Co-Founders Of Bioware Retire From Company

Bioware has announced that company co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk are retiring. Both have written individual posts to explain their decisions.

Ray Muzyka has written in his letter that he decided to leave the games industry completely, instead focusing on a different industry. He had decided to retire from video games in April 2012, giving the company a six month notice period.

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“I feel the need now to move on to a new chapter in my career. With the growth of BioWare to multiple locations as part of a public company, following two decades of multiple successful product launches across many platforms and business models, I’ve largely personally achieved what I wanted in videogames; I now desire to take on a brand new entrepreneurial challenge.”

Greg Zeschuk stated in his letter that the passion for gaming and creating them has largely gone. Instead he will be taking a break from the games industry pursuing personal projects, though Greg does say that he may not return to the industry at all. He also thanked fans.

“I’d also like to thank the fans that have supported us across so many games over the decades we’ve been plying our craft. One of my favorite experiences is hearing from people about how much they’ve enjoyed a recent release or BioWare classic; it seems to happen all the time so clearly we’ve had an impact. Sure we’ve had our disagreements with the fans (and them with us), but frankly I understand how that’s driven by passion and love of the games. It’s exhilarating to consider how many lives we’ve touched with the entertainment we’ve created over the last 20 years.”

If you would like to read their letters in full then you can do here and here. We at TSA wish both men success in any future endeavours, and would like to thank the pair for helping to create some of the best games ever played.

Source: Bioware

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6 Comments

  1. Notice EA have teased some more ME3 DLC just as news from these departures broke out, coincidence?

    What’s the betting these pair don’t start a new project via Kickstarter once the dust has settled?

    • Yesterdays announcement that DA3 will use frostbite also,everything else mentioned was vapor.
      Still many good memories down to these guys and their team.I wish them good luck.

  2. I wonder if they were forced to leave by EA or it was their own choice?(i know the letters do have a reason but that could be for PR reasons) I wouldn’t put it past EA to force out the co founders if they didn’t get along as they seem to be willing to do whatever it takes to make cash. I hope this is not the begining of the end of Bioware as i think Origin’s days were numbered when their co-founders left.(not the service but the developer behind Ultima)

    • Bioware have kind of bucked the trend of what normally happens when EA buys a company out, I wonder if now these two are no longer leading the way that EA’s normal wrecking of a great development studio will continue.

  3. Well, thats Bioware finished now then.

  4. Whilst I think EA are ruthless and a particularly cut-throat company in the gaming industry, part of the problem is that publishers buying a studio is not seen as a two-way street… it’s not just the publishers that get something out of this, the studios look to get more fluid cash flows – creating games particularly of the quality that gamers have recently demanded this gen, is an expensive business, and with no acceptable secondary revenue generator (many people don’t like, and some will go so far as to regularly boycott DLC for games, but might happily pay £100 to see a live music act for an hour), coupled with a view that games are somehow economically unique in their not being allowed, by their customer base, to be subject to the CPI or inflation.

    Unfortunately a lot of these costs are up front and before release, and however greedy you think a publisher is and it’s all about profit, first and foremost it’s about recovering the up-front costs first – the investment has to be returned, before profit is even thought about.

    Then again it’s just all to easy to play the ‘Company X is evil’ card, rather than apply the basic rules of economics, however disheartening that might be.

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