I’m not normally in the habit of writing news articles an hour before midnight, but this one seems significant enough to break that trend. VentureBeat reports that Daybreak Game Company CEO John Smedley will be stepping down from his post and taking a leave of absence from the company before returning in a new position.

The outspoken Smedley, whose recent feud with hacker group Lizard Squad has turned ugly on several occasions, deleted his social media accounts last week, and now the move might be seen as a precursor to Smedley’s leaving the company. Chief Operating Officer Russell Shanks will be taking over as CEO.

We’ll update this story with more information as we receive it. If nothing else, we expect a formal press release from Daybreak’s PR team early tomorrow morning.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Cloak on July 23, 2015

    Hah! “Leave of absence”, more like jumping ship before it completely sinks. Now give me my refund!

  2. Curst on July 23, 2015

    Next thing you know they’ll be saying how this is not a crisis, but a new and amazing opportunity to do what they always wanted. -_-

    • Merkadis on July 23, 2015

      How is this a crisis? It’s laughable to even think that it is.

  3. Deyirn on July 23, 2015

    Such drama going on in such places is useless. First reddit, now this… lame.

  4. TORK on July 23, 2015