Bioware cofounders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk both announced their retirement from the videogame industry yesterday. They each penned long farewell letters on Bioware’s site.
“After nearly two decades in videogames, I’ve decided to move on to pursue an entirely different set of challenges,” writes Ray. “The decision to leave the videogame industry is hard to explain, but essentially I feel similar now to how I felt in the early days of BioWare over the decade post-medical school, while I was still practicing as an ER physician, back when I first realized that the world of video games was my next career ‘chapter.'”
I’m humbled by the thought that I helped played a role, however small, in the successful evolution of the videogame industry which I still love so much. I will definitely miss this industry and my teams, but I also look forward to and am incredibly excited by the new challenges in the next chapter of my career.
“After nearly twenty years working at BioWare I’ve decided it’s time to move on and pursue something new,” writes Greg. After nearly twenty years working at BioWare I’ve decided it’s time to move on and pursue something new. “This decision isn’t without significant pain and regret, but it’s also something I know I need to do, for myself and my family. I’ve reached an unexpected point in my life where I no longer have the passion that I once did for the company, for the games, and for the challenge of creation.”
The people I work with now, and that I have worked with in the past, have inspired me and really made all of the challenges we’ve collectively faced over the years worthwhile. We have been blessed with tremendous success over the years at BioWare, and the reason is simply down to a large number of great people doing great work. Successful people or companies have to admit luck also plays a part in their success, and it certainly did for us; a few times over the years we made the right game at the right time and success flowed as a result. When we got it right, it was like a hole in one or a home run; it was a magical feeling and incomparable in positive impact for everyone involved.
“I want to offer an homage to the two men who founded this studio and helped build a global community of fans and friends,” wrote Aaryn Flynn, the general manager of BioWare Edmonton and Montreal. “Ray and Greg have been well-recognized for their creative achievements but their greatest legacy will be the culture and leadership team they built at BioWare.”
Ray and Greg built BioWare to last. They’ve always known their retirement would come one day, so they developed a team of people who would ensure their standards and culture would endure. We’ll humbly carry that torch and continue learning in the process.