Quest Online was founded in February 2006 by serial investor Gregory Wexler and a group of investors. In early 2010 after a restructuring of the company, video game industry veteran Derek Smart was brought in as an investor, partner, and team lead.
DEREK SMART, Ph.D. – PARTNER
An industry veteran, Derek Smart first appeared in the gaming industry in 1992 when Computer Games & Strategy Plus (now Computer Games Mag) previewed his first game, Battlecruiser 3000AD (a.k.a BC3K), which he started developing in the late nineteen eighties while working in the vertical market sector of the computer industry in Europe. Heralded as one of the most advanced space sims for its time, BC3K went to become the de-facto standard for niche space games.
He shot to notoriety when in 1996, his then publisher, Take Two (NASDAQ:TTWO), released BC3K in its Beta form. Amidst much controversy, the matter was later settled out of court. Shortly after, he released the entire game for free on the Internet.
Over the years, he has been a prominent industry player and regarded as one of the quintessential indie developers. An eccentric and vocal personality, Derek and his games have been featured in many print and online publications, including Computer Gaming World which wrote an in-depth profile in issue #201 (April 2001) based on a visit by EIC Jeff Green. In his closing statements, Jeff Green called Derek “Smart, Witty, Stubborn, Angry, Tenacious, Loyal, Thoughtful, Obsessive & Proud”.
In 2010, Derek came on board and was tasked with heading the team, as well as seeing to the completion of the Alganon game which had previously suffered several development setbacks since its inception in 2006. He later became an investor and partner.
Derek’s many efforts at QOL include leading the completion of the Alganon game in 2010, shifting the game’s business model from subscriptions to the emerging Free To Play (F2P) model as well as Green lighting the implementation of key components such as PvP, a monetization platform, an expansion pack etc.
Today, Alganon v2.0 is a more advanced and completed game than any version before it. In the third quarter of 2011 when the 2.0 generation of Alganon was completed, a new 3.0 generation of Alganon went into production and through which the first expansion pack, Rise Of The Ourobani, was developed and released in Q1/2014 to critical acclaim.
GREG WEXLER, – FOUNDER/PARTNER
Gregory has twenty-five years of experience as an entrepreneur and business leader. He is the Chairman of SmartReply and Founder/member of The MortgageCoach (WowTools.com) — both firms recognized by the OC Business Journal as top fastest growing companies in Orange County (2007).
SmartReply, headquartered in Irvine, CA, is the largest provider of mobile and voice messaging services to retailers, grocers, financial services and agencies with 200 clients, including 55 of the NRF’sTop 100 Specialty Retailers.
MortgageCoach.com, headquartered in Irvine, CA has committed themselves to creating the mortgage industry’s most intuitive and powerful sales effectiveness solution for loan officers.
Gregory is passionate about his entrepreneurial endeavors because he enjoys the process: casting the vision, creating, building, and growing. “There is something invigorating about working with a team of people to build something challenging that stands out and goes a step beyond.”