along with their positions, background, and team members, come from many of today's successful gaming companies and their experience is extensive. Companies like Sony, SOE, Electronic Arts, NCSoft and BioWare, are just a few that compose their staff.

    Also, here is a very interesting article on what Trion Worlds is most likely battling behind the scenes. Many of our issues could be attributed to these attacks, if malware or other things have been imbedded by this or other squads. http://www.cnbc.com/id/100635037


    So, before you go off on another rant against Sledgehammer70 or Myll_Erik, keep in mind that they are just people, too, trying very hard to feed our insatiable, ADD driven, immediate-returns appetite for a cutting edge gaming experience.

    See you at the next Arkfall or Siege.

    Mike Peifer (h00tz69) a.k.a. Draven Fireblood

    None of these people have an easy job and have all worked hard to get to where they are. Their game has my support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YardSaleJesus View Post
    None of these people have an easy job and have all worked hard to get to where they are. Their game has my support.
    Mine too.

    Thanks for sharing the info, Radon.
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    I say the darker the flesh, the deeper the roots"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Radon View Post


    So, before you go off on another rant against Sledgehammer70 or Myll_Erik, keep in mind that they are just people, too, trying very hard to feed our insatiable, ADD driven, immediate-returns appetite for a cutting edge gaming experience.
    well said my friend
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    id love their wage
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    Regardless it is indeed a nice gesture and attempt to explain things, but unfortunately I have a feeling that it will not satiate the appetite of the masses for placing blame or still calling out individual members. The Job is not easy and the road is a long and arduous one ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duction View Post
    id love their wage
    You probably wouldn't unless you work ungodly hours a week.

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    Read the story from the provided link. Wow, I had no idea this had happened. Kaspersky is a very reputable company. It makes software for AV for computers along with other security ventures. Thanks for the info here. Very informative and it appears that Trion is thoroughly furnished with plenty of talent. Which bodes well for us who bought and play the game. Time will tell if they are talented enough to fix all the problems that have occurred already in the game. I believe they do. Time will tell.
    "Look my friend, there are 3 kinds of people in this world, those who can count and those who can't, any questions?

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    Well of course they're people and we're all bound to make mistakes.

    But how many times do you think you'd have to **** up at work before your boss forgets that you're a human being and fires your ***?

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    Too many people from **** companies like EA and SOE...
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