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If you’ve enjoyed Daybreak Game Company President John Smedley’s social media accounts for its game updates, industry insights, and the occasional rant… well, you’re out of luck. They’re gone, both on Twitter and Reddit (note “by [deleted]”).

Smed’s been involved in an ongoing war with hacker group Lizard Squad for some time now, which has resulted in several DDoS attacks against Daybreak’s game servers and, most seriously, a bomb threat being called in to a plane that Smedley was traveling on last year.

Most recently, Smedley was critical of the light sentencing given to Lizard Squad member Julius Kivimaki, whom he accuses of being behind the bomb threat as well as participating in the DDoSes and swatting attacks against Smedley. “I want this kind in jail for a long time,” he said.

After making those statements, Daybreak’s games were hit with another round of DDoS attacks late last week, and Smedley apologized to fans via Twitter that his temper got the best of him and that his harsh statements were probably the reason for the downtime.

We reached out to Daybreak Game Company regarding this matter and received the following response:

“As company policy, Daybreak cannot comment on personal employee matters so they have nothing to add to this story.”

That probably means that Smedley deleted the accounts on his own volition, and rules out “Lizard Squad hacking” as the culprit. Rather, it seems more likely that Smedley left Twitter and Reddit so as to control his emotional outbursts, which, as of last week, cost his company revenue, not to mention stressing out the employees who had to work overtime to get things running properly.

Still, it’s hard to see this as anything but a victory of sorts for Lizard Squad and similar Internet degenerates who have shown that they can silence a prominent voice in gaming through their efforts. Like him or hate him, Smedley could be informative and entertaining at his best and always seemed passionate about not just his company’s games, but games in general.

UPDATE: It looks like Smed did manage to say a farewell on Reddit before nuking that account, and the deletions were his decision alone:

I walked away from Twitter of my own choice.

I really love making games. It makes me happy. I saw Twitter as a great way to talk 1-1 with players which I love doing. I’m simply not going to let this make me lose focus….but I am going to walk away from Twitter and not miss it for a second. Life’s too short to let things distract me from what I really like doing. I will miss the interaction with our players though. A great deal.

Smed

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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. Trumbles on July 18, 2015

    Bunch of retarded scriptkiddies who want to feel important.

    Swatting and sending in fake bomb threats should carry a VERY hefty punishment.

  2. Todoran on July 18, 2015

    f u c k SWTOR

  3. sefse on July 18, 2015

    sfsdfsdf

  4. Merkadis on July 17, 2015

    “and similar Internet degenerates”
    I see mmobomb wants to be next, lol.
    I personally support guys like Lizard Squad, there must always be someone to remind all kinds of f.a.t.s.o.s out there what happens if you start showing your d.a.m.n ego too much.

    • Krucible on July 18, 2015

      So you support terrorists? Nice to know.

      • sefse on July 18, 2015

        your mom supports my dlck in her mouth son

        • Krucible on July 18, 2015

          That hurt, really.

          That was sarcasm btw, just in case it went right over your head.

    • Raidey on July 19, 2015

      “It’s good that there are people who harass others and hurt their business just because I don’t like them!”

  5. Merkadis on July 17, 2015

    “and similar Internet degenerates”

    I see mmobomb wants to be next, lol.
    I personally support guys like Lizard Squad, there must always be someone to remind all kinds of fatsos what happens if you start showing your damn ego too much. 🙂

  6. racccoon on July 17, 2015

    Its all a marketing plot to gather more revenue & as its not working what else do you do but delete it as rubbish. like we do all day.. lol

  7. Jokul on July 17, 2015

    Smedley you’re a loose cannon! A maverick!

  8. NopnopanNOP on July 17, 2015

    in all honestly who came up with the name lizard squad….. Like you thought that was a good name or something ???????!??!?!??!?!

  9. NopnopanNOP on July 17, 2015

    in all honestly who came up with the name lizard squad….. Like you thought that was a good name or something ???????!??!?!??!?!

  10. Jafarson on July 17, 2015

    oopsies! wrong comment on wrong post 😀 😀 😀 this comment was for SWTOR new patch….

  11. Jafarson on July 17, 2015

    f u c k SWTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that half – free s h i t !!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. some random scottish guy on July 17, 2015

    Like him or hate him it doesnt actually matter, what matters is who will these lizards attack next.

    This lizard group are black hats there is no two ways about it. There going to fuck every hacker up in the future with this bullshit. The laws will be changed for the worse and we can only thank the lizard squad.

    Most hackers want to go unnoticed, these guys are clearly hitting headlines on purpose and make no mistake about it if they keep this up, strict laws will be put in place, that will secure the globalization of the monetised world.

  13. Cloak on July 17, 2015

    “Smedley could be informative and entertaining at his best and always seemed passionate about not just his company’s games, but games in general.”

    So “passionate” his game turned out to be one giant lie! I hope this game falls flat on its face without any signs of recovery.

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