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E. Daniel Arey

Advisor Greater Los Angeles Area, US

Writer, Blizzard Entertainment and Creative Director, VisionArey Entertainment.

Writer, Blizzard Entertainment and Creative Director, VisionArey Entertainment.

50 vouches

Involved In


ArtisTech Development


Activision, Inc
Google, Inc.
Blizzard Entertainment
Electronic Arts (EA)
Pandemic Studios
Sony Computer Entertainment Amer


Writer Blizzard Entertainment 2009 - present
Creative Director VisionArey Entertainment January 2007 - present
Creative Director Naughty Dog September 1997 - January 2007
Lead Game Designer Crystal Dynamics 1992 - 1997


California State University-Sacramento 1983 - 1988
Trinity 1976 - 1982
Trinity Christian School 1976 - 1982
Victory 1976 - 1982
Victory Christian School 1976 - 1982

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Creativity
  • • Game development
  • • Creative Direction
  • • Game design
  • • Mobile Apps
  • • Product Development
  • • User Experience Design
  • • Writing
  • • Creative Director
  • • Console Games
Markets of Interest
  • • Games
  • • Mobile
  • • Media
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Education
  • • Social Impact
  • • Healthcare
  • • Smart Home
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Content
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Higher Education
  • • Edutainment
  • • Movies/Film
  • • TV
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Fitness
  • • Wellness
  • • Quantified-self

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Project management • Mobile Games • Video Games • Game Designer • Creative Director • story development • writer • Educational Software • IP Development

Key Accomplishments

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Louis Castle
We worked together  •  Executive, Creative, Artistic and Technical Director, Castle Production Services and Member, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.
Dan has a great creative and analytical mind with a robust track record.
Flint Dille
We worked together  •  Owner, GZP. Previously Creator, Transportopia. University of Southern California grad.
They didn't have 'creative' on the list above, but E. Daniel Arey is one of the most creative people I've ever met. He's loaded with ideas, ... backed with extremely powerful analytical abilities. He's also, a very hard worker and has a long, platinum track record in the game business. Highly recommended.
Jason Bell
We worked together  •  Chief Creative Officer, Startup. Previously EVP of Product, GlobeX Studios. University of Virginia grad.
deep knowledge of the industry, historical and current perswpective
Jeff Lander
We worked together  •  Technical Director, Big Red Button Entertainment, Inc. and Founder,
Dan has very strong creative instincts. He is very good at communicating with his team and bridging the differences between the development ... group and executives.
Chris Hibbert
We worked together  •  Project Lead, Zocalo Open Source Prediction Markets. Previously Software Engineer, Google. Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad.
Dan is a great idea generator, and he does a good job of pushing a team to get their ideas fleshed out and shippable.
Keith Kiyohara
We worked together  •  Engineering Manager, Google. Previously S/W Architect, Neven Vision.
Great working with Dan at Niantic! Niantic was a internal Google startup.
Stephen White
We worked together  •  Chief Technical Officer, Immersion Systems, LLC. Previously Co-Lead Tools & Engine Programmer, Sucker Punch Productions.
In my 30+ years of video game development experience I've had the opportunity to work with many creative people and Dan Arey is near the top ... of the list.
Lindsey Townley
They're my school  •  Animation & Digital Arts Student, University of Southern California. University of Southern California grad.
Creates opportunity
Mark Dochtermann
We worked together  •  World Changer, Google. Previously CTO First Person Shooters, EALA.
Dan is very creative but channels his creativity into business practical ideas.
Gina Lau
They're my friends  •  West Region Director, CNS Field Medical Affairs, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc.. University of Southern California grad.
Visionary, thinks outside the box,
Debbie Rafei
They're my friends  •  Controller/ Legal Counsel, Big Red Button Entertainment, Inc.. Previously Assistant General Counsel, Sony Pictures Entertainment.
E. is extremely creative, he sees the big picture, he has a hunger to achieve, and he is an expert in his field.
Mark Pope
We worked together  •  Founder & CEO, Jolly Good Jobs and Console Lead Programmer, Big Red Button Entertainment, Inc..
Brian Rose
We worked together  •  Community manager, Google. University of Washington grad.
Dan applies his game design thinking and background to solving real problems.
Carl Damerow
We worked together  •  Business Development Manager, Niantic, Inc.. Previously Business Development Manager, Google.
Dan has the ability to design and deliver games that are fun, actually fun. His approach to game (and product) design is the definition of s ... crappy effectiveness; he designs, he tests the hell out of it, he pokes and prods for holes, and he makes things better. He can hold his own in a room of opinionated engineers and designers and he does so without pissing anyone off. Dan can take criticism when its due and he can double down on a point that he knows he right on. As a game developer, we bring Dan in to fix broken pieces and to make good pieces better.
Ryan Aquino
We worked together  •  Test Engineering Lead, Google. Previously Lead SQA Engineer, Symantec. University of Southern California grad.
He's professional, friendly, and talented
Britton Ashley Arey, MD MBA
We worked together  •  Psychiatrist (MD) Founder, CEO of South Coast Psychiatry, Inc. Residency at UCLA. Undergrad at University of Southern California.
He is one of the most creative geniuses I have ever met.
Sean Wissler
We worked together  •  Senior Game Designer, Big Red Button Entertainment, Inc.. Previously Lead Designer, 5TH Cell Media.
Dan is a true visionary and creative. In working with him, I'm always amazed at his big picture view and out of the box thinking. He's al ... so extremely easy to work with, totally collaborative with no ego.
Khaled Abdel Rahman
We worked together  •  Lecturer, University of Southern California and Product Manager, Google. University of Southern California grad.
He has brilliant ideas and a great insight into the future success stories
John Zuur Platten
We worked together  •  Instructor, New York Film Academy and Partner / Executive Producer, Illusionary Studios, LLC.
He has drive and vision.
Morgan Gerhard
We worked together  •  Entrepreneur, .
I have know Daniel for a great many years & worked with him on many video game projects. In addition to recording the voices of the game ch ... arters he wrote, we would spend hours talking about all the other creative projects he wants to pursue. He is focused, smart & when he wants to do something, he does it!!
Jeremy Gibson
We worked together  •  Founder, ExNinja Interactive, LLC and Lecturer - Game Design & Development, University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Carnegie Mellon grad.
Dan and I taught the flagship game design class together at the University of Southern California. He took about half of the lectures and di ... d a fantastic job of conveying real-world information to the students, helping them get ready for both career and entrepreneurship. Dan has a lot of experience working at various levels of business and entrepreneurship, and he's a hell of a designer to boot.
Jennifer Guild
They're my friends  •  Global Food Science and Regulatory Manager, DDW The Colour House (D.D. Williamson). Previously Regulatory Manager, T. Hasegawa. University of Ca
E. is intelligent and resourceful so will think of creative solutions to problems. His ability to communicate his plan and persuade others t ... o embrace his ideas would be an asset to any entrepreneur.
Jenova Chen
We worked together  •  President & Creative Director, thatgamecompany. Previously Co-founder & Creative Directior, thatgamecompany.
Josh Klein
We worked together  •  Culture Hacker, H4X Industries. Previously Technology Principle, Frog Design. NYU grad.
E's smart, motivated, and capable.
Thomas Greanias
We worked together  •  Northwestern grad.
Yes, absolutely. I've seen him come up with the "big ideas" over and over for companies and teams big and small. His intuitive, creative, ... breakthrough thinking -- in the tech world, no less -- have benefitted more than a few heavy hitters. If anyone deserves to benefit more from his genius it's him.
Segal Gary
They're my friends  •  Worked , and Retired, TRW Space & Technology Redondo Beach California.
Adaptable with many, many talents.
Jesse Schell
They're my friends  •  Professor of Entertainment Technology, Carnegie Mellon University and Owner, Schell Games. Carnegie Mellon grad.
He's fully of great ideas, and is practical enough to make them happen!
Jason (Jake) Lopez
We worked together  •  Head Of School, The Pegasus School. Previously Associate Director, Laboratory Schools, The University of Chicago.
E. Daniel is a big thinker with tons of energy and ideas. Most important is that he is always trying to think of ways to improve OUR situat ... ion, not simply his. He has been very generous with his time and is a relationship builder.
Daryl Nickerson (
They're my friends  •  Senior Programmer, QuestSoft. Previously Contract Developer, Medsphere Systems Corporation.
Dan is a highly intelligent and creative individual with a passion for success.
Michael Becker
We worked together  •  Creative Director, Intific,Inc. and Creaive Director, Intific. University of California, Los Angeles grad.
Dan is an exceptional talent who has been successful in driving innovation in multiple fields. I cannot imagine a new venture that Dan could ... not make golden, as he has for several multi-million dollar franchises.
Kathleen Nickerson, PhD
They're my friends  •  Licensed Clinicial Psychologist, Dr Kathy & Company. Previously Chief Operating Officer, Feel Better Network.
Dan embodies the best traits of a fearless entrepreneur: he seamlessly blends his creative and analytical abilities to deliver innovative pr ... oducts that change our world. As a fellow entrepreneur, I can tell you that he inspires me to up my technology game whenever we discuss new ideas. Personally, Dan is a lovely, kind, thoughtful guy who encourages discussion and is easy to spend time with. I couldn't recommend him more highly; he's an asset to any group.
Dr. Marc Siemens D.C.
They're my friends  •  Owner, Dr. Marc Siemens D.C..
Danny has always been a super motivated individual who likes to get things done. When he wants to accomplish something it will be done. I ... would like to say that Danny has one of the more creative minds I have run across in my years knowing him. I have no doubt he would be a valuable asset to your group.
Christy Emigh-Hutton
They're my friends  •  Head-Elect, Academic Dean and Science Division Chair, Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School. University of California, Santa Cruz grad.
His perspective and creative capacity are unique and powerful.
Lyle Hall
We worked together  •  President & CEO, Heavy Iron Studios, Inc. and Consultant, JollyboX. University of California, Los Angeles grad.
Sam Sarkar
We worked together  •  Senior Vice President, infinitum nihil.
Dan is an orthogonal thinker. Full stop.
Bach Le
They're my friends  •  Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Bach Le, DDS, MD, Inc. and Clinical Associate Professor, USC School of Dentistry.
Dan is very friendly and resourceful !
John Melchior
We worked together  •  Executive Producer - Vice President of Design and Development - Studio Head - Creative Director - Writer
He is a dreamer. But a dreamer that has brought thoughts, ideas, and passion to real life. I would NOT hesitate to take any journey with him ... .
Warren Spector
They're my friends  •  Director, Denius-Sams Gaming Academy, The University of Texas at Austin. Northwestern grad.
His extensive experience working in a variety of companies as well as on his own as a game design consultant makes him an excellent candidat ... e for advisory roles, for both early stage game developers as well as more established ones. Should he choose to start his own studio, I have no doubt he would have a solid chance of success with appropriate financial and business support.
Chris Swain
We worked together  •  Principal, Swain Corp. and Member Board of Directors, ORCAS Healthcare Technology.
Dan is an A-list creative with experience leading teams, building teams, managing complex software projects. Most importantly he knows how t ... o execute at the highest level - e.g. AAA video games. He has a deep network of contacts and a world class track record of success.
Yi Han
We worked together  •  Product Manager, Google X and Sourcing & Due Diligence, Harvard Business School Angels. Harvard grad.
What makes Dan so unique is that he combnies the deep domain expertise and managerial experience of an industry executive with the scrappine ... ss and fearlessness of a builder. Dan is also hands down one of the most creative and authentic people I've gotten to work with. I vouch for Dan enthusiastically with no reservations.
Rachel Hanig Grunspan
We worked together  •  Analyst, USGov.
Danny Bilson
We worked together  •  Faculty, University of Southern California, School for Cinematic Arts. Previously Executive Vice President Core Games, THQ.
Very experienced in all aspects of game development. Dan has major credits and many years experience in the field.
John Main
We worked together  •  Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Previously Chief Operating Officer, Intific. Vanderbilt grad.
He has the right mix of independent, original thought and ability to work with a group to build something that is greater than the sum of th ... e parts. This is rare and valuable.
Tony Pabon
We worked together  •  Sr. Software Engineer, Intel Corporation. Previously Software Engineer, Play Incorporated.
I've seen Dan excel at whatever he puts his mind to. Everything he touches is better after he has applied his creative skills. As a busine ... ss partner in the early 1980s, Dan helped differentiate our company with creativity that impressed everyone.
Christian Busic
We worked together  •  EVP Creative Director, Status Not Quo, Inc and Studio Head, Oddly Even Studios. University of Southern California grad.
He is a driven, highly motivated, and talented creative. He has many years experience and is able to apply that experience to a wide variety ... of challenges.
Eric Zimmerman
They're my friends  •  Arts Professor, NYU Game Center and Game Designer, Gamelab.
Marc Schneider
They're my friends  •  Shareholder, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth. Previously Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates.
Dan is very intelligent, knowledgeable in a number of areas, intellectually curious, and always learning. Full of ideas, but also knows how ... to implement those ideas.
Charles Spirakis
We worked together  •  Software Guy, Google. Previously Senior Staff Software Engineer, Intel Corporation. University of California, Berkeley grad.
When I was working with Dan on a startup game, Dan tended to think outside the box. He looked for unusual elements to add to game play and w ... as very data-driven to see which ones would enhance play (and bring users back) and which ones didn't.
James Waugh
We worked together  •  Director, Story & Creative Development, Blizzard Entertainment. Previously Lead Writer, Franchise Development, Blizzard Entertainment.
Dan is a hustler and has vision.
Keith Boesky
They're my friends  •  Principal, Boesky & Company and Advisor, Osterhout Design Group. University of California, Los Angeles grad.
Dan is a great communicator and supremely creative.