Intent on bringing originality and a sense of humor back to video gaming, the former executives of Gathering of Developers (G.O.D.) have risen from the ashes like the mighty Phoenix (if said Phoenix was a six foot tall boxing rooster) to announce the launch of a major new independent game publisher, Gamecock Media Group.
Two of the most successful entrepreneurs in the history of the game industry -- Mike Wilson, former CEO of G.O.D. and rooster enthusiast, has joined forces with Harry Miller, former president of G.O.D. and Cockpit thumb wrestling champion three years running -- are fully versed in the substantial structural and financial issues that have been plaguing today's goliath game companies. Gamecock Media Group will offer a welcome solution -- a well-funded, independent, artist-driven game publishing company -- to the bloated and originality-starved industry.
Taking its lead from the rise of the independent film movement, Gamecock Media Group will favor only the most innovative and original video game developers in the industry. The company will be relationship-driven, offering its developers a high-degree of participation and the freedom and financial incentives to perform to their utmost abilities.
"The major publishers have been focusing on safe bets -- large budget games often attached to major licenses or sequels," said Mike Wilson, CEO of Gamecock. "This insufficient emphasis on the creation of original game properties has created major dissatisfaction among the industry's most talented game designers and has made the current system unpalatable. In other words, things are getting stale. We aim to change that."
Already the industry's most creative developers are clamoring to work with Gamecock and the company has signed several major original titles across multiple platforms. Alex Seropian, founder and CEO of Bungie, creators of the best-selling Xbox franchise, Halo, has a title in the works.
"These guys have a stellar track record and a reputation for producing innovative titles," said Alex Seropian. "Their ability to identify and develop new hit properties from new teams and then market them successfully worldwide is virtually unmatched."
Gamecock already has strong global distribution alliances in place offering access to a worldwide market opportunity. And, the company's lean production studio approach allows the advantage of being agile and able to adapt to new trends and developments including leading the way for digital distribution.
Based in the downtown Victorian that was once Austin's first hospital, Gamecock Media Group will be the most attractive avenue for publication and promotion for today's "new generation" of independent developers with innovative content. According to Harry Miller, "The success of these innovators has been the building blocks for the gaming industry and is the way the industry should continue its incomparable growth."