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[PCPer/TR] The Tech Report's Scott Wasson leaves to work for AMD

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AMD has just announced that Scott Wasson, Editor-in-Chief at The Tech Report, will leave his site and join their ranks.

Scott Wasson was asked by Raja Koduri to join the Radeon Technologies Group, their intention being to implement the work he did with (and surrounding) his frame time benchmark to improve user experience. Scott Wasson will step down as Editor-in-Chief of The Tech Reprot, and promote Jeff Kampman in his place.

"Some months ago, I got a phone call from Raja Koduri, who heads up the newly formed Radeon Technologies Group at AMD. Raja asked me if I'd be interested in coming to work at AMD, to help implement the frame-time-based testing methods for game performance that I've championed here at TR. In talking with Raja, I came to see that he has a passion for doing things the right way, for creating better experiences for Radeon owners. He was offering me a unique opportunity to be a part of that effort, to move across organizational lines and help ensure that the Radeon Technologies Group creates the best possible experiences for gamers.

In the end, this opportunity was simply too good to pass up. Early in the new year, I will be joining AMD in my new role"

Source: http://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/Tech-Reports-Scott-Wasson-Leaves-AMD
Source 2: http://techreport.com/blog/29390/into-a-new-era
Edited by BiG StroOnZ - 12/2/15 at 10:41pm
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TR had some serious podcasts in his period. I hope they continue with their standard of excellence.
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Good for Scott, I just hope TR survives all their recent losses. It's my go-to hardware news site atm.
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Good for Scott, I just hope TR survives all their recent losses. It's my go-to hardware news site atm.

TR will be fine. Even after Cyril left it managed to carry on without a hitch. It's too bad another person has to leave, but it would be selfish for anyone to not be happy for him with his new opportunity with AMD.
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I like Scott, but one does wonder how qualified he is for this whilst still appreciating his experience.
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I think this is a positive move from AMD. Its showing that they are not only trying to righten the capsized "driver" ship but intend to start making it fly.
More "user" focus can only be a good thing for AMD especially having someone with the Experience that Scott has in this field.
I can see good things coming from future AMD driver releases thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif
   
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I like Scott, but one does wonder how qualified he is for this whilst still appreciating his experience.

I piece of paper is worth zero in comparison to proven experience.
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I wonder if that means AMD is going to try and actively sway the public opinion through press. Wasson was almost openly hostile towards them the last couple of years at least. Interesting times.
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I piece of paper is worth zero in comparison to proven experience.

I agree, but testing frame latency is something that with a little experience, a lot of users could achieve. What AMD require is something that without the correct qualifications, nobody could do. Which is one of the most difficult form of programming in the industry - drivers. These are the people that go entirely unappreciated because people only care when something isn't working correctly.
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I agree, but testing frame latency is something that with a little experience, a lot of users could achieve. What AMD require is something that without the correct qualifications, nobody could do. Which is one of the most difficult form of programming in the industry - drivers. These are the people that go entirely unappreciated because people only care when something isn't working correctly.
Drivers don't matter in Directx 12. Crafty developers do, on the other hand.
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