John Skruch

Currently Assistant District Manager, Field Service Division, George S. May International Company

Sales manager for mid-California territory, focused on Silicon Valley. Work with clients to advise on diverse business improvement processes and models. Successfully creating and implementing new ideas for business improvement and sales strategies.

While at Atari
Director of Licensing, Atari Corporation June 1982 to April 1998

Responsible for the negotiation and sale of all of Atariís intellectual property assets to Hasbro Interactive.

Responsible for over $3 million annually in incremental revenue from LCD toy and clothing licensees in 1997 and 1998.
 

Director of Software Development

Hired and managed a staff that varied due to company direction but maximized at six programmers, ten animators, two sound designers, sixteen testers and four producers.

Responsible for all aspects of development from initial concept, game play, game flow and UI design to final inventory with both internal and external development teams in the USA and Europe.

Managed over 125 computer and video game products into inventory.

Initiated the concept of updating classic games with the debut of Tempest 2000.

Was involved in some of the first design and development of both modem connected gaming with the Atari 800 line and up to sixteen simultaneous user multiplayer gaming with the Lynx handheld game system.

Responsible for the first product into inventory of each new Atari hardware product line.

Operations Manager, Atarisoft Product Line

Responsible for technical support, quality control, and schedule attainment of all Atarisoft manufacturing sites and at all subcontractors.

Senior Engineer in the Software Product Engineering Department

Responsible for technical support of all Atari 800 Computer Software products at all Atari manufacturing sites worldwide.

List of Products Directly Produced by John Skruch 7/84 to 2/96

Atari 2600:

Crossbow

Atari 7800:

Ace of Aces

Impossible Mission

Commando

Jinks

Crack'ed

Realsports Baseball

Crossbow

Summer Games

Dark Chambers

Super Huey

Fight Night

Touchdown Football

Hat Trick

Tower Toppler

Atari XE Game System on Cartridge:

Ace of Aces

Fight Night

Airball

Food Fight

Archon

Into the Eagle's Nest

Ballblazer

Gato

Battlezone

Hardball

Barnyard Blaster

Karateka

Blue Max

Lode Runner

Choplifter

Mario Bros.

Commando (not sold)

Necromancer

Crimebuster

One-On-One Basketball

Crossbow

Rescue on Fractalus

Crystal Castles

Star Raiders II

Dark Chambers

Summer Games

David's Midnight Magic

Thunderfox

Deflektor (not sold)

Tower Toppler (not sold)

Desert Falcon

Atari 400/800/XE Computer on Disk:

Atari Planetarium

Proofreader

Atariwriter 80

Silent Butler

Atariwriter Plus

SX Express

DOS 2.5

The Learning Phone

DOS XE

XE Term

Music Painter

Atari ST Computer:

Arrakis Edu. Series (14 sku's)

Missile Command

Atari Planetarium

Moon Patrol

Crack'ed

Robotron:2084

LLamazap

Steel Talons

Atari Portfolio:

Hyperlist

PowerBasic

Tetris (not sold)

Atari Lynx:

Baseball Heroes

Klax

Batman Returns

Kung Food

Battlezone 2000

Lemmings

Blue Lightning

Ms. Pac-Man

California Games

Pit Fighter

Checkered Flag

Rampage

Chip's Challenge

Rampart

Crystal Mines II

Shanghai

Dirty Larry-Renegade Cop

Slime World

Electrocop

Warbirds

Eye of the Beholder (not sold)

Xenophobe

Gates of Zendocon Zarlor

Mercenary

Gauntlet the Third Encounter

Atari Jaguar:

Breakout 2000

Missile Command 3D

Brett Hull NHL Hockey (i/p)

Raiden

Checkered Flag

Skyhammer (i/p)

Cybermorph

Tempest 2000

Defender 2000

Tempest 2000 CD Soundtrack

Dino Dudes

Zool 2

FlipOut!

Zoop

Atari Interactive PC-CD:

Dante's Inferno (i/p)

Return to Crystal Castles (i/p)

FlipOut! (i/p)

Tempest 2000

Licensing:

Gametek- Humans (Dino Dudes) on PC, Genesis, Game Boy.

Microsoft- Asteroids, Battlezone, Centipede, Missile Command and Tempest on PC.

Nintendo- Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede and Missile Command on Game Boy.

Sega- Centipede, Missile Command and Pong on Game Gear and Genesis.

THQ- Battlezone and Super Breakout on Game Boy.

Virgin- Breakout, Centipede and Missile Command on Sega Master System (UK).

Activision- Asteroids derivative on all systems.

Interplay- Tempest 2000 on all systems.

Atari Games Corporation- Asteroids, Battlezone, Centipede, Breakout, Tempest on PSX and Saturn.

Micro Games of America- Asteroids, Centipede, Breakout, Missile Command for LCD games.

FilmMagic- GameFilm tools and technology.

Stanley Desantis, Inc.- Asteroids, Centipede, Pong, Tempest, Missile Command for T-shirts (USA.)

Black Cat Communications - Atari name and logo, Asteroids, Centipede for T-shirts (UK.)

Hasbro Interactive - Sold all of the Atari intellectual property assests owned by JTS Corporation.

Additional Info:

Guest speaker at the 2004 Classic Gaming Expo.

International Game Developer Association charter member.

Products have won well over 25 CES, E3 and gaming magazine awards.

Was profiled in the book "Inside Electronic Game Design" ISBN #1559586699