Red 5 Studios, the developers behind the MMOFPS Firefall, have removed Mark Kern from his role as Red 5’s chief executive officer. Mark Kern was the last of the four original founders of Red 5, who started the studio in 2006 after leaving Blizzard. The decision was reached after Red 5’s board of directors voted on the matter.
Not only was Kern removed as CEO, the board effectively ousted him from the entire company. In an email sent to all Red 5 employees and obtained by Gamefront, James Macualey, Red 5’s Vice President of Development and now acting CEO of Red 5 stated “Mark will no longer have any authority to act for or on behalf of Red 5 Studios”. Macauley went on to reassure team members, saying “we are and will continue to be here to serve and support each of you”.
No reason has yet been given (either in the email or to the public) as to why the board decided to remove Kern, but delays and mismanagement involving the studios flagship MMO are most likely to blame. The studio cut a portion of its staff in September around the same time we reported on Red 5’s employees seemingly overwhelming dissatisfaction with the studios current direction it was heading.