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.


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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