Top 20 People in Massively Multiplayer Online Games

DALLAS, TX (May 28, 2009) --- Beckett Massive Online Gamer magazine has released its annual list of the most influential people in massively multiplayer online games for 2008 in the July-August #19 Issue.

For the second year in a row World of Warcraft's Rob Pardo, EVE Online’s Hilmar Petursson, Sony Online Entertainment’s John Smedley and Cryptic’s Jack Emmert have all made it again onto The Top 20 Most Influential People in the MMO Industry list.

Each year Beckett Massive Online Gamer highlights the most talented people in massively multiplayer video games and gives details on how they've influenced the future of the industry.“This year there are 10 new faces to our annual Top 20 list,” said Doug Kale, Editorial Director for Beckett Massive Online Gamer.“The newest star is Todd Coleman of KingsIsle Entertainment. Todd helped launch one of the hottest new MMOs in 2008, Wizard101, which now has over 2 million registered users."

Background information of the people on this year’s Top 20 list can be found in this latest issue of Beckett Massive Online Gamer that hits newsstands this week.

The complete list of the Top 20 Most Influential People in the MMO Industry:

1. Rob Pardo

2. Hilmar Pétursson

3. John Smedley

4. Jack Emmert

5. Mark Jacobs

6. Todd Coleman

7. Min Kim

8. Andrew Gower

9. Chris Cheung

10. Michael Capps

11. Raph Koster

12. Rob Seaver

13. Jeffrey Steefel

14. Russell Williams

15. Gaute Godager

16. Richard Garriott

17. Min Kim

18. Gordon Walton

19. David Perry

20. Jeff Hickman&Paul Barnett

Plus, three new Honorable Mentions have also been included this year.

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