Mike Capps, president of Epic Games, announced this week that he will be leaving his position and stepping down to an advisory role within the company. He will also remain on Epic’s board of directors.
This announcement comes just two months after design director Cliff Bleszinski announced that he would be leaving Epic. While the reason for Bleszinski’s departure was vague, Capps has a perfectly solid reason for handin off his presidential duties. From Capps’ announcement at the Inside Epic blog:
“If you haven’t heard, I have a baby boy on the way. I’m fortunate that with Epic’s success and generosity, I can be a stay at home dad for a while. My wife Julianne and I are very happy in Raleigh, and other than cleaning up baby barf, I don’t have much planned. I might do some teaching, spend more time on creative writing, and maybe get more active with a few charities.”
Capps revealed through his Twitter account that he will be celebrating his 10 years at epic with a suitably fancy wine:
Capps emphasized that he isn’t just walking away from Epic, and will be available “as a resource to Epic, to provide context or advice where I can.” He also expressed his confidence that the remaining executives can handle the transition and business of running one of the most prestigious game studios in existance. From the blog:
Whatever I can do to help in Epic’s success, I’m in! I’ve got great confidence in our executive team – VP of Development Paul Meegan is new to our Raleigh HQ, but we’ve worked with him for years, and I can only contemplate this retirement knowing that he and VP of Operations John Farnsworth can manage development better than I ever did.