Epic President Capps retires from the frontlines

After ten “crazy and wonderful years”, Dr. Mike Capps is stepping down as Epic Games President, in order to spend more time with his family. The veteran game developer isn’t disappearing completely, as Capps is staying firmly on the Epic board of directors, while moving into an advisory role.

Dr. Mike Capps

Dr. Mike Capps

Simply put, with a baby boy on the way, Capps has decided he wants to be a stay at home dad for a while. Current plans (“other than cleaning up baby barf”) include potentially spending time with creative writing pursuits, doing “some teaching” and potentially working with charity. At the same time, he might just choose to do nothing and enjoy the break.

After dedicating a decade of my life to Epic, and with so many close friends here, it’s impossible to just walk away. I absolutely love this company. If you cut me, I think I probably bleed nanoblack and Imulsion. (Wow, just think about what mixing those would do…) 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.

Capps’ shoes will be ably filled by a couple of Vice Presidents – Paul Meegan is new to the company’s Raleigh HQ, but has been working with the team for years. He’s now VP of Development, while John Farnsworth is VP of Operations.

If you’d like to keep up with what Capps is up to, pop over to his @epicactual Twitter account (for “occasional foodie and gamer musings”), but I’m sure we’ll see his name and smiling face pop up before too long.

As a member of the board, I’ll help keep the ship pointed directly towards Na Pali, and make sure that everything we do is Epic.

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