Update January 26th: My own look back at Rod Humble’s time at Linden Lab.
Update January 25th: Gamesbeat has caught-up with the news.
Update: Games industry has covered the news as well.
Update: The message on Rod Humble’s Facebook page confirming his departure from the Lab reads: “Its been a great 3 years! All my thanks to my colleagues at Linden Lab and our wonderful customers I wish you the very best for the future and continued success! I am starting-up a company to make Art, Entertainment and unusual things! More on that in a few weeks!”
Jo Yardley has posted that Rod Humble has apparently left Linden Lab. In a blog post she states:
In a personal message to me via facebook send a few minutes ago, Rod Humble told me that he has left Linden Lab as CEO last week.
After 3 years of running Linden Lab and bringing a lot of improvements to Second Life he resigned and is going to start up his own company that will make art, entertainment and all sorts of wonderful stuff.
It is not yet clear who will replace him but I wish him lots of success with his new project.
This news comes as a bit of a surprise and shock and there is no official announcement yet.
As noted in Jo’s post, there is no official announcement on the matter, but I have contacted the Lab in an attempt to gain further verification. I’ll provide an update should any reply be forthcoming. Even if confirmation is given, and there is no reason to doubt the veracity of Jo’s post, it is unlikely the circumstances behind his departure will enter the public domain