Gordon Bellamy, the (now former) executive director of the International Game Developers Association, has stepped away
from the post to join Tencent
, the popular Chinese online social service. Bellamy will remain on the IGDA's board (where he was before he took the executive director post), but will step away from day-to-day operations. Dustin Clingman, the current board chair, will take over in the interim until a new director can be found.
Tencent runs a number of popular online social and gaming services in China (including the world's largest online community, QQ
), and has recently been putting together a collection of ties
to major Western gaming companies. Bellamy's Twitter account now lists him as the Director of Business Development and Industry Relations at Tencent. According to his recent tweets, he's "excited for Tencent"
and is "looking forward to working with the world."