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Scott O’Gallagher leaves EA for 2K Sports - Update Aug 9th It Actually Happened

Postby 22cedric on Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:09 am

22cedric wrote:Scott O' Gallagher is now a gameplay producer for NBA 2K https://twitter.com/ScottOGallagher









Scott O’Gallagher leaves EA SPORTS for NBA 2K15 & 2K Sports

http://www.goodgamebro.com/2014/06/24/o ... 2k-sports/

In the Summer of 2012, EA SPORTS made a rather brilliant hire in bringing in former professional basketball player Scott O’Gallagher to work on the NBA Live development team.

After speaking with numerous sources close to both companies, it appears that O’Gallagher has left EA SPORTS & accepted an offer with 2K Sports. We haven’t been able to reach confirmation on what exactly that offer entails in terms of a position, but we’re under the impression that it deals with NBA 2K15‘s gameplay side of development.

To help further the rumor that his new position is with 2K Sports, we’ve noticed that two of his recent followers are 2K Sports & 2K Games employees. It’s incredibly likely that this is just a coincidence, but given the timing it lends further credibility to the 2K Sports rumor.

NBA Live 13 didn’t ship on its targeted date after O’Gallagher had been there for a few months, and EA SPORTS confirmed that they were focusing on NBA Live 14 instead. Live 14 released to a rather poor Metacritic rating, which lead to a series of open letters from the game’s executive producer Sean O’Brien.



In 2009, Mike Wang left 2K Sports to work for EA SPORTS & on NBA Live. Roughly a year and a half later, Wang had departed the studio to head back to 2K Sports. While we still don’t know the reason as to why O’Gallagher has left, having those two basketball minds potentially working together is exciting for sports gamers.

With NBA Live 15 releasing in October, it’s tough to tell what impact this may or may not have on development. O’Gallagher did solid work on Live 14‘s biggest gameplay additions last year in signature dribbling & team-specific defenses, but we’ve yet to hear of any additions to NBA Live 15 he may have worked on.

Rarely do you see employees jump to a competitor mid-cycle in the gaming industry, so it’s rather shocking news. We’ve reached out to confirm what O’Gallagher will be doing at 2K Sports, and we’ll update our article once we’ve had confirmation.
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Postby beegees on Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:46 am

I was thinking pre-order NBA Live 15, but now I will look out for.
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Re: Scott O’Gallagher EA SPORTS for NBA 2K15 & 2K Sports

Postby Andrew on Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:39 am

Certainly surprising news, but I would imagine that Scott has already put a lot of good work into NBA Live 15, and that he's not the only one putting good work into the game. In any event, best of luck to Scott.
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Re: Scott O’Gallagher leaves EA SPORTS for NBA 2K15 & 2K Sports

Postby Pdub on Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:40 am

What an odd move. They must have made an offer he couldn't pass up because he was the main guy from EA involving himself in the community and getting feedback from the fans. I really hope this doesn't destroy the dribbling system that EA was putting in place while Scott was there.

So, the big three. Mike Wang, Scott OG, and Leftos, are going to bring not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7.....
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Re: Scott O’Gallagher leaves EA SPORTS for NBA 2K15 & 2K Sports

Postby 22cedric on Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:29 am

Sunday Conversation with Prime @OptimusP76 and @Virtual_FBaller speak on the departure of @ScottOGallagher from @EASPORTSNBA

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Postby [Q] on Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:12 am

What's more interesting is that he seemed very invested in Live especially since they game him a shot in the business but then he made the decision to switch sides and take his talents to Nor Cal
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Re: Scott O’Gallagher leaves EA SPORTS for NBA 2K15 & 2K Sports

Postby bowdown on Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:24 pm

My eyes hurt too much right now to read but was it just about the money?
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Re: Scott O’Gallagher leaves EA SPORTS for NBA 2K15 & 2K Sports

Postby shadowgrin on Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:06 am

So what if it's about the money.

If he can still pursue his passion of making basketball videogames while getting paid more for it in a different company then more power to him.
Also, the man has a family or future to think about.

It's not like 2K will be over the salary cap if they gave him more $$$ and will be unable to sign other talented devs as a result of being over the salary cap. :roll:

It's not like EA is an outstanding model of showing loyalty to employees either.
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Postby Pdub on Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:50 am

What if it was his entire plan all along? Get in the door at EA as a rookie, learn and implement ideas and develop skills, then join a successful team to win a championship.
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Postby shadowgrin on Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:13 am

Then ScottOG, bedwardsroy19, Leftos, and Mike Wang need to take a paycut to have salary cap space in signing role developers to have a team that can compete for the championship.
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Postby zzcoolj21 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:06 pm

velvet bliss wrote:Then ScottOG, bedwardsroy19, Leftos, and Mike Wang need to take a paycut to have salary cap space in signing role developers to have a team that can compete for the championship.

Who need a team when you can have
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Postby shadowgrin on Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:26 pm

The competing developers might as well pack it up and call it a day.
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Postby bowdown on Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:31 pm

Leaving in the middle of a project and going to the competition isn't cool. It would be fine if he did it afterwards but right in the middle of it doesn't send a very good message. I wonder if EA got a chance to match their salary.
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Postby shadowgrin on Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:43 pm

Maybe Peter Moore wanted Live15 to go in a different direction again and to prevent that Scott O'Gallagher had to duel Moore to a game of 21.
OG lost so he had to hear the ol' EA Sports saying...

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Postby Retroswald13 on Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:13 am

bowdown wrote:Leaving in the middle of a project and going to the competition isn't cool. It would be fine if he did it afterwards but right in the middle of it doesn't send a very good message. I wonder if EA got a chance to match their salary.


I think there might be a very bad thing that happened in the development of Live 15 that would cause him to leave. You can't blame him if that's the case. :roll:
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Re: Scott O’Gallagher leaves EA SPORTS for NBA 2K15 & 2K Sports

Postby Pdub on Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:18 am

He showed up at OS. Apparently this story is complete BS.

http://www.operationsports.com/forums/s ... stcount=57
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Postby Retroswald13 on Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:19 am

Pdub wrote:He showed up at OS. Apparently this story is complete BS.


What do you mean Pdub? BS?
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Postby Pdub on Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:22 am

Bull shit. Meaning it's not true.
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Postby Retroswald13 on Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:31 am

Pdub wrote:Bull shit. Meaning it's not true.


Ohh.. Do you think that GoodGameBro is biased towards 2K to create more hype or something? :roll:
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Postby Pdub on Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:36 pm

I don't know about that. His description on twitter, at OS, and here still show him as an EA gameplay designer.
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Postby JBulls on Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:59 am

His response (the gif) is ambiguous to be honest but until the claim that he is no longer working for EA is substantiated no one should really assume otherwise.
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Postby 22cedric on Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:35 pm

Scott O' Gallagher is now a gameplay producer for NBA 2K https://twitter.com/ScottOGallagher
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Postby JaoSming on Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:24 pm

wow, surprised this is true


https://twitter.com/leftosa/status/497297158719426560

ok, maybe if I read that the other day I wouldn't have been so surprised :P
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Postby Retroswald13 on Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:42 pm

JaoSming wrote:wow, surprised this is true


https://twitter.com/leftosa/status/497297158719426560

ok, maybe if I read that the other day I wouldn't have been so surprised :P


So should we expect more of them?
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Postby shadowgrin on Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:59 am

Pdub wrote:He showed up at OS. Apparently this story is complete BS.

http://www.operationsports.com/forums/s ... stcount=57

Pdub being wrong again.

In hindsight.
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Postby JaoSming on Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:10 am

it could have been in reaction to the comments in that thread, no so much what it was about. All interpretation, just like how HL3 is a minigame in the PC version of the PS5 Xbox Two version of NBA 2K15.25

shit....Leftos is gunna kill me for leaking that. Birthday wish to not be sued? :bday:
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Postby Pdub on Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:20 am

Why would he join them and keep the NBA Live producer titles on his accounts for twitter and OS? Especially considering that he was working on 2K15 during the time?
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Postby JaoSming on Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:21 am

speaking of which, we should probably swap him over
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Postby JBulls on Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:23 am

Pdub wrote:Why would he join them and keep the NBA Live producer titles on his accounts for twitter and OS? Especially considering that he was working on 2K15 during the time?


I bet it was something to do with his contract
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Postby Pdub on Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:51 am

JaoSming wrote:speaking of which, we should probably swap him over



Think he'll even be active here?
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Postby JaoSming on Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:26 am

well if he decides to everything is all setup for him
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Postby [Q] on Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:11 pm

JaoSming wrote:wow, surprised this is true

These O's ain't loyal :lol:
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