Mike Capps is turning over his duties as president of Epic Games.
Capps, who has led the Cary gaming company for 10 years, announced his decision on in a blog post on Epic's web site. He will remain on the Epic board of directors and continue in an advisory role. He also promised the occasional gamer and foodie (he's a self-described "huge foodie) musings @epicactual.
The reason for his move? A bundle of joy.
"If you haven’t heard, I have a baby boy on the way. I’m fortunate that with Epic’s success and generosity, I can be a stay at home dad for a while. My wife Julianne and I are very happy in Raleigh, and other than cleaning up baby barf, I don’t have much planned. I might do some teaching, spend more time on creative writing, and maybe get more active with a few charities."
Capps' leaving is the latest in a series of changes at Epic this year. In October, Cliff Bleszinski, the creative force behind the company's "Gears of War" and Unreal Tournament," left for what he called "a much needed break" after 20 years of almost nonstop work.
In his goodbye post, Capps said he had great confidence in the company's executive team, John Farnsworth, vice president of operations, and Paul Meegan, vice president of development.
Meegan recently joined Epic after a two years as president of LucasArts. It's a return of sorts for Meegan, who started Sinister Games in Chapel Hill in 1997 and later helped start Epic Games China in 2006 before going to LucasArts.