In the wake of Cliff Bleszinksi and Rod Fergusson leaving Epic Games, president Mike Capps announced in December that he would step down from his position as President, but remain on the company’s board of directors. As of February 11, however, Capps is officially no affiliated with the studio in any capacity. Capps first tweeted the news today stating “So, yes, I’m no longer affiliated with Epic. I have many wonderful memories, and wish my friends the best in their future projects.” He then followed it up with a more lengthy post on Facebook, stating:
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!
So that’s it. Epic’s three figureheads are officially no longer associated with the company. Whether or not the studio will be shifting focus with the staff shake-up is unknown, but we wish Mike Capps the best of luck in any future endeavors.