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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

May 27, 2011 at 11:18 AM

New start for another Xbox founder

Otto Berkes isn’t the only Xbox founder starting something new.

Seamus Blackley, another one of the original four Xbox founders, is starting a new game development company in Los Angeles.

Blackley has been leading the games division of Creative Artists Agency, where he’s been since 2003.

Variety broke the story Thursday that he’s leaving to start his own company, and Blackely confirmed the move in an email last night.

Blackley’s hiring at CAA “breathed considerable life into the 3-year-old division.” From its report:

Since then, he’s helped lock down lucrative deals for clients, including a groundbreaking pact for Shinji Mikami and Goichi Suda to independently finance games such as their upcoming “Shadows of the Damned” that resembles how indie films are funded. He also led the deal for “Rock Band”-developer Harmonix Music Systems’ sale to Viacom.

Blackley left Microsoft in 2002 and co-founded a game financing venture called Capital Entertainment in Seattle before joining CAA.

Here’s a clip of an interview with Blackley done five years ago for ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery:

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