Epic Games president Mike Capps has stepped down after leading the studio for 10 years. The reason for his departure is to focus on being a father. He did say he will remain with Epic in and advisory role, but he is retiring from being the president.
"After 10 crazy and wonderful years, I’m handing off my current presidential duties at Epic, and transitioning into an advisory role as well as remaining on the Epic board of directors," said Mike Capps in a statement.
"After dedicating a decade of my life to Epic, and with so many close friends here, it’s impossible to just walk away," added Capps. "I absolutely love this company. If you cut me, I think I probably bleed nanoblack and Imulsion. Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney and other board members asked me to stay on the board, and I’m thrilled to do so as I’m truly excited about our future games and Unreal Engine 4."
"As I mentioned above, I’ll continue to be available as a resource to Epic, to provide context or advice where I can," Capps continued. "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."
Mike Capps is the third high profile departure from Epic Games. Gears of War lead Cliff Bleszinski left the company earlier this year, while production director Rod Fergusson left to join Bioshock developer Irrational Games.
Epic games has recently expanded by opening up a studio, Impossible Studios, based out of Maryland. Epic also purchased Bulletstorm developer People can Fly. The company has locations in North Carolina, Maryland, Utah, Washington, Japan, Kora, and Poland.