Green Monster Games announces chief

Curt Schilling's gaming company names Brett Close president; Mary Kirchoff hired as senior vice president.

As one of Major League Baseball's elite starting pitchers, Curt Schilling knows that having a staff full of aces is necessary to be a success. The EverQuest addict and Boston Red Sox hurler has announced some new hires for his game development company, Green Monster Games. Stepping into the role of president will be Brett Close, formerly of Midway Games and Electronic Arts.

Of Close, Schilling says, "My commitment right now must be on the field helping the Red Sox win another World Championship, and to do that to the best of my ability I need to know that the person in charge possesses the same thoughts, beliefs, integrity, and accountability that I feel I do, and Brett does just that."

Also joining Green Monster Games is Mary Kirchoff as senior vice president of marketing and brand development. Kirchoff previously held a post at Wizards of the Coast and is credited with discovering fantasy author R.A. Salvatore, who also works at GMG. Chaz Sutherland, formerly of Shiny Entertainment, was also hired as GMG's art director.

Green Monster Games has yet to announce its first project.

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45 comments
Smiley451
Smiley451

It's pretty cool they've got Salvatore in that studio. However, even if they've got a great guy to create the world and lore, a game NEEDS great developers, or it's just a sham.

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

Wow! Great team! They even have R.A. Salvatore working full-time at the studio! How scary & strange is that! I mean most game developers don't have full-time writers - instead, they just contract them out for several months. ... Wow, just wow, they could be making some cool RPG games, coz I mean the pitcher's said to be an Everquest addict as noted above, another person from Wizard of the Coast. Though it could just be another pointless MMORPG.

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

Curt should get Dice-K to handle his Japanese marketing!

chuckoff
chuckoff

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ssj4_2004
ssj4_2004

If it is an MMORPG, I hope they make A free version with ad's in it. And have A premium version without ad's. I'd be great for people like me, who would like to get into the MMO genre without paying A monthly fee.

treb3
treb3

they should make a lacross game

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

They need to start their first project...I'm guessing it will be a sports games

SuperVegeta518
SuperVegeta518

Schilling might as well be the chief because the Red Sox aren't going to win another World Series for a long time.

StrikerGold
StrikerGold

With Salvatore on board, as well, the company will at least have a good story and direction in their first game.

TRH4469
TRH4469

the green monster is the nickname for the huge left field wall in fenway park. this is pretty cool that a man with a love for games and as much money as curt shilling is making his own gaming company. i'm guessing the games will be action adventure style, or maybe he will try his take at sports games.

Sharvie
Sharvie

I've never heard of Green Monster. :?

jmartinez1983
jmartinez1983

ShinAkuma777: MMOs, the way you know them, can't be free online, it just way too much strain on the servers and all that. Games like Guild Wars, which resemble MMOs can be free because everything is instanced outside the cities. Don't hold your breath on a free MMO, and if it somehow is free, don't expect anything like WoW or Everquest.

ShinAkuma777
ShinAkuma777

it better be a good ass mmorpg and a free one at that(i mean free online play not the game itself)

Veritys
Veritys

No they haven't first game is suppose to be an MMORPG. Its so exciting a startup company trying to compete with the largest companys in the industry with a garage grown mmorpg. I don't care how much money he has, the guy is insane to try and re invent the wheel.

Jokul
Jokul

Have Green monster games actually released anything yet?

mld316
mld316

don't you know that is the name of the boston red sox wall in their field.

xbox360dude8
xbox360dude8

whatever game schilling's componey makes it's going to be awsome GO SOX!

777rak
777rak

lol vamroc I did not know Curt Schilling owned a company

vamroc
vamroc

He should do a patch for LOTR:BFME 2 that turns all the Orcs in to Jeter. Sauron or Sauramon could be replaced with images of George Stienbrenner and Brian Cashman.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

well should be a good game, I'd like to think anyway

nickscho
nickscho

Green Monster Games is out to make an MMO, this has been news for almost a year now. Former developers from Everquest 2 are also on his team. Curt used to be in my friends' guild in Everquest 2, more than a year ago. He is a known fan of Everquest 2 and even promoted it once. Anyone who plays EQ2 might also remember when a Curt Shilling NPC was put into the game, when you talked to him, SOE would donate some money to one of Curt's charitys. If you are worried about Curt running the show, don't be. Curt Shilling has a passion for MMORPGs, but he also has hired an awesome team who KNOW how to design one.

nappan
nappan

"SpazH3d Another Hulk game? " That would be so damned poetic I would cry. On a more serious side, as a boston fan this is just awesome. It looks like Curt has brought together some real talent for this company... here's to hoping they have a better record than the sox... ;)

cherrybomb257
cherrybomb257

Somewhat worried about an ex-EAer running the show... hopefully Curt knows what he is doing.

ff7cloudking
ff7cloudking

I've never heard of Green Monster Games before, but hopefully something good will come out of this

SpazH3d
SpazH3d

Another Hulk game? :P

racerx737
racerx737

I hadn't heard anything about this company before reading this article, but from the comments I've read it seems like mostly everyone is pretty excited about what these guys could do. Seems like something to keep an eye on.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Wonder what thier first project will be...

muppen
muppen

Congratulations!

storky
storky

There are some comments on the SoSH (Sons of Sam Horn) board that Curt's announcement to pitch in the 08 season is due to secure more financing for the GMG venture. I for one don't quite buy that, but nevertheless as a long no-longer-suffering Sox fan I can't wish anything but the best for the company and for Curt.

AzureWind213
AzureWind213

I have been reading all the press about GMG and it looks like Curt really wants to make quality games! He's not gonna make any baseball game, look at his staff! Salvatore, Close, Kirchoff, also Todd MacFarlane... he's going all out and I admire his class so far. He's also sharing 50% of the profit with the developers!!!! Anyway, GO Curt Shilling and makes us some good games!

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

This guy healed the Curse... I'll buy whatever he's selling.

GoldenSilence87
GoldenSilence87

I'm betting they'll do an action RPG first. Seems to be Curt's and RA's forte

icytower
icytower

I've got to imagine that he'll try to throw in a baseball game at some point, that would be rather interesting.

Powerhitter0418
Powerhitter0418

I think it's cool that Schilling is setting him self up for life after baseball maybe they will make some good games.