Left Behind Games Cans Execs

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By Kevin Jackson, Christian Post Reporter
May 2, 2007|10:16 am

Left Behind Games Inc. (LBG) – the company responsible for the controversial video game Left Behind: Eternal Forces – has been doing a bit of house cleaning as they have made significant changes in their management.

The company has already seen the resignation of senior vice president David J. Klein, and has ended the employment of previous president, Jeffrey S. Frichner. LBG CEO Troy Lyndon also asked that the company’s three other board members resign last Friday.

Taking over as interim co-chairs of the board of directors will be Michael A. Knox and Leslie N. Bocskor, who have had many years experience in the media and gaming industry.

"I am excited about the company's future as it extends its presence as a leader in the family values, faith-based and inspirational media and entertainment marketplace," said Bocskor in a statement.

The recent cuts are most likely a result of the negative earnings that the company has been seeing in the past year, although the reasons for the change have not been explicitly revealed.

In February, the developer of LBG reported a $4.1 million loss for its third quarter, which ended on Dec. 31, on revenues of $2.2 million for the first six weeks of the game’s sales.

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"Upon ratification of the board or the company's shareholders, this appointment of interim Co-chairs will take affect," explained Lyndon in a statement. "Both Knox and Bocskor have media entertainment and public company management experience that we desperately need."

The LBG CEO has had previous experience with Knox having been partners for five years and together built Park Place Productions, part of an independent game development company.

Lyndon has also been a huge success in the gaming industry, coming out with the first 3D John Madden Football game for Electronic Arts. The Madden series has since gone on to become a billion-dollar company.

Left Behind Games Inc. first began in 2001 to introduce a game series based on the debated Left Behind book series. It has now expanded its selection and its mission is to “become the world's leading independent developer and publisher of quality interactive entertainment products that perpetuate positive values and appeal to mainstream, inspirational and gamer audiences.”

Its first release, Left Behind: Eternal Forces, received a number of criticisms from religious opponents, who said the game was too violent. The game has also received positive support.

LBG is a trademark of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

 

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