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Top Secret Winner Announced

Posted Jun 30, 2008 by Jon Wood

Top Secret Winner Announced

The makers of Top Secret, the MMORPG being developed by the community, have announced the winner of the design contest. Michael Zummo will be offered the Director job on the project, under the watchful eye of Executive Producer David Perry.

Los Angeles (June 27, 2008) – Today Project “Top Secret” officially reaches the most anticipated milestone yet as we announce the winner… No, scratch that – the winners of the Top Secret Design Contest.

This project has claimed three major game industry milestones.  It’s the biggest development team in history (60,000+ people) on a single game development project.  It’s also the biggest user-generated game design team.  And it’s the biggest career hike ever given as a prize (from outside the industry to Game Director).

Before we announce today’s winner, we want to say that we have had winners all along:
Within two weeks of Project “Top Secret’s” launch, David Perry (the project’s Director) hired Michael Liebwein, who designed a new game for Acclaim that’s now in development.
Soon after hiring Michael, Perry hired Paul Lipscombe directly from the forums (based on the reputation system the site used).  Paul who was #1 at that time, is now directing a new project with David Perry to celebrate Flash Game Development talent - www.thefanawards.org
Matt Edwards was hired (again from this community) to be the programmer for www.thefanawards.org
Michelle Montierth, co-director of the Top Secret Advisory Board, has just been hired as the head of Acclaim’s new localization department.

All of these talented and dedicated individuals came from our Top Secret community.

“I think we’ve proven that this is a great way to find super passionate people, by creating an incredibly difficult task, unleashing it on a massive amount of people who live for games, using the latest internet technologies, and hiring the ones that rose to the top.  It’s a win-win and you can be sure we will be doing more of it in the future,” says David Perry.

In fact, Acclaim is already interviewing other members of the community so you can expect more of our Top Secret standouts to be working in the game industry, just as we hoped at the beginning of the project.  Moreover, each finalist will receive a personal industry letter of recommendation from David Perry describing their contributions to the project.

And now the winner of the Directorship – Michael “Doran” Zummo. 

Mike will be offered the biggest career bump in the industry as he’s offered the directorship of an upcoming game from Acclaim Games, working with David Perry as Executive Producer.

“This was a closer contest than some people might think,” says Assistant Director Rusel DeMaria, “but Mike was always among our top choices.  His dedication to the project has never wavered for almost a year and a half of consistent effort – while holding down a full-time job!  Mike has a steady, honest and humble demeanor, a great attention to detail and a phenomenal work ethic. He has all the makings of a great game director.”

Congratulations Mike!  You have joined a small, but growing group of Top Secret members who are getting a giant leap forward into the industry they love.

“We offered to change one person’s career path forever,” says Perry, “and we ended up doing it for five.  I call that a success, and I’m excited to see what they all come up with!”

Read more about it here.

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