StarCraft champion joins startup studio

Sean "Day9" Plott joins Silicon Valley startup Artillery to work on competitive multiplayer RTS that will be free at launch.

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StarCraft champion and web TV eSports figure Sean "Day9" Plott has joined Silicon Valley startup game developer Artillery to work on a competitive multiplayer real-time strategy game. The game will be free at launch.

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Plott joins Artillery as its head of games, along with cofounder Eric Burkhart as head of growth. Along with a group of former Google and Facebook employees, the company aims to "transform the browser into a gaming console."

Plott is a former professional StarCraft player and serves as an eSports commentator for tournaments across the world.

"We are thrilled to have Sean and Eric onboard," Artillery CEO Ankur Pansari said in a statement. "Sean is a major influencer in the StarCraft and eSports communities and it is a huge sign of validation that he is joining our team."

"As a long time player of real-time strategy games, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the team creating an incredible experience using Artillery's ground-breaking technology," Plott said.

Plott's new job will not interfere with his usual Day[9] TV show schedule.

Artillery's first game, which was not given a name, will run in-browser with "virtually no" load time. The company will share demos of its proprietary technology in the next few weeks.

GameSpot eSports reporter Rod Breslau contributed to this report.

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