MacLean Takes 38 Studios Helm

38 Studios, the Maynard, MA-based online gaming company founded by Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, said today that former CEO Brett Close has resigned, and that Jennifer MacLean, formerly the startup’s senior vice president of business development, has been appointed as his successor. Close has led development of 38 Studios’ massively multiplayer online fantasy game property, code named Project Copernicus, since 2007. He said in a statement that “I’ve had the privilege of building 38 Studios to become an established force of IP creation and entertainment…I leave with confidence in the future success of the company and have no doubt its products will excite gamers worldwide.” Schilling praised incoming CEO MacLean, who joined 38 Studios from Comcast in March 2008, as “a deserving and extraordinary member of the 38 Studios team.” The company said MacLean is chairwoman emeritus of the Independent Game Developers Association, and that she was named by gaming site Gamasutra as one of the “Top 20 Women in Games.”

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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