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MZ CEO Gabe Leydon leaves Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire developer

MZ CEO Gabe Leydon leaves Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire developer

MZ CEO Gabe Leydon is leaving the Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire developer 10 years after he founded it.

Leydon is departing to head up MZ’s technology platform Satori as a standalone business. It's not clear how MZ will be involved in the business moving forward, if at all.

That tech appears to have evolved from when it was originally launched, now pitched as a real-time messaging platform that is being paired with blockchain technology.

New boss

Replacing Leydon as CEO of MZ is Kristen Dumont, who has served as the firm’s COO since 2015.

MZ CTO of Games Vincenzo Alagna meanwhile has been appointed as president of games.

“One of MZ’s core strengths is our ability to transform and innovate, and this transition will be no different,” said Dumont.

“MZ is an incredibly strong tech company, fueled by the most talented engineers, developers and creatives in the industry. I’m excited to have Vincenzo step up as president of games, as he is uniquely positioned to continue building upon MZ’s success in creating games that engage players on a global scale.”

Leydon added: "Kristen is one of the most talented executives in the Valley and has already proven her ability to handle the company’s complex operations, so I know she’ll be a strong leader for MZ’s core business.

“My passion has always been in the real-time technology that we’ve developed through MZ’s games and smart cities platform. I’m excited to focus on what Satori can do when paired with blockchain technology.”

MZ has made billions of dollars in the mobile games market thanks to just a handful of titles, namely Game of War, Mobile Strike and Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire.

The company’s harsh monetisation practices have proven controversial in some quarters, but this hasn’t stopped players spending big.

Recently the company began a recruitment drive looking for more than 70 staff, suggesting a brand new game could be in the works.

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Craig Chapple is Senior Editor of PocketGamer.biz and InfluencerUpdate.biz. He was previously Deputy Editor at Develop and Online Editor at Nintendo of Europe.

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Chandler Mc Carthy
(Seriously?!) This step had to be taken to focus on strengths. Thinking outside the box is the only way for them to create smth radically different from games.
James Dawson
Leydon is a complete sociopathic conman. Satori is a hodge podge of Google services with no unique IP. I don't doubt for a minute that Leydon has some kind of bitcoin-style ponzi scheme in mind. Smoke and mirrors it is!
I. C. FOOLS Tech
Why don't you all dig in and find out what is really at play instead of republishing a marketing generated PR fluff piece?

That model of success this publication has so often touted is now quickly spiraling down the digital toilet that has been long deserved. That satori thing is much of the same... a big smoke and mirrors show, just like the MZ bait and switch scams that have masqueraded as games.
Kevin McClintock
I agree
Craig Chapple Editor at PocketGamer.biz
This is not a fluff piece it's a news item that's of genuine interest to people within the games industry. We report on jobs news all the time.
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