38 Studios loses CEO and high-profile VP, LinkedIn suggests

Two of 38 Studios’ top executives have apparently left the struggling company.

38 Studios CEO Jen MacLean, who’s been on maternity leave for the past two months, removed the title of chief executive from her LinkedIn profile on Wednesday and listed the date of her departure from the video game company as March.

John Blakely, 38 Studios’ senior vice president of product development, also revised his LinkedIn profile to show that he left the company this month, describing his work there in the past tense: “I was responsible for leading the 38 Studios development teams in Baltimore, MD and Providence, RI.”

MacLean and Blakely did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Blakely was still with the company as recently as Monday evening, when he joined Curt Schilling at a meeting of the R.I. Economic Development Corporation board to discuss the company’s cash crisis. He joined the firm in January.

An EDC spokeswoman could not immediately comment on the executives’ status.

On March 15, 38 Studios trumpeted the hirings of Blakely and another new senior vice president, Mark Hansen, in a press release that described their arrivals as a sign the company was bringing in executives well-versed in the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game industry it’s targeting with “Project Copernicus.”

“John and Mark [Hansen] have had a decade of experience, and success, in the MMO space and I’m excited they are now part of the 38 Studios family,” Schilling said at the time.

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37 thoughts on “38 Studios loses CEO and high-profile VP, LinkedIn suggests

  1. Jen MacLean has the perfect excuse to bail out. She is one of the major culprits. I question how much she received for severance before she left. Rhode Island gave this woman a very big baby gift.

  2. Maybe I’m stupid, but I’m a bit flummoxed when I look at Jen MacLean’s background. I’m a top school MBA with a background in software development and project management. For the life of me I cannot fathom why someone with background (BA in International Relations, MBA and big corporate experience) would be reasonably qualified to nurture a start-up. I’ve been in both start-ups and Fortune 1000 companies, and frankly most corporate types don’t really fit in the chaos, unrestrained egos and limited resources of a start-up. If you haven’t really been a key part of a start-up from the earliest months, you will never really “get it” in terms of the nascent duchies the managers try to build, or the inevitable feature creep that will deplete your resources and vaporize your delivery date. Unlike a corporate environment, many of your workers haven’t worked together before and (unlike you) aren’t 9 to 5 corporate software development types at an AOL or Comcast. Most of all, your project isn’t backed by the deep pockets of a corporation, making missteps and architecture snafus fatal.

    That’s not to say corporate types with MBAs do not add value. They add tremendous value! However you add the corporate bureaucrats when you’re close to finishing Version 1.0 at the very earliest, not during the earliest developmental stages of a release.

    • Jen MacLean has been in the videogame industry for something like 20 years and is incredibly well respected. She’s more than qualified.

  3. That’s what happens when you bite off more than you can chew. First Amalur, which wasn’t really that stellar, and then also work on an mmorpg? Pretty much at the same time? How crazy can one be.

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