Last weekend, SOE President John Smedley appeared at the ninth annual meeting of The Syndicate, a thousand-strong influential multi-game guild in its fifteenth year of existence. Actually, ÂappearedÂ is a misstatement Â the man affectionately known as Smed chatted, commiserated, dined, and imbibed with the members, all the while fielding untold numbers of questions and absorbing countless rants during the five day event.
To top it off, Ten Ton Hammer was on-hand to ask Mr. Smedley a wide range of questions from the importance of strong guilds to DC Universe OnlineÂs impending launch to the fate of Star Wars Galaxies and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. His answers appear in an exclusive SyndCon 2010 interview: In The Trenches: A SyndCon 2010 Q&A with SOE's John Smedley.
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"Yea, they will go to the mat with some of our developers. But, you know what? WeÂve got to listen to them. That doesnÂt mean that everything they say, weÂll do. But weÂll listen, and weÂll give honest feedback and be as direct as we can. I donÂt want us to be a company where weÂre giving grey answers Â black or white, yes or no, and then weÂll follow through on what weÂll say weÂll do. Those are the things I want us to be known for."