Last December, Epic Games’ former president Mike Capps announced he was retiring from the company, but would stay on the board of directors in an advisory capacity. According to a post on Joystiq, however, his tenure even in that role has ended.
Capps wrote on his Facebook page last night:
“When we announced that I wanted to transition out of my leadership role at Epic, the plan was for a continued but less active role, service on the board of directors, and ideally, being that eccentric semi-retired guy who still comes to playtests and gold parties. I’m sad to say that plans have changed, and as of February 11th, I’m no longer affiliated with Epic Games. (I thought it best for Epic’s staff to hear it first, and the announcement was made today, so now I’m sharing this more widely.)
I have many wonderful memories of my time at Epic, and I wish my friends there all the best in their future projects.
So what’s next for me? Games have been so good to me, and I’m delighted to have the time to give back. I’m a member of several game industry boards, and I’m proud to serve as an advocate for our art in Washington. I’m considering seats on a few company and advisory boards, as well as options for teaching at one of the world-class universities in the North Carolina Triangle area. And mostly, I’m focused on being a new dad in a few short weeks. Time is flying by, and I’ve still got a dozen games I want to play before the UnSleep begins!”
The statement seems to raise a few questions as to what’s happened between Capps and the company he founded, though at the very least, the split seems relatively amicable and drama-free (certainly on the face of it, I should point out).
Epic Games released this statement on the new status quo at the Unreal Engine studio:
“When Mike Capps retired last year, he stayed on the board in an advisory role. As we’ve been mapping out the future for the new Epic Games, we decided it was best to get a fresh start with the new management. We thank Mike for his years of service at Epic and we wish him well in retirement and fatherhood.”
So there we go. Where will Capps show up next? What will the new Capps-free Epic Games look like? I suppose we’ll have to wait and see.