The last of the four founders ousted from Red 5 Studios
Co-founder and CEO of Red 5 Studios, Mark Kern, has been voted out of the company behind FireFall “effectively immediately.” Mark was also removed from the board, and no longer has any authority with Red 5. The story comes via an email sent to employees obtained by Game Front, which you can read for yourself below.
The troubled free-to-play shooter has been going through a lot of issues, from layoffs in September that saw a 10% reduction in staff, to the suspension and retooling of the PvP element that only drew in 3% of players.
“My fellow Red 5ers,
“Today, the Red 5 Studios Board of Directors met and after deliberation have decided that Mark Kern will no longer be the Chief Executive Officer or on the Board of Red 5 Studios. Effective immediately Mark will no longer have any authority to act for or on behalf of Red 5 Studios.
“As one of the founders of Red 5 Studios and our leader for many, many years, we owe Mark a great deal of appreciation for all that he has done to help build this company and to set the vision for an incredible new game. I am personally grateful for my relationship with Mark and the many years I have worked with him.
“This is a major change to our company. Your managers and I will set to work to cover any and all areas that Mark was directly handling and we are continuing to solidify the plan for 2014. I assure you that we are and will continue to be here to serve and support each of you.
“We will be holding a team meeting to discuss this topic at 11:15 a.m. tomorrow but I wanted to make sure you were officially informed of this significant change to your company.
“Please grab me or any of the managers at any time or give us a call if you would like to discuss in private.
“Please refrain from discussing this topic outside the company.