Stardock appoints Derek Paxton VP of games division

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David Hinkle
September 9th, 2013
Stardock appoints Derek Paxton VP of games division
Derek Paxton has been promoted to Vice President of Stardock Entertainment, the company has announced today. Paxton, a prominent Civilization 4 modder and Firaxis Games consultant before joining Stardock as a lead designer in 2010, will take charge of the games division and oversee all games development from here on out at Stardock.

A few months back, Stardock announced it was pursuing a Star Control reboot. Star Control, which was auctioned off by Atari in July, is a space combat series created by developer Toys for Bob in 1990 about two alien alliances locked in a brutal war.

Stardock will announce its next slate of games this October, when the company celebrates its 20th anniversary. We anticipate news of the new Star Control will be among them.
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Derek Paxton Promoted to Vice President of Stardock Entertainment

On the heels of a successful launch of Stardock's Fallen Enchantress and Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes, Paxton will lead the games division for the developer/publisher

Plymouth, MI -- September 9, 2013 – Derek Paxton has been promoted to the vice president of Stardock Entertainment and will oversee all future games development and production at the Michigan-based independent studio.

A modder-turned-studio-leader, Paxton was most recognized for his work on the Fall from Heaven mod for the popular Civilizations IV strategy game prior to joining Stardock as lead designer in 2010. Derek joined Stardock after a decade-long career working with Fortune 500 company Novell in the technology sector. Since joining Stardock in 2010, Paxton successfully brought to market the last two titles in the Elemental franchise – both of which earned positive critical receptions from top international games media and fans.

"Derek has really transformed the game studio," said Brad Wardell, President & CEO of Stardock. "His experience at managing multiple projects combined with his amazing design skills has resulted in not just better games but a better working environment for our teams."

As part of the company's 20th anniversary this October, Paxton and Stardock Entertainment will announce a series of new projects from the studio which will include new titles and more.

"I'm looking forward to the incredible opportunity to lead a studio with a legacy of creating award-winning strategy games," said Paxton. "Games are a passion for everyone who works at Stardock Entertainment and it's an honor to be able to work with such talented developers, artists and designers. I look forward to continuing the tradition of creating incredible games with the amazing team at Stardock."

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