Mind Candy founder and CEO Michael Acton Smith announced via a YouTube video that he is leaving the company. Smith founder the company in 2004 and saw great success with its popular mobile game Moshi Monsters. But smith says that the great success the company experienced forced him to spend less time developing games and more time handling the business side of things. His departure from the company is a return to getting back to the art of making games.
"Mind Candy, over the last two years, has got a lot more complex," he said in a video intended to squash rumors that he was leaving the company altogether. "We've gone from a one product company to multiple products, to multiple studios, to staff based all over the world. The challenges are a lot more complex."
"I've been doing some deep thinking, and I am self-aware enough to know that I am much better on the creative side of business than on the operations side. That probably doesn't come as too much of a surprise to anyone who's worked with me."
Acton Smith will stay in a management role, but it will be one entirely focused on creative and the company's new projects: The Warriors and PopJam. As part of the change, Mind Candy's current COO and CFO, Divinia Knowles, will become the company's new president until a new CEO can be found.
Meanwhile, Mind Candy is officially looking for a new CEO. Smith says that the right candidate for the job would be someone with "entertainment, media and traditional big company experience."