Two game - industry veterans announced Monday the launch of Trion World Network, a new company focused on developing and publishing "games and original entertainment for the broadband era."
Headed by Lars Buttler, former vp of Global Online at Electronic Arts, and Jon Van Caneghem, founder and former president of New World Computing and creator of "Might and Magic and Heroes," Trion aims "to revolutionize entertainment by combining the best of online, gaming and traditional media."
Buttler will lead the company as CEO, while Van Caneghem will serve as president and chief creative officer. Buttler will draw on his experience at EA, where he led the publisher's strategy for online games and services and ran EA's Online Studio. Aside from the co - founders, Trion's team is composed of other gaming and online veterans who have developed and shipped more than 100 original titles. The company is headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., but also has a specialized Technology Center in Austin, Texas.
Trion is currently funded by Tier 1 Silicon Valley venture capital firms DCM - Doll Capital Management and Trinity Ventures. The company's founders believe that Trion will not only be successful in the gaming industry, but will also become "a leader in the emerging global multi - billion dollar broadband entertainment market."
"With ubiquitous broadband, online means leisure; people express themselves in social networks and experience interactive entertainment and games in massively connected worlds," Buttler commented. "We started Trion to leverage all the inherent capabilities of broadband, provide original entertainment, and define the future of media in the global broadband era."
"Broadband has created a new frontier in game development, similar to the first explosion of game development in the 1980's," Van Caneghem said. "Designers are free to be creative and explore concepts and designs that were previously impossible or unheard of." – less