Jim Hicke is a software industry veteran with over 25 years of management and software development experience. Prior to joining the gaming industry, Jim was part of multiple successful high-technology startups. During that period, he served as a Director of Research and Development and a Board of Directors member for ENFIN Software Corporation as well as a Vice President of Research & Development at MicroTac Software, a publicly traded company. Jim entered the game development industry by founding Chantemar Creations Inc. and shipping his first product, Steel Reign, under Sony's SCEA label. Recognizing the potential of the new MMO genre, Jim joined a team of developers that went on to found Verant Interactive. During his tenure at Verant, which later become Sony Online Entertainment, Jim was solving technical problems unique to the new MMO RTS genre and using his expertise to help the EverQuest II team. Jim is now a partner in Xtreme Strategy Games(tm), where he is using his entrepreneurial skills and technical expertise in bringing to market the next generation of games and gaming technologies.