Royal O'Brien served as a US Marine and is a business and engineering veteran with more than 30 years of experience in the corporate enterprise and video game industries. He has founded and exited multiple companies helping service and license technologies to various Fortune 500 companies. Much of his time is spent working with partners and the community to create business and open-source practices for the Open 3D initiatives in the Linux Foundation. He previously served at Amazon as the Game Tech Chief Evangelist, working directly with senior leaders at AWS to create the overall vision and strategy to define the O3DE open source project, plan, license, timeline, and features in the preview and final release. Before Amazon, he served as a senior engineer and executive responsible for corporate development, VC funding, and enterprise negotiations, focused on strategic marketing initiatives.