The Info List - Soren Johnson

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Soren Johnson is a video game designer and programmer. He was employed by Firaxis Games
Firaxis Games
from 2000 to 2007, where he co-designed several of their most popular games. In 2013 he co-founded Mohawk Games.[1] Biography[edit] Prior to his work at Firaxis, Johnson obtained a BA in history and a master's degree in computer science from Stanford University. Johnson has also been employed at Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts
as part of an internship, where he worked on Knockout Kings 2000. With Firaxis, Johnson helped in programming the popular strategy game Civilization III, also writing the entire artificial intelligence (AI). He was also the lead designer of Civilization IV, once again writing all of the AI. On April 17, 2007, it was announced that Johnson had left Firaxis to rejoin Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts
to work on Spore.[2] Johnson left EA in September 2011 to join the social network game development company Zynga.[3] He was a bi-monthly design columnist for Game Developer magazine
Game Developer magazine
and also on the Advisory Board of the Game Developer's Conference. He also runs the game design blog Designer Notes and hosts the game designer interview podcast Designer Notes. Johnson formed Mohawk Studios in 2013. Their first video game is Offworld Trading Company, an economic real-time strategy game for Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows
and OS X. [4] References[edit]

^ "About the team". Mohawk Games. Retrieved 5 November 2013.  ^ " Soren Johnson Leaves Firaxis Games". Apolyton Civilization Site. 2007-04-17. Retrieved 2007-04-19.  ^ "Soren Johnson:Why I Left EA for Zynga". gamesindustry international. 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2012-05-18.  ^ Eddie Makuch (2015-02-16). "Civ 4 Designer's Next Game Available Now". GameSpot. Retrieved 2015-02-16. 

External links[edit]

Soren Johnson's profile at MobyGames www.designer-notes.com Soren Johnson's game design blog Interview with Soren Johnson at CVG Interview with Soren Johnson about social gaming at gamesindustry international

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