Epic Games President Mike Capps Leaves Role to Be a Father

by William D'Angelo, posted on 05 December 2012 / 5,426 Views

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.


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7 Comments

Kasz216 (on 07 December 2012)

That is, after they were already rich as hell... pretty much by far the dominant engine seller in the last couple generations. For a comparison they paid like... 400 Million for a majority stake in Riot. (League of Legends.)


Kasz216 (on 07 December 2012)

Good for him. As for why he's leaving, I think the answer is... all the people with company stock are probably rich as hell now after selling a minority stake to tencent holdings.


007BondAgent (on 06 December 2012)

seems like people are leaving epic as of late... what gives.


Jedidiah-Rose (on 05 December 2012)

I'm not being a troll here, but looks like Epic is going through some rough times in terms of it's employees.


SxyxS (on 05 December 2012)

Usually a company is taken over first and than left by their most important people after a while,like it happened with rare and bioware. seems this time they are leaving before the takeover?maybe coincidence,maybe ms.


SxyxS (on 05 December 2012)

Usually a company is taken over first and than left by their most important people after a while,like it happened with rare and bioware. seems this time they are leaving before the takeover?maybe coincidence,maybe ms.


Icy-Zone (on 05 December 2012)

He left his job to become a father? I don't want to sound sexist here, but this guy sounds really feminine. Was he to busy delivering the baby out of his body, or was it that he was too busy breastfeeding to continue making a living?


Podings (on 06 December 2012)

Being president of a place like Epic is probably rather stressful, and I don't think it's necessarily "feminine" to want to spend time with your children.

"Making a living" is probably also not and issue for someone who's been running Epic for a full decade and is a shareholder and part of the board.


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GhaudePhaede010 (on 06 December 2012)

Some people take parenthood more seriously than anything else in their life. I respect anyone, mnale or female that would put their child/children before anything else. That is the way I believe people should priortize their life.


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Heavenly_King (on 06 December 2012)

I concur with GhaudePhaede010.


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