Mike Capps steps down as president of Epic Games

Mike Capps steps down as president of Epic Games
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

December 4th 2012 at 9:30PM

Capps to take up advisory role as well as remaining on the board of directors

Mike Capps has stepped down from his position as president of Epic Games after nearly ten years at the helm.

Capps, whose wife has a baby on the way, is to take on an advisory role at the Gears of War studio and will also remain on the board of directors.

He said he did not have much planned, but was considering getting into teaching, spending more time on creative writing and being more active with a few charities.

Capps' duties will now be split between VP of development Paul Meegan and VP of operations John Farnsworth.

"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," said Capps.

"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.

"As I mentioned above, I’ll continue to be available as a resource to Epic, to provide context or advice where I can. 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."

As well as working at Epic, Capps also holds a number of other game industry-related roles, and is on the board of directors at the International Game Developers Association, as well as also being a board member at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences in California.