Note: I submitted this article to GamesBeat, but changed the tone a little bit. You can view it here.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Kevin Dent is the CEO of Tiswaz Entertainment, COO of P4RC, Inc. and Chairperson for IGDA Mobile SIG. Never heard of any of these things? Neither have I. But it's okay - his About.me page lists him as a "Video Game Executive" and "a 14 year veteran from the digital video games space". He is also the Business Development Partner and Strategist for Rekoil, a run-of-the-mill, bare-bones military FPS currently in beta. Kevin was interviewed by Polygon on August 29th, 2012, in regards to getting Rekoil on Steam Greenlight. It's been 6 months since the article was written and the game appears to be as close to Steam Greenlight now as it was then.With these illustrious credentials, one would think that this man would be capable of defending his opinions eloquently and with a measure of maturity. Enter Kevin Dent's Twitter feed.
However, I am an informed, unbiased consumer. If my opinion is shaped by something, I share that something with others. What I don't do is attempt to personally attack those who respectfully raise legitimate thoughts on a subject that conflict with my own and I most definitely do not play the "I'm a member of a cool kids club and I can't talk about it!" card.
By the very definition of his various job titles, Kevin Dent is a professional. He's connected. Kind of. Supposedly. Whatever.
I am just not buying what he's selling. Apparently, neither is anyone else.
The bottom line is that this "video game executive" claims THE reason for "big boy indies" supporting the Ouya is because they're being paid off. This is an accusation that could use some clearing up. I have reached out to Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman via Twitter in an attempt to ascertain the truth. I imagine she is rather busy so who knows if she'll even see the tweet. I am not a member of the press. I don't have a list of credentials that may or may not be of any importance to anyone but myself.
I'm just a gamer who believes that people, including pompous "video game executives", should be held accountable for what they say. Especially when they're throwing around allegations of shady behavior.